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June 27, 2017
​Barcelona Synchrotron Park’s sustainable brownfield restoration program presented at AquaConSoil 2017
Barcelona Synchrotron Park (BSP), locally known as Parc de l’Alba, covers 400 Ha. This area has been partially occupied in the past by different types of industrial activities mainly ceramic and related industries and former clay pits extractions that have been transformed into landfills.

These plots are currently under remediation thanks to a sustainable brownfield restoration program presented this week at the 14th AquaConSoil international conference on Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water Resources held in Lyon, France (26-30 June 2017). This work (paper here) is the result of a partnership between BSP, the MediTerra Consultors Ambientals Company, the CTM technology centre and the UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech).

BSP is an example of how the development of an extensive degraded area can be done using urban planning tools in a sustainable way with the objective of balancing economic viability, nature conservation and improvement of ecological systems and biodiversity, and the enhancement of the quality of life in surrounding communities.

This restoration program presented at AquaConSoil 2017 is part of the global BSP action program (here) designed to support its Green Infrastructure: it is structured in 5 strategic axes including Restoration and improvement of the ecological connectivity, implementation of nature-based solutions, ecological management of green spaces and pending building areas or support for agriculture.

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