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The representatives of National Institute for Research and Development in Environmental Protection (INCDPM) participated at the Meeting on the Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy which took place between Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd March 2013 in Ispra, Italy. The meeting was organized by Joint Research Centre (JRC), which is the third biggest European Commission Research Site after the ones from Brussels and Luxembourg.

Below is the report of this meeting


Report of Meeting on the Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy, Ispra, Italy

The representatives of National Institute for Research and Development in Environmental Protection (INCDPM) participated at the Meeting on the Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy which took place between Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd March 2013 in Ispra, Italy. The meeting was organized by Joint Research Centre (JRC), which is the third biggest European Commission Research Site after the ones from Brussels and Luxembourg.

JRC initiative is aiming to provide scientific support to the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region taking into account that the area is facing several challenges, such as environmental threats, insufficient energy and transport connections, uneven socio-economic development as well as shortcomings in safety and security. In this regard, several flagship clusters were organized, as follows:

 

Figure 1: Plenary session



The meeting agenda included an initial plenary session (Figure 1), followed by parallel working group discussions. Three researchers from INCDPM participated at different nexus flagship clusters, namely, Ms. Iustina Popescu at DLSN cluster, Ms. Monica Matei at DBN cluster and Mr. Aurel Varduca at DWN cluster (Figure 2).

 

Figure 2: Representatives of INCDPM who attended the Scientific Meeting in Ispra

The main objectives of the clusters to which INCDPM representatives participated are:

1. The Danube Water Nexus (DWN)

This flagship cluster cover various water-related issues such as water availability, water quality, water-related risks and the preservation and restoration of ecosystems and biodiversity. Also, the interdependencies of between different water-intensive economic sectors such as agriculture and energy were analyzed.

2. The Danube Land and Soil Nexus (DLSN)

This flagship cluster study various issues related to the state and use of land and soils in the Danube Region, including land and soil availability and quality, land and soil-related risks and the preservation and restoration of above and below ground ecosystems and biodiversity.

3. The Danube Bio-energy Nexus (DBN)

This flagship cluster addresses the challenges related to energy in the Danube Region. It focuses on the high potential of the Danube Region for developing renewable energy from materials derived from biological sources.

The main directions on Water Nexus which INCDPM identified at the meeting as possible fields of interest where contribution can be added are:

The main directions on Land and Soil Nexus which INCDPM identified at the meeting as possible fields of interest where contribution can be added are:

The main directions on Bio-energy Nexus which INCDPM identified at the meeting as possible fields of interest where contribution can be added are:

Were established contacts with various organizations across Danube Region in order to develop future collaborations, as it is showed in Figure 3:

Figure 3: Map with countries where future collaborations are possible on the discussed fields

As a general conclusion, the scientific meeting have fulfilled its main aim by improving the future collaborations between the interested organizations from Danube Region and decided the most important issues on water, air, soil and bioenergy. As a future action, next month will be elaborated the final flagship cluster proposal including detailed work packages descriptions, milestones and work allocation. Also, is planned to organize a high level event in May 2013 in Bratislava where are to be established more details about the future projects on Danube Strategy.