Geografie 1996, 101, 143-157

A New Approach to the Assessment and Delimitation of Environmentally Damaged Areas in the Czech Republic

Václav Poštolka

Faculty of Environmental Studies, J. E. Purkyně University, Na okraji 1001, 400 01 Ústí nad Labem, Czechia

The paper deals with the proposal of new criteria and methodology for geographical delimitation and differentiation of "environmentally damaged areas" in the Czech Republic. This new approach is based on "ecological, social and health load assessment" on the municipality area level by means of 27 proposed indicators. By means of this methodology more than 1200 selected municipalities out of the more than 6000 ones existing in the Czech Republic, all the municipalities from the North-West Bohemia area included, were assessed.


The proposed contribution is a part of the author's individual project, which has been done in the framework of the Global Security Fellows Initiative concerning the Black Triangle Focus Area, at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge (UK) in 1994 - 1995.