introduction
INTRODUCTION
general
GENERAL
air
AIR
water
WATER
landscape
LANDSCAPE
waste
WASTE
noise
NOISE
health
HEALTH
appendices
APPENDICES

INTRODUCTION

The Yearbook PRAGUE – THE ENVIRONMENT is a periodic publication whose objective is to provide comprehensive information on the state of the environment in the City of Prague. It is devoted not just to authorities of public administration and municipal administration yet also to the wide professional as well as general public. The Yearbook 2002 is already the thirteenth one on the series of publications that have been issued since 1989 as the output of the Prague Environmental Information System (IOŽIP).

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Since 2000 issue the publication has had a new structure and its subject division follows principles, which have been lately standardised in making of alike publications abroad and in the Czech Republic. The Yearbook content and structure of themes reflect the scheme pressure – state – response, used internationally in classification of environmental indicators, for example. The publication accentuates its statistical nature (tables, graphs, charts, and maps; less and shortened texts). Information acquired over periods of couple years are given as conditions allow.

Chapter A – GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS, CAUSES, AND FACTORS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES includes, except for basic data on Prague, first of all data processed in cooperation with the Czech Statistical Office – population, houses and housing, data on finances, employment, production and consumption. Data on energy and transportation are given separately aside from the production and consumption data. Because of the damage both the residence and documents of the Czech Statistical Office during the floods in August 2002 for certain items updated data could not be given here.

The voluminous Chapter B – STATE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMPARTMENTS retains the common thematic division of data, i.e. air (meteorology, pollution sources, results of measurement and modelling), water, landscape, waste, and noise. This chapter is the one, developed employing data on the environmental compartments, which form the database of the IOŽIP system.

Chapter C – THE ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH contains basic data of medical statistics and from the monitoring systems, which should illustrate the conditions in Prague even though the data may not be necessary results of the worse quality of the environment.

The closing Chapter D – INSTRUMENTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION gives an overview of basic acts, decrees, and ordinances applied in the environmental care in Prague, data on EIA procedures, information on the new act on integrated pollution prevention and control, information on documents of the City development planning, the City projects and international cooperation in environmental informatics, overview of information sources on the internet, etc. At the Chapter end there is a subchapter dedicated to the floods in August 2002 and also the indicators included are a novelty this year.

Providing environmental information on the City forms a part of the overall development of public information services and the efforts to open the public administration towards the citizens. Ever growing use of the internet – besides printed publications – then reflects the technology development in recent years. The passing of the Act No. 123/1998 Code, on the right to information on the environment, and the Act No. 106/1999 Code, on free access to information were important milestones. Prague, due to its many-year traditions in processing and publishing of environmental data, can offer a really rich palette of information. Series of printed publications are accompanied with information accessible on the web pages of the City where there are not merely the series of yearbooks since 1992 yet also numerous sets of maps in the form of the Atlas of the Environment, or up-to-date data on air quality in the City measured in the network of stations of the Automated Immission Monitoring System. In latest years Prague has become more and more participating in the close international cooperation, especially within the structures of the European Union. Therefore the bilingual, Czech-English, character of the publication has become an ordinary matter.

The authors believe that, as in the previous years, all the interested in the environmental issues of the City of Prague will appreciate this offer of a wide range of information processed into the publication.

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