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

SIMONA is a European project under the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme (DTP), co-financed by the European Union. 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. EU legislation (2013/39/EU Directive and its previous versions) prescribes sediment quality monitoring and trend analysis, in terms of taking measures to ensure that the Hazardous Substances (HSs) concentrations do not significantly increase in sediments and/or relevant biota. Although the Joint Danube Surveys (JDS 1 and 2) 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)

Sediment monitoring is expected to offer cost efficient alternatives to conventional water monitoring for HSs listed in EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). Therefore, SIMONA project responds 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. The system is a functional composition of sediment (1) sampling, (2) laboratory analysis, (3) evaluation protocols and (4) SIMONA-tool (online IT application) that are applicable at local and also at strategic levels, thus actively contributes to achieving the WFD sediment quality monitoring and chemical status assessment requirements. 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


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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 - A successfull Kick off meeting in Ljubljana
    - 28-09-2018

    The Kick-Off Meeting of the SIMONA project was held in Ljubljana on September 18th and 19th, 2018 at Geological Survey of Slovenia, Dimičeva ulica 14, Slovenia. About 60 paticipants representing the 17 partners and 8 Associated Strategic Partner...

    - 31-08-2018

    The Geological Survey of Slovenia has a pleasure to invite you to the first partner meeting of the project SIMONA, which was approved in the second call of the INTEREG Danube Transnational Programme. The main objective of the Kick-off meeting is...

    - 30-07-2018

    Kick-Off-Meeting announcement The SIMONA project attempts to organize kick-off meeting in Ljubljana from 18.-19. September 2018. The first day of the meeting is an open event to all stakeholders and beneficiaries of the SIMONA project. It...

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