Bert Smolders of ARCADIS has been with the UN-HABITAT Shelter programme for four years, and returned from the Philippines where he worked on re-construction and master-plans after the typhoon. BB caught up with him and learnt about some harsh lessons.
Neither Northern Ireland nor the Republic has contaminated land legislation and regulations, but both are dealing with that in their different ways. BB listens to the latest developments at its Brownfield Conference in Belfast.
DEFRA and Natural England are supporting an initiative by the invertebrate charity to encourage amateur wildlife enthusiasts to survey brownfield sites for "open mosaic habitat" so redevelopment of the site can be limited or prevented.
Fines, unpaid work and a proceeds of crime act order have been imposed over a massive illegal waste operation which saw thousands of tonnes of soils and other wastes, including chemicals, imported to a site near Peterborough.