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Conference_programme: 12.1 - Noise control in low emission zones

Lecture: Tranquilization of urban areas in small and medium sized Mediterranean cities: implementation of regulations and solutions in the cities of Heraklion, Rethymnon and Florence (period from 1997 up today)

Author(s): Chonianaki Fotini, Luzzi Sergio, Bartalucci Chiara

Inhabitants of urban areas often suffer from high environmental noise levels in combination to the lack of other factors which could reduce the annoyance and increase tranquility. Consequently, noise action plans have to face and balance needs for quality of life improvement and avoidance of disturbances in everyday life. Nowadays plenty of data from researches, action plans and applications aimed to improve the urban acoustic environment are available. In this paper the considered urban areas are Heraklion and Rethymnon (respectively a medium and a small sized city in Crete Island) and Florence (a medium sized city located in the center of Italy). Moreover, contributions of two EU LIFE projects (HUSH and QUADMAP) mainly regarding critical and quiet areas and the proposed interventions for the rehabilitation and the improvement of the urban acoustic climate by actively involving the population are reported. The existing data prove that the above measures and plans have significantly contributed to the reduction of noise levels and to the improvement of tranquility.

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Name: Ms Fotini Chonianaki

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Country: Greece