News from CREAL
On June 5th on the occasion of the World Environment Day, took place the "European symposium on air quality, noise and health effects on urban agglomerations”, an event organized by the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), an ISGlobal allied center.
As part of this event the Barcelona Declaration for Air Quality, Noise Reduction and Health Improvement in Big Cities was presented. The Barcelona Declaration calls with the aim of promoting and developing plans to improve air quality to put air pollution levels below the established legal levels. The promoters of the Declaration were the Department of Territory and Sustainability, the Department of Health from the Government of Catalonia, CREAL, ISGlobal and the Air Quality Initiative of the Regions network, consisting of 13 regions in Europe representing 22 % of GDP and 18% of the population (about 88 million), in which Catalonia takes part since its creation in 2011. The network includes many of the most densely populated and industrialized cities in 7 states, including Milan , Turin, Bologna, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Cologne, London and Barcelona.
Also, during the conference, the Plan to Improve the Air Quality in Barcelona, introduced last year, was explained. In addition, initiatives to raise awareness about the use of public transport and a more sustainable transport, to encourage walking and cycling in the daily mobility, were also explained.