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Environmental Monitoring in Urban Areas: Political Contexts and Policy Problems

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/12/1995
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Issue number4
Volume38
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)469-482
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Environmental monitoring activities are examined from a perspective which focuses on the political, economic and social factors which shape what we know and do not know about local environments. A UK urban case study is used to examine the range of influences that can operate on local level monitoring and comparisons are then made with the situation in three other European cities. Conclusions are drawn which debate the appropriate balance between local discretion and national and international direction in the collection of environmental information. It is argued that scrutiny of and revisions to the quality of current environmental monitoring in the UK and wider debate over questions of purpose, scope and resource commitment are needed.