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
30-11-2021
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1,835,150.74
ERDF Contribution: 1,313,714.37
IPA Contribution: 192,418.75
ENI Contribution: 53,744.97
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 - WP8 Morava Workshop with Training for Czech and Slovakian Stakeholders
    - 29-11-2021
    WP8 Morava Workshop with Training for Czech and Slovakian Stakeholders

    On 24th and 25th November, the last WP8 small-group workshop with training was held within the WP8 activity 2 Capacity Building. The form of the workshop was hybrid: online with a series of sediment monitoring related presentations and...

  • SIMONA - FINAL CONFERENCE EVENT SUCCESSFULLY CLOSED
    - 16-11-2021
    FINAL CONFERENCE EVENT SUCCESSFULLY CLOSED

    On 9th and 10th November, the SIMONA Final Conference event was held online. Originally it was planned to be organised in Baia Mare, Romania in a hybrid form - online and on-site, but due to COVID restrictions we had to transform it entirely...

  • SIMONA - SAVE THE DATE - FINAL CONFERENCE EVENT GOES ONLINE 9.-10.11.
    - 28-10-2021
    SAVE THE DATE - FINAL CONFERENCE EVENT GOES ONLINE 9.-10.11.

    The SIMONA Final Conference event was planned to be organised in a hybrid form: online and on-site in Baia Mare, Romania as originally planned. Unfortunately, due to the COVID related measures introduced recently in Romania, all gatherings were...

  • SIMONA - FINAL AB, SCOM AND QMB MEETING 14.10.
    - 20-10-2021
    FINAL AB, SCOM AND QMB MEETING 14.10.

    On 14th October, the Final SIMONA SCOM, AB and QMB meeting was held online via the MsTeams application. The main purpose of the meeting was to present the management, communication and financial overview of Period 7, as well as to present each...

  • SIMONA - WP8 small-group interactive workshop and training in Virovitica - CRO/SLO Stakeholders
    - 20-10-2021
    WP8 small-group interactive workshop and training in Virovitica - CRO/SLO Stakeholders

    On 12th and 13th October, the SIMONA WP8 small-group workshop with training was organised in Virovitica, Croatia with a visit to Barcs, Hungary. The participants of this event were the Lead Partner team (GEO-ZS) with their invited...

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