In October 2018 the new Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region were published by the World Health Organization (WHO), providing strong evidence that noise is one of the top environmental hazards to both physical and mental health and well being in Europe. However, recreational noise has not yet been investigated in detail. After a preface about the more recent outcomes on recreational noise provided by EU Guidelines and projects, the current article presents the requirements for noise levels in recreational areas of various categories (parks, specially protected areas, reserves, etc.) in Russia, Europe and Asia. Moreover, it describes the main existing legal and regulatory acts in the countries, the history of their development and restrictions on their use. Furthermore, the article shows a comparative analysis with the allocation of advantages and disadvantages of each system. Finally, suggestions have been made to improve the system for regulating noise levels in recreational areas.
Authors: Luzzi, Bartalucci, Rassoshenko, Shashurin, Ivanov