Brownfield sites are sites that have been affected by the
former uses of the site and surrounding land, are derelict
or underused, may have real or perceived contamination
problems, are mainly in developed urban areas and require
intervention to bring them back to beneficial use.
In 2000, the number of brownfields in France was estimated
to be between 200,000 and 300,000, located mostly the Nord-Pas
de Calais, Lorraine and Rhône-Alpes regions (20,000 hectares
identified and being reclaimed). Since the 1980's, the
French government and the regions have developed a derelict
land policy and specific land reclamation programmes.
These initiatives combat harmful economic and ecological
effects and foster the positive development of derelict
sites and/or areas.
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