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 (Photo: 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 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: Robert 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 cooperation in transnational water management.

The project is the long-needed and timely response to the pressing demand for 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
01-06-2018
End date
31-05-2021
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1749152,38
ERDF Contribution: 1201583,24
IPA Contribution: 192418,75
ENI Contribution: 92777,5
Call number
Call 2
Priority
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Geological Survey of Slovenia Lead partner Jasminka.Alijagic@GEO-ZS.SI SLOVENIA
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH ERDF partner edith.haslinger@ait.ac.at AUSTRIA
Geological Survey of Austria ERDF partner Sebastian.Pfleiderer@geologie.ac.at AUSTRIA
Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences ERDF partner peytcheva@erdw.ethz.ch BULGARIA
Szent István University ERDF partner gyozo.jordan@gmail.com HUNGARY
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Project News

  • SIMONA - GI-BAS SIMONA, National Authorities, and Stakeholders WORKSHOP October 10th
    - 21-11-2019
    GI-BAS SIMONA, National Authorities, and Stakeholders WORKSHOP October 10th

    GI-BAS SIMONA, National Authorities, and Stakeholders WORKSHOP was held in Sofia, Bulgaria on October 10th, 2019. The Workshop was initiated and organized by the GI-BAS SIMONA team and took place at the Geological Institute at the Bulgarian...

  • SIMONA - BUDAPEST WATER SUMMIT 2019 ATTENDANCE
    - 11-11-2019
    BUDAPEST WATER SUMMIT 2019 ATTENDANCE

    The third Budapest Water Summit was organized on 15-17 October by the Hungarian Government with the motto of “ Preventing water crisis”. Discussion of the potential water crisis raised the question of its costs and possible prevention, the...

  • SIMONA - Working Groups 6 and 7 and Steering Committee Meeting - 6-11-2019
    - 06-11-2019
    Working Groups 6 and 7 and Steering Committee Meeting - 6-11-2019

    A SIMONA Working Groups 6 and 7 and Steering Committee Meeting was held in Sofia (Bulgaria) on 21. -22.10.2019. The meeting was initiated by the Project Management of DTP2-093-2.1 SIMONA project and organized by the GI-BAS SIMONA team. The event...

  • SIMONA - Participation on the Croatian geological congress 2019
    - 22-10-2019
    Participation on the Croatian geological congress 2019

    In the period from 9th till 11th of October, 6th Croatian geological congress was held in Zagreb (Croatia). The SIMONA team from Croatia and Slovenia participated at the congress with oral and poster presentations. The title of oral presentation...

  • SIMONA - We are taking active part at the Geology Congress of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    - 03-10-2019
    We are taking active part at the Geology Congress of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Our Lead Partner (Geological Survey of Slovenia) is taking part at the 2nd Geology Congress of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The event is taking place between 2nd and 4th of October in beautiful town Laktaši. Our project leader, dr. Jasminka Alijagić,...

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