The communication manager of the ANIMA project, Marius Nicolescu, contributed with an article to the International Airport Review magazine, about the adverse community reactions to aviation noise. He highlighted the ANIMA tools for noise mitigation, including a best practice portal and a virtual community tool. A central component of the ANIMA project is looking at how non-acoustical factors can be taken into account when designing intervention methods for airport noise. With the understanding that there are methods outside of direct noise reduction that can mitigate some of the adverse effects of noise, the ANIMA project is looking at which factors are most crucial. One of the most important is enhanced communication and engagement with affected communities. The project looked at how communication should be underpinned by a fair ‘common language’ that is comprehensible for all; access to expertise and underlying data should be available to all; and decision-making processes should be inclusive, transparent and allow the validity of claims to be challenged. The full article was published in the International Airport Review magazine. Please click here to access it.
The ANIMA project coordinator, Laurent Leylekian, contributed with an article to the Open Access Government magazine about the health consequences of aviation noise. He explained how the ANIMA project assesses the impact of aviation noise from a holistic approach, which also takes into consideration non-acoustical factors, and the solutions brought forward by the project. The ANIMA project aims at proposing Best Practices on noise management and mitigation and at offering a Noise Management Toolset to not only look at noise intensity, but to assess the impact of aviation noise on the whole chain of quality of life. ANIMA is therefore going to develop an online Best Practices Portal, which will look at what various stakeholders can do or avoid doing to mitigate noise impact. The recommendations will be tailored to the various users and their specificities. For instance, recommendations for an experienced airport will differ in nature and category from those for a local authority in an area with nascent traffic. These recommendations, though non-prescriptive, will be based on exhaustive studies, existing regulations and real case studies. To read more about the collective efforts of the ANIMA project for better aviation noise impact management, please click here for the full […]
Success strategies for noise mitigation in airport areas: Communication and two-way dialogue with communities
Noise management in airport areas can only be successful with the presence and dialogue between parties that are involved in creating the noise, but also those who can hear it. The ANIMA community engagement event, organised in Kranj, Slovenia aimed to put all relevant parties in the same room and see how they can improve and develop the transparency and efficiency of their communication. The event saw the presence of the airport sector (Fraport Slovenija), Air Navigation Service Providers (Slovenia Control), the Civil Aviation Agency, institutional bodies (Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Institute of Occupational Safety, National Institute of Public Health), and the local communities (City Municipality of Kranj and residents’ representatives). Kranj: Local authorities don’t often know what the airport is doing Kranj is the third largest city in Slovenia and is only 10 kilometres away from Ljubljana Airport, hence aircraft noise has an impact on those who live under flight paths. While collaborative decision-making groups for the development of common noise policies already existed, the local authorities and communities were often left out from the discussions, and decisions have been taken without informing them. For example, in 2013 there was a unilateral change of […]
In the framework of the Horizon 2020 Programme, the consortium of ANIMA project (Aviation Noise Impact Management through Novel Approaches) will organise a workshop on the topic of airport noise management: Transparent noise management and community engagement in Ljubljana airport area. The event will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2019 between 9:00 and 12:40, at the Municipality of Kranj, Slovenski trg 1, Kranj. The event will be followed by a closing networking lunch. You can access a draft agenda here. Airports are a symbol of inter-regional and global connectivity. However, an airport may affect the quality of life of residents. Airport noise has an impact on local communities, hence the aviation sector must consistently address the concerns of residents, given their increasing influence on planning and environmental decisions at national and local level. The ANIMA project is a people-oriented research project which actively seeks to engage with affected local communities, to listen to their needs and provide solutions. It has been estimated that one third of annoyance reactions can be explained by non-acoustic features due to the personal, social and situate factors (for instance attitude towards the noise source, etc.). ANIMA project brings together some of the key stakeholders from the European […]