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The Impact of Changing Land Use upon the Environment in the Metropolitan Area of Bucharest. Preliminary Considerations

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Author(s): DAN BÄ‚LTEANU | INES GRIGORESCU

Journal: Romanian Review of Regional Studies
ISSN 1841-1576

Volume: II;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 35;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Impact | Land use | Environment | Metropolitan area

ABSTRACT
In this paper we highlight the major changes in land use during the transition from the centralised to the market economy (1989-2005). Agricultural de-collectivisation and privatisation have caused major structural changes in land uses with direct effects upon the quality of the environment. An urban area appeared around the metropolis where the most important environmental changes took place by dint of those from agriculture, because of agricultural policies and urban expansion. Within the interior ring of the metropolitan area several regional disparities have been highlighted. These are caused by the unequal development of its southern and southeastern areas, on the one hand, and of the western area, on the other hand.
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