SIMONA Sediment-quality Information, Monitoring and Assessment System to support transnational cooperation for joint Danube Basin water management

The Joint Danube Surveys characterized sediment quality in the Danube several years ago and concluded that contaminated sediment was an existing problem in the Danube River Basin (DRB), the DTP Countries did not have enough institutional capacity (information, guidelines and methods) to build transnational sediment monitoring network for HS trend assessment.

              Danube river (Foto: Robert Šajn)

The SIMONA partnership has 17 full partners (11 ERDF, 4 IPA and 2 ENI) and 12 associated partners (ASPs), which is a balanced and strong representation of almost the whole Danube River Basin.

The main objective of SIMONA is to respond to the current demand for the effective and comparable measurements and assessments of sediment quality in surface waters in the DRB by delivering a ready-to deploy Sediment-quality Information, Monitoring and Assessment System to support transnational cooperation for joint DRB water management.

        Danube river (photo: Šajn)

The main result of SIMONA

will be the improved, harmonized and coordinated sediment quality monitoring of water body status in the Danube River Basin. Together with experts trained in sediment quality management by SIMONA, the project will also generate international cooperation between stakeholders concerning the monitoring of HSs concentration in water, in sediments and in biota. The immediate and middle term benefit of the project will be a transparent method supported by the SIMONA-tool for sediment quality monitoring that will encourage the cooperation in transnational water management.

The project is the long-needed and timely response to the pressing demand of the effective use of sediment quality assessment for the next RBMPs due in 2021.

Sediment-quality Information, Monitoring and Assessment System to support transnational cooperation for joint Danube Basin water management
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1749152,38
ERDF Contribution: 1201583,24
IPA Contribution: 192418,75
ENI Contribution: 92777,5
Call number
Call 2
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention


Filename Date of upload
T1.2_Experts_Training_Inventory_Workshop.pdf 13-05-2019 20:42:09
T1.2_Annex1_Sampling of stream bed sediment.pdf 13-05-2019 20:42:52
T1.2_Annex2_Sediment sampling in large rivers.pdf 13-05-2019 20:43:31
T1.2_Annex3_SIMONA_WG_Sampling_WP4.pdf 13-05-2019 20:44:37
T1.2_Annex4_SIMONA Sediment sampling protocols.pdf 13-05-2019 20:45:45
T1.2_Annex5_Harmonisation of analytical methods.pdf 13-05-2019 20:47:00
D311_Inventory_report.pdf 30-04-2019 21:08:56
D311_Annex1_Questionnaire.pdf 30-04-2019 21:10:24
D311_Annex2_Austria.pdf 30-04-2019 21:11:18
D311_Annex3_Bosnia-Herzegovina_FBiH.pdf 30-04-2019 21:11:57
D311_Annex4_Bosnia-Herzegovina_Republic_Srpska.pdf 30-04-2019 21:12:39
D311_Annex5_Bulgaria.pdf 30-04-2019 21:13:33
D311_Annex6_Germany.pdf 30-04-2019 21:14:27
D311_Annex7_Croatia.pdf 30-04-2019 21:15:08
D311_Annex8_Hungary.pdf 30-04-2019 21:15:42
D311_Annex9_Moldova.pdf 30-04-2019 21:16:32
D311_Annex10_Montenegro.pdf 30-04-2019 21:17:04
D311_Annex11_Romania.pdf 30-04-2019 21:17:51
D311_Annex12_Serbia.pdf 30-04-2019 21:18:33
D311_Annex13_Slovakia.pdf 30-04-2019 21:19:18
D311_Annex14_Slovenia.pdf 30-04-2019 21:20:06
D311_Annex15_Ukraine.pdf 30-04-2019 21:20:58
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Geological Survey of Slovenia Lead partner SLOVENIA
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH ERDF partner AUSTRIA
Geological Survey of Austria ERDF partner AUSTRIA
Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences ERDF partner BULGARIA
Croatian Geological Survey ERDF partner CROATIA
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Project News

  • SIMONA - Announcement of the Inventory Workshop
    - 04-03-2019
    Announcement of the Inventory Workshop

    The SIMONA project attempts to organize the Inventory Workshop which will be organised between 10.-11. April 2019 at the Geological Survey of Austria, Neulinggasse 38, 1030 Wien, Austria.  A detailed agenda will be available in the next few...

    - 06-02-2019

    On Feb 4, the Geological Survey of Austria, as team partner of SIMONA, participated in the Dareffort Capitalisation Event at the Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism in Vienna, Austria. Approximately 50 participants took part in the meeting....

  • SIMONA - Presentation on DTP DAREFORT Kick-off meeting
    - 29-01-2019
    Presentation on DTP DAREFORT Kick-off meeting

    Following an invitation, the SIMONA project was presented on the DTP DAREFFORT Project Kick-off Meeting in Budapest on 13 September 2019 by Gyozo Jordan, Scientific Coordinator. Representatives of the two projects agreed on seeking opportunities...

  • SIMONA - The National Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region - EUSDR
    - 03-01-2019
    The National Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region - EUSDR

    A representative of RO-TUCN participated in 5-6 November 2018 at the National Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, that took place at the Palace of Parliament of Bucharest by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Deputy Minister...

  • SIMONA - attended the National participation day Danube Region
    - 24-12-2018
    attended the National participation day Danube Region

    SIMONA was invited to the 1st National day of Danube, which was held on November 15th at City Hotel in Ljubljana. The main purpose of the event was to find synergies, share good practices and take steps to counteract concrete cooperation.  On...

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