Analysis of Unmonitored Landfills in Communities in the Former East Germany

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Analysis of Unmonitored Landfills in Communities in the Former East Germany

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Research Question

East Germans made a profit by disposing of West German trash in

unmonitored landfills. By reunification, East Germany had more than 10,000 potentially polluted, unmonitored landfills. Because of this, many say that East Germans did not care for the environment like West Germans. After reunification, policy was implemented to clean up these landfill sites. This leads me to ask, how was this process carried out from a policy perspective, and what were the implications of these changes for attitudes towards environmentalism by those directly involved? Were West Germans truly more environmental than East Germans? This is what I am striving to figure out through a case study of landfills and their transformation in the state of Brandenburg Germany following reunification in 1990.

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CGS-SER Nielson International Internship/Fieldwork Grant

Significance

This study will portray the challenges and rewards of trying to “catch up” areas that have had weak environmental policies in the past but decide later than most that they want to have the same standards already imposed elsewhere.

Methods Used

Landscape Interpretation, Semi-structured Interviews, and Policy Analysis.

Conclusions/Outcomes

This research hopes to reveal different East German perspectives including their experience, participation and attitudes toward the transition of environmental policies implemented to clean-up polluted landfills of Brandenburg after reunification.

Publication Date

2017

Department

Natural Resources

Disciplines

Environmental Sciences

Analysis of Unmonitored Landfills in Communities in the Former East Germany

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