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 meta.dobnikar@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 - SIMONA extension and upgrade proposal approved
    - 24-02-2021
    SIMONA extension and upgrade proposal approved

    On the 3rd of February 2021, the Monitoring Committee of the Danube Programme approved the request for SIMONA project modification: extension and upgrade. The project extension was requested due to the untoward effect – a 6-month delay - of the...

  • SIMONA - project prolongation and upgrade proposal for 2021 (2nd call projects)
    - 05-01-2021

    Due to the Coronavirus circumstances in 2020, the DTP office released a guideline for the extension stage of 2nd call projects, which also encompasses the possibility of project upgrade with additional funds. The SIMONA project management team...

  • SIMONA - Holiday greetings
    - 05-01-2021
    Holiday greetings

    The SIMONA Management team wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a New year 2021 full of happiness, health, and joy!

  • SIMONA - Training and sediment sampling in the South Danube Test Area and reservoirs in Serbia (07-09.09.2020)
    - 04-11-2020
    Training and sediment sampling in the South Danube Test Area and reservoirs in Serbia (07-09.09.2020)

    In the period from 07.09.2020 to 09.09.2020 a Working Meeting was held under the SIMONA Project (INTERREG Danube Program) in the frame of WP 3 and WP 6 and joint sampling of sediments from the South Danube Test Area and reservoirs. The...

  • SIMONA - SAMPLING OF THE 3 TEST AREAS COMPLETED IN PERIOD 5
    - 02-11-2020
    SAMPLING OF THE 3 TEST AREAS COMPLETED IN PERIOD 5

    The purpose of the SIMONA test area sampling actions was to test our SIMONA sampling protocol. The Drava WG completed the sampling at the Drava Test Area in the first half of August. The SIMONA scientific coordinator, dr. Gyozo Jordan...

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