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Solutions for present and future emerging pollutants in land and water resources management

Activity Code: ENV.2013.6.2-2
Project Reference: 603437
Coordinator:Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ


SOLUTIONS will deliver a conceptual framework for the evidence-based development of environmental and water policies. This will integrate innovative chemical and effect-based monitoring tools with a full set of exposure, effect and risk models and assessment options. Uniquely, SOLUTIONS taps (i) expertise of leading European scientists of major FP6/FP7 projects on chemicals in the water cycle, (ii) access to the infrastructure necessary to investigate the large basins of Danube and Rhine as well as relevant Mediterranean basins as case studies, and (iii) innovative approaches for stakeholder dialogue and support. In particular, International River Commissions, EC working groups and water works associations will be directly supported with consistent guidance for the early detection, identification, prioritization, and abatement of chemicals in the water cycle. A user-friendly tool providing access to a set of predictive models will support stakeholders to improve management decisions, benefiting from the wealth of data generated from monitoring and chemical registration. SOLUTIONS will give a specific focus on concepts and tools for the impact and risk assessment of complex mixtures of emerging pollutants, their metabolites and transformation products. Analytical and effect-based screening tools will be applied together with ecological assessment tools for the identification of toxicants and their impacts. Beyond state-of-the-art monitoring and management tools will be elaborated allowing risk identification for aquatic ecosystems and human health. The SOLUTIONS approach will provide transparent and evidence-based lists of River Basin Specific Pollutants for the case study basins and support the review of the list of WFD priority pollutants.


  • Stichting Deltares, Netherlands
  • Environmental institute s.r.o., Slovakia
  • IVL Svenska Miljoeinstitutet AB, Sweden
  • JRC-Joint research centre- European Commission, Belgium
  • KWR Water BV, Netherlands
  • Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz, Switzerland
  • Norsk Institutt for Vannforskning, Norway
  • Prof. Dr. Asen Zlatarov University, Bulgaria
  • Öko-Institut e.V.- Institut für angewandte Ökologie, Germany
  • Stockholms Universiteit, Sweden
  • Rijksinstiuut voor volksgezondheiden milieu- national institute for public health and the environment, Netherlands
  • Stichting dienst landbouwkundig onderzoek, Netherlands
  • Agencia estatal consejo superior de investigaciones cientificas, Spain
  • Faust und Backhaus environmental consulting GBR, Germany
  • Brunel University, United Kingdom
  • Vlaamse instelling voor technologisch onderzoek N.V., Belgium
  • Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany
  • Watchfrog, France
  • University of Novi Sad Faculty of Science, Serbia
  • Maxx Mess- und Probenahmetechnik GmbH, Germany
  • Institut national de l´environnement et des risques ineris, France
  • Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Synchem Laborgemeinschaft UG & Co KG, Germany
  • The University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, Austria
  • Dynamic extractions LTD, United Kingdom
  • Nanjing University, China
  • Rheinisch-westfälische technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany
  • Masarykova univerzita, Czech Republic
  • Mermayde, Netherlands
  • Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie, Germany
  • Hammerbacher GmbH, Germany
  • Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden
  • Kocmoc.net GmbH, Germany
  • Universität Bern, Switzerland
  • The university of Queensland, Australia
  • Universidade estudal de campinas, Brazil