The National Database of Brownfields offers sites prepared to suit the plans of domestic and foreign investors. On one hand, the database helps to revitalise sites that have been used and then abandoned and, on the other hand, benefits investors by simplifying the work involving selection of the most suitable location for doing business in the Czech Republic.
The aim of regeneration is to increase the attractiveness and value of a given site to the level where it is able to directly compete with construction on a greenfield. A sufficient offer of revitalised sites and assurance of cost-gap financing from the public sector will help to reduce the unnecessary appropriation of land for investments on greenfields, which are contrary to the principles of sustainable development.
The primary foundation of the database is the Research Study for the Location of Brownfields, which was conducted over a two-year period beginning in 2005. CzechInvest, in cooperation with individual regional authorities, prepared the study in all regions of the Czech Republic with the exception of Prague.
The aim was to find and describe disused or insufficiently utilised sites and to obtain information for the preparation of further projects and documents involving their revitalisation. The National Database of Brownfields aids the determination of the optimum utilisation of such sites and supports investments in the areas of business, accommodation, entertainment, etc. The database thus also contributes to the welfare of the environment as it helps to reduce the number of neglected sites comprising ecological burdens. Furthermore, the database enhances the absorption capacity for drawing aid from EU structural funds for the period 2007-2013.