Rationale - what it means and why it is an important measure
Derelict areas include sites that have formerly been used as factories, etc., but have been closed down; the areas remain unused and undeveloped for any other purposes. Utilization of such areas reduces pressures on other areas (such as green areas), removes unsightly developments and provides land for other uses.
How it is compiled, what data are needed
Area in km2, and % of total urban surface area.
Measurements and units
% of total urban surface area (%) Area in km2 (km2)
Possible temporal and spatial format
maps, trend charts, graphs
Reference to methodology resources
EEA, 1997. Indicators for Sustainable Urban Development: Indicators of Urban Patterns. International Institute for the Urban Environment.
Increase use of derelict lands to minimize the pressure on other urban areas.
Targets, benchmarks, reference values
No target references.
References to examples of application
Indicators of sustainable development for the United Kingdom: http://www.detr.gov.uk/environment/epsim/indics/isdf04t.htm.
Derby Pride Park: http://www.sustainability.org.uk/info/casestudies/derbypridepark.htm.
Other comments / background
Reclamation and regeneration of derelict lands in both urban and rural areas minimizes the pressure to develop greenfield sites. It can also help to revitalize local environments, particularly urban areas, by removing unsightly developments and providing land suitable for housing, employment and leisure uses.