- Understanding aviation noise
- Airport environment
As mentioned in the “Who is who” section of the Noise Platform, numerous stakeholders are involved in different roles of noise reduction interventions. It confuses the citizens – when people feel highly annoyed because of the noise, where can they ask for a solution? Or, how could they get involved in the decision-making process?
There are too many options – airports, environmental authorities, air traffic controllers, aviation authorities, etc. The feeling of helplessness frequently takes hold of the public when they realise that their questions or complaints are being passed from one authority to another without any solution.
The research carried out by ANIMA reveals that the coordination between involved stakeholders is essential. Pre-established forums, commissions or working groups that coordinate the demands of the public and provide them with a response are highly effective and increase the public’s trust, reduce authorities’ response time and improve the efficiency of the results.
One possible solution is to coordinate citizens demands by one internal centralised body. ANIMA has found some cases in which the airports have become the sole recipients of all kinds of public questions. At this instance, the airport is the coordinator and is answering the citizens (after debating) about potential solutions. At other times, the aviation authority coordinates the questions and looks for solutions while demanding answers of involved stakeholders.
The second possible solution is to trust the coordination role to the pre-established forums, commissions or working groups to.
EUROCONTROL’s Collaborative Environmental Management (CEM) is a working arrangement that brings together the core operational stakeholders at airports. The objective is to identify the environmental impact of operational constraints and to agree on a coordinated response that minimises the negative impact whilst maximising the airport’s current and future performance. Many airports in Europe have adopted CEM working arrangements.
Below, you can find a recording of the webinar “How Airports, Regions and Airlines use Collaborative Environmental Management?”.
Also, in 2019, ANIMA Project has organised an event in Slovenia “Success strategies for noise mitigation in airport areas: Communication and two-way dialogue with communities”.
It showed that prevention and proactivity are key points for noise management. The level of awareness often differs among stakeholders, hence the importance of working together towards a common noise policy which benefits all parties. With the support of the ANIMA Project initiative, a much-needed dialogue around Ljubljana Airport has started – a Dialogue Forum should consider the problems in the context of a broader picture including interdependencies, land-use planning and quality of life. To read about ANIMA intervention in Ljubljana, click here.