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Interreg Central Europe project CE1412 boDEREC-CE

 

Project leader: Dr.sc. Josip Terzić

Basin Lake

 

boDEREC-CE (engl. Board for Detection and Assessment of Pharmaceutical Drug Residues in Drinking Water – Capacity Building for Water Management in Central Europe) project was approved for co-financing in the framework of the Interreg Central Europe 2014-2020 (CE) Programme's third call. With the total budget of € 2.328.140,81, the project throughout its 3-year implementation will aim to achieve the specific Programme's priority objective 3.1 To improve integrated environmental management capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources.

boDEREC-CE has started on 1st of April, 2019 and will last until 31st of March, 2022. Joint cooperation of 12 partners from 7 EU countries (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovenia) will be supervised by the Lead partner - Department of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology of Croatian Geological Survey.

Water resources, as one of the most valuable raw materials for today's civilization and one of the most important factors that determine the quality of human lives, is under growing pressure due to technological development. Recent studies have shown how the aquatic environment, from which the potable water in Europe is obtained, contains anthropogenic substances whose presence was unknown until several years ago and there are still considerable knowledge gaps.

This is where boDEREC-CE sets an innovative approach by implementing pilot sites in CE countries (8 pilot actions in 7 countries) to monitor emerging contaminants (EC), primarily pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). This lack of knowledge will be tackled by developing common course of action and policy on EU level. Thus, boDEREC-CE is focused not only on the study of PPCPs behaviour, but also particular attention is paid to assessing the effectiveness of attenuating this specific type of pollution, using different types of drinking water treatment technologies. The main output is an innovative model-based decision making tool, which, given future legal thresholds, can be used as an early warning tool. This tool will be tested under different conditions at waterworks.

Furthermore, project activities will be focused also on informing and educating of general public about the measures for reducing use and waste by-products of PPCPs. On the other hand, the transnational board of experts will be established to continue cooperation of research institutions and waterworks in order to define standards and guideline values.

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Offical project's website: https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/boDEREC-CE.html

 

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