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Contaminated sites and brownfield management: State of art in Brazil and in Germany

Ana Luiza Silva Spínola (Faculty of Public Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Arlindo Philippi Jr (Faculty of Public Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Stephan Tomerius (University of Applied Sciences, Trier, Germany)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Article publication date: 20 April 2010




The aim of this paper is to briefly present aspects of public brownfield management policies from Brazilian and German points of view.


The data collection method combined literature and documental research. The bibliography included Brazilian and German literature about brownfield management. The documental research includes Brazilian and German legislation and official documents published by CETESB, the Environmental Company of the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Furthermore, publications of German governmental research institutions have been integrated in the paper.


In Brazil, despite the lack of a federal public policy, the State of São Paulo has approved specific rules to deal with contaminated sites. Topics that could be targets of scientific studies have been identified. Experiences in Germany show that it is essential to have political will and cooperation between the different political levels and technical disciplines. Partnerships between German and Brazilian universities would be welcome as there is a wide range of opportunities for academic post‐graduation studies and research focusing on human resources capacitation in environmental management.


The paper makes an original contribution of exploring an area (brownfield management) that is at the forefront of discussion in academe and industry.



Luiza Silva Spínola, A., Philippi, A. and Tomerius, S. (2010), "Contaminated sites and brownfield management: State of art in Brazil and in Germany", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 21 No. 3, pp. 299-307.



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