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.

Sava river spring Dolinka (Photo: Jasminka Alijagić)

The SIMONA partnership has 17 full partners (11 ERDF, 4 IPA, and 2 ENI) and 13 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.

Sava river spring Dolinka (Photo: Jasminka Alijagić)

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 kristina.koret@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 - HR-HGI-CGS participated at the 13th International Scientific/Professional Conference AGRICULTURE IN NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION 7th– 9th, September 2020, Osijek, Croatia
    - 14-09-2020
    HR-HGI-CGS participated at the 13th International Scientific/Professional Conference AGRICULTURE IN NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION 7th– 9th, September 2020, Osijek, Croatia

      The HGI-CGS SIMONA team participated at the 13th International Scientific/Professional Conference AGRICULTURE IN NATURE AND ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION, that was held in Osijek (Croatia) in the period from 7th to 9th of September 2020. Dr.sc....

  • SIMONA - DRAVA TEST AREA SAMPLING ACTION (4-7 AUGUST 2020)
    - 12-08-2020
    DRAVA TEST AREA SAMPLING ACTION (4-7 AUGUST 2020)

    9 SIMONA participants travelled to Harkany in order to discuss and implement the SIMONA sampling methodology in the field, specifically in the Drava Test Area. The participants were our PPs from Slovenia (SI-GEOZS), Hungary (HU-SZIE and...

  • SIMONA - TEST AREA SAMPLING HARMONISATION MEETING IN HARKANY
    - 17-07-2020
    TEST AREA SAMPLING HARMONISATION MEETING IN HARKANY

    The SIMONA Test Area Sampling Harmonisation Meeting was held on 14th and 15th July, in Harkany. In spite of our efforts to gather all the Test Area WG leaders, our South Danube test area representative from BG-GI-BAS couldn`t join due to COVID...

  • SIMONA - PROMOTION VIA INTERREG 30 YEARS PROJECT SLAM
    - 29-06-2020
    PROMOTION VIA INTERREG 30 YEARS PROJECT SLAM

    DTP SIMONA Project Lead Partner Communication Manager participated in the call for proposals: Interreg 30 years project Slam, in April, in order to present the SIMONA project using storytelling techniques. The interest this year was very high:...

  • SIMONA - PERIOD 5 STATUS & TEST AREA SAMPLING
    - 24-06-2020
    PERIOD 5 STATUS & TEST AREA SAMPLING

    The SIMONA consortium gathered for an online Skype meeting on 24th of June, to discuss the current status of the project implementation in Period 5 and the Test area sampling activity, after the 1. wave of Corona and considering the modification...

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