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The 6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

The 6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region 2017 in Budapest, is jointly organised by Hungary (current Presidency of the EUSDR), the European Commission (Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy - DG REGIO) and the Danube Transnational Programme.


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Workshop September 29 2016

On September 29 2016, Environmental Pollution Prevention Office within the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova has organized the workshop on presentation of the technical concept of the Center for Hazardous Waste Management in Moldova, the participants were representatives of relevant ministries, state agencies and district councils.

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UKRSCES Danube Expedition August 2016

Within the framework of the Project “Inventory, Assessment and Remediation of Anthropogenic Sources of Pollution in the Lower Danube Region of Ukraine, Romania and Republic of Moldova” (MIS-ETC Code 995) on 16-21 of August UkrSCES specialists performed the survey of the water and bottom sediments on the 12 monitoring stations:

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Partners Meeting, Odessa, Ukraine

On Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in the premise of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Odessa Regional State Administration, Ukraine was held Partners Meeting within the Inventory, Assessment and Remediation of Anthropogenic Sources of Pollution in the Lower Danube Region of Ukraine, Romania and Republic of Moldova – LSP Project (MIS-ETC 995).

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PARTNERS MEETING

On March 9th, 2016 in Odessa, Ukraine will be held Partners Meeting.

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Thematic workshop “State of the Environment in the Lower Danube Region"

On 11th of February 2016, The Association of Cross-Border Cooperation "Lower Danube Euroregion" Galati, as Partner 5 in the project, organized the thematic workshop entitled “"State of the Environment in the Lower Danube Region". 54 persons attended the event, representatives of public institutions and authorities, NGOs and other interested parties.

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Kick off conference to present the project

Kick off conference to present the project "Inventory, assessment and remediation of anthropogenic sources of pollution in the Lower Danube region of Ukraine, Romania and Republic of Moldova "
( MIS ETC 995)

Ministry of Environment, Chișinău
November 3, 2015


On November 3, 2015, in Chisinau, Environmental Pollution Prevention Office within the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova organized the kick off conference to present the project "Inventory, assessment and remediation of anthropogenic sources of pollution in the Lower Danube region of Ukraine, Romania and Republic of Moldova "( MIS ETC 995) implemented with the support of the Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine- Republic of Moldova (2007-2013).
The objective of the project "Inventory, assessment and remediation of anthropogenic sources of pollution in the Lower Danube region of Ukraine, Romania and republic of Moldova" (MIS ETC 995) implemented by the consortium guided by the state Department of Environmental Protection in Odessa with financial support of Joint Operational Programme Romania – Ukraine- Republic of Moldova - (EUR = 5.81954 million project budget UAH 86,671,573.13) is to reduce the environmental impact of chemical storages and discharges of sewage into the Lower Danube region and increasing capacity monitoring soil and water, including extensive information to main stakeholders. One of the priority activities of the Project for Moldova is to develop prerequisites for establishment of of hazardous waste management center provided by Government Decision no. 973 of 18.10.2010 "On approval of the national program for sound management of chemicals in Moldova".
The conference will gather representatives of the seven project partners, the donor community, Program Regional Office, the central public authorities and economic operators will aim to establish lines of action in order to ensure that cross-border cooperation to protect the Danube River.


Contact person: Ms. Tatiana Tugui Environmental Pollution Prevention Office manager, str. Cosmonăuţilor 9, bir. 736, MD-2005, Chişinău, Republica Moldova tel/fax:(+373 22) 22-25-42, tatiana.tugui@eppo.md, www.eppo.md.

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Workshop for presentation of sampling and laboratory analyses results

Workshop for presentation of sampling and laboratory analyses results
and provision recommendations for treatment of expired chemicals and waste

Ministry of Environment, Chișinău
17 July, 2015, room 740


Hosted by the EPPO and chaired by Mr. Lazăr Chirică, Deputy Minister of Environment,
the aim of the workshop was to present the results of the laboratory
analyses and to provide recommendations and options for handling and treatment
of hazardous waste flows identified to the economic operators from Moldova, that
were part of the inventory of stocks of the industrial waste and expired chemicals,
that are stored at their enterprises. For some of the stocks the local treatment or
safeguarding was proposed, however there was a number of enterprises, that have
to seek for the opportunities for their haz waste treatment abroad, due to lack of
such treatment facilities in Moldova.
The results of the workshop and discussions laid groundwork for establishing the
features and waste streams of Centre for Hazardous Waste Management in
Moldova. The profile of activities of the Centre will include, among others,
logistics and/or treatment for hazardous waste streams, such as POPs, mercury
waste, batteries and accumulators, WEEE and end-of life vehicles and their export
for final disposal, as well as possibilities for receiving and distributing treatments
of other types of hazardous waste.

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Seminar «Risks and threats from pollution sources (on the example of the Lower Danube region)»

On May 29, 2015 in the city Vylkove there was held the seminar " Risks and threats from pollution sources (on the example of the Lower Danube region)", organized in the framework of the large-scale project “Inventory, Assessment and Remediation of Anthropogenic Sources of Pollution in the Lower Danube Region of Ukraine, Romania and Republic of Moldova”, MIS-ETC 995 within the Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova 2007-2013, which is funded by the European Union through the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument and co-financed by the participating count

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Eco Counselling Centre

Website E-mail
Place of RegistrationGalati, Romania
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Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Administration

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Place of RegistrationTulcea, Romania
Experience of similar actions, in relation to the role in the implementation of the proposed actionCompleted
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Methodology

This project was identified and designed through consultations over a period of some 10 months between the partners. The consultations took place in the context of the ENPI CBC Joint Operational Programme (JOP) Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova 2007-2013, which provides the framework for the implementation of cross border activities in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy. In particular, it addresses the call for proposals under JOP Priority 2 on environmental challenges and emergency preparedness, supporting long term solutions to the environmental problems faced by the border areas, particularly those associated with environmental emergencies where a co-coordinated approach is essential. The design was further driven by national and international legal obligations for preventing pollution of soils and waters.

The project will be managed by the Applicant which will set up a professionally-staffed Project Implementation Unit to undertake the day-to-day administration, coordination and reporting requirements. The responsibility for implementing individual project activities has been delegated to the Partners, as described below.

A Project Steering Committee (PSC) will be established for the overall coordination and guidance on project implementation from the onset of the project. The PSC will be chaired by Odessa State Department for Environmental Protection, and all the project partners in Ukraine, Moldova and Romania will be members of it. In addition, a representative of the JMA will be invited to participate.

The PSC will meet at least every four months during the lifetime of the project and be responsible for evaluating the implementation of the project, and ensuring achievement of the planned project results according to these criteria:
• Degree to which national and international environmental protection obligations are met;
• Environmental benefits;
• Degree of capacity building achieved;
• Cost-effectiveness;
• Socio-economic benefits and stakeholder engagement; and
• Sustainability of the project outcomes.

The Project Implementation Unit (PIU) will be responsible for the organisation and management of the PSC meetings and will act as secretary to the PSC. In this regard, the PIU will:
• Distribute the agenda and supporting documents well in advance of meetings;
• Organise travel and accommodation for participants as required;
• Send reminders to participants before meetings;
• Prepare and distribute minutes on discussions and decisions made, within five working days of the meeting

The PIU will be based in Odessa, supported by partner offices in Chisinau and Galati. It will have as a minimum the following staff capacity:
• Director
• Financial Manager
• Procurement Manager
• Environmental Management Expert
• Administrative Assistant
• Driver

Each of the partners in the project has specific expertise related to the project requirements in their respective countries and have contributed to the identification and design of the project. They will play an active part in its implementation. Each of the project activities will be coordinated by one of the partners, and other partners will contribute as appropriate.

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Description

This project will lay the basis for cross-border cooperation in the Lower Danube region for identifying significant land-based sources of pollution, improved monitoring of them, sharing information about them, and developing a strategy for reducing or eliminating their impacts. As the three countries concerned share the Danube River as a single hydrological unit, pollution in one part can quickly impact others, so it is in the interest of all partners to cooperate closely in this project.

In addition, investment will be made in a WWT system for Vylkove in Ukraine, a major tourism destination situated in the northern part of the Danube Delta and a significant source of organic pollution in the river. The project builds on a number of previous Phare and Tacis projects that were undertaken in the region over the last 15 years as part of the wider Danube Basin Pollution Reduction Programme (now incorporated in the Danube River Protection Convention), but which were focused on the individual country concerned.

During the course of the project, at least five reports will be published concerning the sources of soil and water pollution (including hazardous waste storage sites) in the Lower Danube region, a risk assessment of these sources, and a cross-border strategy for dealing with potential risks and emergencies from the pollution sources identified.

The overall objective of the project is to reduce the environmental impact of chemical dumps and wastewater discharges in the Lower Danube region as well as enhance environmental monitoring of soil and water pollution and make the information publicly available.

The specific aims are:
• To improve knowledge of the current state of chemical dumps and wastewater discharges in the Lower Danube region and establish priorities on how to reduce or eliminate them;
• To reduce pollution of the Danube from wastewater discharges; and
• To increase public awareness about sources of soil and water pollution

The four components of the project are
1 Inventory and assessment of sources of pollution affecting land and waters
2 Wastewater treatment infrastructure
3 Long term monitoring and risk assessment of pollution sources
4 Public Information Service on Pollution Sources

The project will deliver the following improvements for the inventory, assessment and remediation of anthropogenic sources of pollution in the Lower Danube Region of Ukraine, Romania and the Republic of Moldova:
• GIS created of sources and types of soil and water pollution in the Lower Danube region;
• WWT facilities established in Vilkovo, capable of treating 900 m3 / day, expanding the coverage from 1,200 to about 8,200 people;
• Equipment for monitoring and reducing pollution procured, installed and operational;
• Regional Centre for Ecological Studies set up in Odessa;
• Design of a Centre for Management of Hazardous Waste in Chisinau;
• Risk assessment undertaken for sources of soil and water pollution in the project area;
• Cross-border strategy for remediation of high risk sources of pollution formulated and put in place;
• Public Information Service web site operational;
• At least 400 stakeholders participated in project workshops, seminars and conferences, raising awareness concerning issues of soil and water pollution.

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Public Information Service on Pollution Sources

4.1 Establishment of Public Information Service on pollution sources in the Lower Danube region Leader Partner: UkrSCES Other involved partners: ACTEDJ, ECCG This Task involves the design by UkrSCES of a multilingual public web portal using an Interactive Mapping Service based on the project GIS. It will contain all relevant information from the project partners on wastewater discharges, toxic chemical storage sites and results from monitoring. In particular, the portal will • develop tools for export / import of data sets;
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Long term monitoring and risk assessment of pollution sources

3.1 Establishment of a Regional Centre for Ecological Studies in Odessa Leader Partner: OSDEP Other involved partners: ACTEDJ, ECCG In order to implement the recommendations from the site-specific and regional assessment of pollution risks in general, as well as the plan for remediation of priority sites described above in particular, OSDEP will establish a specialised Regional Centre for Ecological Studies. The Centre will utilise and coordinate existing resources available in various institutions based in Odessa oblast, rather than being created as a stand-alone entity.
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Wastewater treatment infrastructure

2.1 Construction and renovation of wastewater treatment infrastructure in Vylkove Leader Partner: OSDEP Other involved partners: n/a
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Inventory and assessment of sources of pollution affecting land and waters

1.1 Inventory of chemical storage sites and sources of water pollution Leader Partner: UkrSCES Other involved partners: ECCG, DDBRA, EPPO
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Project tasks

1 INVENTORY AND ASSESSMENT OF SOURCES OF POLLUTION AFFECTING LAND AND WATERS 1.1 Inventory of chemical storage sites and sources of water pollution Leader Partner: UKRAINIAN SCIENTIFIC CENTRE of ECOLOGY of the SEA of MINISTRY of ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Other involved partners: ECO COUNSELLING CENTRE, DDBRA, ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION PREVENTION OFFICE of the MINISTRY of ENVIRONMENT of MOLDOVA.
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Kick-off meeting in Galati

On Thursday, 14th of August 2014, the Association for Cross-border Cooperation
“Lower Danube Euroregion” organized the kick-off meeting in Galati to present the project
"Inventory, assessment and remediation of anthropogenic sources of pollution in the Lower
Danube region of Ukraine, Romania and Republic of Moldova " - LSP – (MIS ETC 995)
implemented with the support of the Joint Operational Programme Romania-UkraineRepublic
of Moldova (2007-2013).

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Inventory of chemical storage sites and sources of water pollution

Ukrainian SCIENTIFIC CENTRE of ECOLOGY of the SEA, in consultation with Romanian partners - ECO COUNSELLING CENTRE from Galati and Danube Biosphere reserve from Tulcea and partner from Moldova - ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION PREVENTION OFFICE, will collect information across the Lower Danube region about current and former sites where toxic chemicals are or were stored (including farm stores, industrial sites and analytical laboratories), as well as untreated wastewater outfalls. The information will be checked through field and site surveys.

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