SIMONA - Sediment-quality information, monitoring and assesment system to support transnational cooperation for joint Danube Basin water managment

Programme: Interreg Danube Transnational Programme:

Project duration: 06/2018-05/2021

GSM role in Project: Project partner, IPA PP2

Project Manager: MSc Neda Dević

SIMONA is a European project under the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme (DTP), cofinanced 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 very 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. 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. There will be 40 experts trained at Inventory workshop, 40 experts trained at Stakeholder workshop, 30 experts trained at 1. SIMONA training event, 30 experts trained at 2. SIMONA training event and 30 experts trained at 3. SIMONA training event.

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.

RESEERVE - Mineral potential of the ESEE region


Program: KIC EIT RawMaterials

Program duration: 04/2018 – 03/2021

GSM role in Project: Task Partner

Project manager: Slobodan Radusinović PhD

Primary and secondary mineral resources are of strategic importance for the EU. Most EU countries are already part of the pan‐European Minerals Intelligence Network which provides consistent and organised data information on primary and secondary mineral resources on the European level. The West Balkan region represents a gap in this network.

Project’s objectives:

  • Created West Balkan Mineral Register for primary and secondary mineral resources by mapping the mineral resources of the West Balkan countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, FYRO Macedonia and Albania, which are currently not included in the existing data platforms.
  • Created ESEE mineral community to determine available and further needed information on primary and secondary mineral resources data in West Balkan countries.
  • Increased capacity of West Balkan countries for management of mineral resources on national level.
  • Ensured sufficient flow of information on mineral resources for Europe’s industry to expand their business and investments in the West Balkan region.
  • Transferred knowledge of EIT RawMaterials partners to the West Balkan region with the purpose to develop new markets for modern technologies, create opportunities for start‐ups and SMEs, contribute to new jobs opportunities and generate economic added value in the field of mineral resources.
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