Projects

Inventory, evaluation and remediation of the anthropogenic sources of pollution in the Lower Danube Region of Ukraine, Romania and the Republic of Moldova


The Joint Operational Program Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova 2007-2013 established the basis of cross-border cooperation in the Lower Danube Region to identify significant sources of pollution, improve their monitoring, exchange information on sources of pollution, and develop a strategy for reducing or eliminating the impact of polluting substances. The three countries concerned have access to the Danube river and treat it as a single hydrological unit, because pollution in one part of the river can have a rapid impact on others, so it is in the interest of all partners to cooperate closely in this project.
The overall objective of the project "Inventory, evaluation and remediation of the anthropogenic sources of pollution in the Lower Danube Region of Ukraine, Romania and the Republic of Moldova" (MIS ETC 995) financed under the Joint Operational Program Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova 2007-2013 was to reduce the environmental impact of chemical landfills and wastewater discharges in the Lower Danube region, and to improve soil and water pollution monitoring and inform the general public about their quality.
Between August and December 2016, the National Environmental Center carried out several activities for the project "Inventory, evaluation and remediation of the anthropogenic sources of pollution in the Lower Danube Region of Ukraine, Romania and the Republic of Moldova" (MIS ETC 995). In order to achieve the project objectives, a number of workshops and public consultations have been carried out to improve the knowledge of the current status of chemical landfills and waste water disposal in the Lower Danube region and to prioritize how to reduce or eliminate them.
The Handbook for training course "Causes and consequences of soil and water pollution in the Lower Danube Region. Measures to reduce and eliminate soil and water pollution" was elaborated within the project. The handbook presents a collection of data describing the general environmental situation in the Cantemir and Cahul districts, pollution sources and their impact on water and soil, and complementing the work of the "Inventory, evaluation and remediation of the anthropogenic pollutants in the Danube Region from Ukraine, Romania and the Republic of Moldova "(MIS ETC 995) project partners from Romania and Ukraine. The manual is designed to inform the population, local public authorities, competent organisms, economic agents in the target region of the project on the methods and the process of environmental quality monitoring, the existing sources of pollution and their impact on the environment and the health of the population. The manual can be accessed here (in romanian).
For the distribution to the general public, a brochure was prepared on the basis of the Training Handbook "Causes and consequences of soil and water pollution in the Lower Danube Region. Measures to reduce and eliminate the effects of soil and water pollution ". The brochure contains several graphic elements to make the information more accessible to the general public in order to increase awareness of the sources of pollution in the Lower Danube Region (the territory of the Republic of Moldova) and the consequences of soil and water pollution on the living standards of the population. The brochure can be accessed here.

 

The workshops and public consultations of the project brought together representatives of local public authorities, operators of water supply and sewerage services and waste management, educational institutions, as well as other citizens from the Cantemir and Cahul districts. The basic topics of the meetings were the soil and water quality of the Lower Danube Region, the territory of the Republic of Moldova (Cantemir and Cahul districts) and their sources of pollution, the importance of the construction of sewerage systems and wastewater treatment plants, the creation of environmental infrastructure for waste management , the accountability of the polluting economic agents, the role of environmental inspections in the control of compliance with environmental legislation. Also, at the workshop presenting the Dangerous Waste Management Center concept, the concept of the Dangerous Waste Management Center, which is to be created on the territory of the Singera (Chisinau municipality) county, was explained, which implies how the center works, how to collect hazardous waste and how to neutralize it, and how to study the environmental impact assessment of the center.

 

The Joint Operational Program Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova 2007-2013 is financed by the European Union through the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument and co-financed by the participating states. The project "Inventory, evaluation and remediation of the anthropogenic sources of pollution in the Lower Danube Region of Ukraine, Romania and the Republic of Moldova" (MIS ETC 995) is funded under this program.