The INTERREG project Danube Hazard m3c officially kicked off with an online meeting on 23rd of September 2020. It attracted attention of nearly one hundred water specialists from thirteen countries and different interest groups, mainly from academia but also from national and regional authorities, and sectoral agencies.
Due to travel and meeting restrictions to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the kick-off conference was carried out as web meeting, hosted by the Lead Partner TU Wien with the support of its ten international partners.
Two keynote speeches opened the meeting. Bernd Gawlik from the European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre spoke about “Water quality – the forgotten challenge?”, while Jos van Gils from DELTARES presented “The SOLUTIONS EU FP7 project about emerging chemicals in water resources management”, which Danube Hazard m3c will capitalise on.
Ottavia Zoboli (TU Wien) explained the context and objectives of the project and presented the partners. The working package leaders introduced individual technical working packages and their initial steps: Adrienne Clement (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) presented WP T1 Inventory of hazardous substances, Oliver Gabriel (Environment Agency Austria) explained WP T2 Scenarios modelling and assessment in pilot regions, Adam Kovacs (ICPDR) brought closer WP T3 Transnational HS pollution assessment and recommendations, while Elena Tuchiu (National Administration „Romanian Waters”) described WP T4 Capacity building. Each of the presentation was followed with a short question & answers session.
The kick-off conference was a successful start of this EU funded project that will run until the end of December 2022 and aims to achieve a durable and effective transnational control and reduction of hazardous substances water pollution in the Danube region.
Here you can download the presentations:
Keynote “The SOLUTIONS EU FP7 project about emerging chemicals in water resources management: lessons learnt and questions remaining” - Jos van Gils – DELTARES
Introduction to the project Danube Hazard m3c - Ottavia Zoboli – TU Wien
WP T1: Inventory of hazardous substances - Adrienne Clement – Budapest University of Technology and Economics
WP T2: Scenarios modelling and assessment in pilot regions - Oliver Gabriel – Environment Agency Austria
WP T3: Transnational HS pollution assessment and recommendations -Adam Kovacs – ICPDR
WP T4 – Capacity building - Elena Tuchiu – National Administration „Romanian Waters”