The Yearbook PRAGUE – THE ENVIRONMENT is a periodic publication whose objective is to provide comprehensive information on the state of the environment in the City of Prague. It is devoted not just to authorities of public administration and municipal administration yet also to the wide professional as well as general public. The Yearbook 2001 is already the twelfth book on the series of publications that have been issued since 1989 as the output of the Prague Environmental Information System (IOŽIP).


Since the last year issue of the publication its subject division follows principles, which have been lately standardised in making of alike publications abroad and in the Czech Republic. The Yearbook content and structure of themes reflect the scheme effect – state – response, used internationally in classification of environmental indicators, for example. The extent of texts of commentaries has been reduced and the publication accentuates its statistical nature (tables, graphs, charts, and maps). Information acquired over periods of couple years are given as conditions allow.

Chapter A – GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS, CAUSES, AND FACTORS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES includes, except for basic data on Prague, first of all data processed in co-operation with the Czech Statistical Office – population, houses and housing, data on finances, employment, production and consumption. Data on energy and transportation are given separately aside from the production and consumption data.

The voluminous Chapter B – STATE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMPARTMENTS retains the common thematic division of data, i.e. air (meteorology, pollution sources, results of measurement and modelling), water, landscape, waste, and noise. This chapter is the one, which was developed employing data on the environmental compartments, which form the database of the IOŽIP system.

Chapter C – THE ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH contains basic data of medical statistics and from the monitoring systems, which should illustrate the conditions in Prague even though the data may not be necessary results of the worse quality of the environment.

The closing Chapter D – INSTRUMENTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY gives an overview of basic acts and decrees applied in the environmental care in Prague, data on EIA procedures, information on documents of the City development planning, the City projects in environmental informatics, etc. At the Chapter end there is a subchapter providing an overview of information sources available on the internet.

Namely the progress in the public information service focused on the use of the internet reflects not only the technology development of recent years but also the efforts to open the public administration towards the citizens. The passing of the Act No. 123/1998 Code, on the right for the environmental information, and the Act No. 106/1999 Code, on the right for free access to information were important milestones in the development. Prague, due to its many-year traditions in processing and publishing of environmental data, can offer a really rich palette of information. Series of printed publications are accompanied with information accessible on the web pages of the City where there are not merely the series of yearbooks since 1992 yet also numerous set of maps in the form of the Atlas of the Environment, or up-to-date data on air quality in the City measured in the network of stations of the Automated Immission Monitoring System. In latest years Prague has become more and more participating in the international co-operation especially within the structures of the European Union. Therefore the bilingual Czech-English character of the publication has become an ordinary matter.

The authors believe that, as in the previous years, all the interested in the environmental issues of the City of Prague will appreciate this offer of a wide range of information processed into the publication.