Ministry of environment and spatial planning has organised a regular coordination meeting to discuss plans for development of three Slovenian international airports at Ljubljana, Maribor and Portorož. Participants at the meeting represented the following stakeholders: Ministry of infrastructure, Ministry of defence, Ministry of health (represented by the National institute of public health -NIJZ), the Institute for the protection of cultural heritage of Slovenia, Slovenian water agency, SHS Aviation Ltd., DRI Investment Management Ltd., Aquarius ecological engineering Ltd. and Spatial Planning Aleš Mlakar IC. The meeting highlighted the main issues of new plans. The airport of Ljubljana is planning a future railway connection with the city of Ljubljana. The coastal airport of Portorož, which is planning prolongation of the runway, is still dealing with a decision regarding planning all needed measures to protect the nearby Sečovlje Salina natural park. The airport Maribor is planning enlargement of the airport facing issues like use of agricultural land and noise that may represent a problem for the residential areas in vicinity. National institute of public health (NIJZ) recognised this meeting as a good opportunity to present the work going on in the ANIMA project. NIJZ presented two deliverables: the Pan-European overview of Existing Knowledge […]
ANIMA experts from Manchester Metropolitan University and Iasi Airport co-organised with the Association of Romanian Airports the International Seminar on Environment Topics and Airport Approaches. During the seminar, ANIMA experts and local stakeholders exchanged ideas on aviation noise and the novel approaches that impact its management that ANIMA can bring forward. Several ANIMA project partners participated in this international seminar, including the ANIMA communication partner, Airport Regions Conference (Belgium) and Transport System Catapult (United Kingdom). The leader of the set of activities related to the critical review and assessment of noise impact and related management practices, Delia Dimitriu (Manchester Metropolitan University), emphasised the efforts done in ANIMA project for knowledge transfer: “There is good potential in the area and we wish to transfer the knowledge that we generated from research together with the experts from Iasi Airport to other airports as well. Together with other ANIMA partners, we are here today to develop ANIMA project. The issue of aviation noise and the impact which it has over the surrounding communities are extremely important aspects. Through ANIMA we strive to identify the best suitable solutions”. The general director of Iasi Airport, Catalin Bulgariu, highlights that Iasi Airport aims to develop sustainably, […]
The first encounter with local communities and other stakeholders took place in Gavà, Spain, where yet another ANIMA dissemination event was organised. This event was hosted by the Municipality of Gavà and its aim was to enhance stakeholder engagement. The event opened up dialogue on several topics, such as land use planning, quality of life, noise measurement, noise impact management and the European regulatory framework on aviation noise. While different perspectives contributed to the topics, the event proved to be the right medium for encouraging the stakeholders to work together towards a shared vision, one of mitigating and reducing the impact of aviation noise. Aviation noise is one of the main challenges hindering the development of aviation, and it affects millions of citizens around Europe. As a result, airport residents in particular, and aviation stakeholders in general, have vast expectations when it comes to related research. European funds are dedicated to this important topic through different projects, the most innovative one being the ANIMA project. It is novel in the sense that it puts emphasis on both the noise management and the affected communities. Having this particularity in mind, the project was presented today to local stakeholders in Spain, such […]
Our ANIMA partners at Manchester Metropolitan University conducted interviews with aviation noise stakeholders to understand perspectives on current approaches to aviation noise management and policy. These interviews, led by Dr. Graeme Heyes helped us understand attitudes towards noise policy and the effectiveness of mitigation measures implemented to reduce noise exposure. They have also proved useful in disseminating the work of ANIMA, spreading the word of the project’s aims, and ensuring that noise stakeholders are listened to and included in the research. Dr. Heyes said that “these interviews have been a fantastic opportunity to gain deep insight into the current noise management practice at European airports. Not just to understand what airports are doing, but also to identify the challenges posed and how these have been overcome. They have proved incredibly beneficial in our ability to better understand the current ‘state-of-the-art and have laid a strong foundation on which following ANIMA outcomes can be based”.