Environmental Problems of East Central Europe

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Slovakia

Vladimir Drgona and David Turnock

With an area of just over 49,000sq.km Slovakia is a diverse Central European country, with the high ground of the Carpathians in the northern and central areas grading through hill country to the Danube lowlands in the south (Figure 10.1). The country is well settled and quite highly urbanised, the population of the capital (Bratislava) exceeding 450,000 while large towns of over 80,000 (Banská Bystrica, Košice, Nitra, Prešov and Žilina) account for most of the other seven county centres. Small towns are numerous, especially in former mining areas which are of considerable historical interest. But they are also of importance in connection with mineral and thermal springs which have great value for tourism. Meanwhile Slovakia has almost 2900 villages, though in some mountain areas the rural settlement is highly fragmented. Intensive human activity in the primary sector as well as energy, manufacturing and tourism has generated many conflicts in the way resources are used. Environmental problems have often emerged, especially in the more devastated areas, and these are now being more widely

Figure 10.1 Salient features of Slovakia

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations viii
  • Acknowledgement xvii
  • Abbreviations xviii
  • Part I - Context 1
  • 1 - Introduction 3
  • References 16
  • 2 - Environmental Politics and Transition 22
  • References 37
  • 3 - Environmental Movements, Nation States and Globalisation 40
  • 4 - The Central Importance of the European Union 56
  • References 89
  • 5 - The Soviet Union and the Successor States 92
  • Part II - Country Studies 117
  • 6 - Czech Republic 119
  • 7 - East Germany 139
  • References 155
  • 8 - Hungary 157
  • References 180
  • 9 - Poland 183
  • References 203
  • 10 - Slovakia 207
  • 11 - Slovenia 228
  • References 246
  • Part III - Country Studies 249
  • 12 - Albania 251
  • References 277
  • 13 - Bosnia and Hercegovina 283
  • Note 303
  • 14 - Bulgaria 305
  • 15 - Croatia 330
  • 16 - Macedonia 347
  • References 364
  • 17 - Romania 366
  • References 391
  • 18 - Yugoslavia 396
  • Part IV - Conclusion 417
  • 19 - Conclusion 419
  • References 431
  • Index 433
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