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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 61  |  Page : 307--312

Progress on noise policies from 2008 to 2011

1 Finegold and SO, Consultants, 1167 Bournemouth Court, Centerville, Ohio 45459, USA
2 Department of Environment, University of York, Stockholm Environment Institute, York, United Kingdom
3 IFSTTAR-Transport and Environment Laboratory, 69675 BRON Cedex, France

Correspondence Address:
Dietrich Schwela
Environment Department, University of York, Stockholm Environment Institute, Heslington, York
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.104899

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ICBEN Team 9, Noise Policy and Economics, provides an update on international progress on noise mitigation policies and strategies, best practices, and guidelines for environmental noise management for each ICBEN Congress. As described in this brief paper and in more detail in the associated paper prepared for the ICBEN 2011 Congress in London, there were a considerable amount of new relevant documents in many countries on these topics since the last ICBEN Congress in 2008. As before, much of this progress was made in the European Union, although other areas of the world demonstrated a continuing commitment to improvement on these issues, especially in Asia and North America. The Team 9 topics are particularly important because they embody the implementation of the results of the work of the other ICBEN International Noise Teams on the effects of noise exposure and, in addition, address the evolving and vital area of economics. The latter focus area includes topics such as cost-benefit analysis, which is crucial for governments to implement adequate and affordable noise mitigation policies. The ICBEN Team 9 review was prepared through inputs for the authors and through inputs by various Team 9 members. Interested readers are encouraged to read the more extensive Team 9 review paper available in the Proceedings of the ICBEN 2011 Congress.


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