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Much of the report develops a series of detailed recommendations and examples of good practice by which these principles can be implemented. The report has clearly had substantial impact and is the source of “inspirational examples, innovative approaches, and practical tips to demonstrate how much can be done to green cities and regions” (European Environment Agency, 1997, p. 42). A European good practices guide and Internet information service have also been prepared. One of the key outcomes of the work of the Expert Group was the initiation of the European Sustainable Cities and Towns Campaign, an informal network of European cities begun in 1994.

The city, at the encouragement of the residents, also commissioned an extensive study of the ecology of site, which resulted in the setting aside of a major portion of the parcel because of its emergence as an important wildlife habitat and movement corridor. The resulting homes will be clustered in a way that will leave a large portion of the parcel untouched. The need to adequately appraise and plan within the urban ecology of a site is another important lesson. The Dutch government has sought to make it easier for cities like Leiden to develop such sites infill through an innovative pilot program called Stad en Milieu (city and environment; See VROM, 1996).

The topic of sustainable cities has also been given considerable attention within the EU. The Green Paper on the Urban Environment, published in 16 Part I. Context and Background 1990, has been seen as a “milestone” document, prompting considerable discussion about the environmental role and context of cities. This document called for more integrated, holistic approaches to planning, and the need to view cities as a necessary part of the solution to global environmental problems (Commission of the European Communities, 1990; European Commission, 1994).

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