The Crucial Point in Assessing Plans and Projects for Healthy Cities

  • Rosalba D’Onofrio
  • Elio Trusiani
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)


Assessment of the impacts that the planning model and planning choices can have on the health of people and their quality of life is entrusted in many European countries and beyond to specific tools that are only rarely obligatory and integrated in ordinary planning tools. Their task is to evaluate the effects that the choices of plans, projects, and interventions can have on human health to correct them or orient their activation. In European countries, the HIA is required mostly for some categories of interventions, but rarely in the case of urban plans. Despite the evidence of certain risks, it can be of great assistance on the road to integrating urban planning and health, when the latter is carried out in conjunction with the former and with the urban project, later entering the phase of plan management through monitoring actions.


Health impact assessment (HIA) Decision-support system Sharing urban planning Local democracy and participation National best practices 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture and DesignUniversity of CamerinoAscoli PicenoItaly
  2. 2.School of Architecture and DesignUniversity of CamerinoAscoli PicenoItaly

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