T21 / NC-4

Pollutant degradation, filtering and immobilization capacity

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom



Czech Republic

Marie Pacakova
xymarie.pacakova@gacr.czhttps://gacr.cz/en/yespossiblynoGrant Agency of the Czech Republic, a section for support of the research. Open to all fields of science. The Czech Science Foundation (also known as the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, GA CR) was established in 1993 as the main independent public organization with the aim to support basic research in the Czech Republic and promote international collaboration of researchers and research teams on the bilateral and multilateral levels. On the basis of calls for proposals, the Czech Science Foundation provides financial support for experienced as well as young and early-stage researchers. Moreover, it funds bilateral projects together with projects carried out within international research programmes. The subject of a project proposal is determined by the applicant (bottom-up principle). Around 2,500 project proposals are submitted to the GA CR every year, of which more than one-fourth obtain financial support. The GA CR invites proposals in all disciplines of basic research.
Lukas Kacena
xylukas.kacena@tacr.czhttps://www.tacr.cz/index.php/en/yespossiblynoTechnology Agency of the Czech Republic, section for management of research




Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Marion BARDYmarion.bardy@agriculture.gouv.frhttp://www,agriculture.gouv.frunknownyesyesHow to manage the multifunctionality of agricultural soils, also takes into account in the decision making - transverse to several themes. What means of action / levers for actors managing agricultural ecosystems
Pollutant transfer - ECOPHYTO national call Labeled ECOPHYTO yes, already funded, currently fundingmc.dictor@brgm.fr



Edoardo Staculestacul@invitalia.itwww.invitalia.ityesyesyesAs expected outcome I hope to join a transnational critical mass to develop applied research foscused on the selected relevant items.
already fundedmatteo.tabasso@siti.polito.it


implementation programme soil and subsurface
Leo Hamerlinck (via Linda Maring)linda.maring@deltares.nlhttps://www.bodemplus.nl/onderwerpen/bodem-ondergrond/bodemconvenant/thema/kennis/uitvragen/uitvraag-2017/aanbestedingsvormen/xxxpossiblypossiblyThis programme has budget untill (10 mln between 2017-2020) for soil and subsurface. They use the Dutch knowledge agenda soil and subsurface (which is the same as the dutch contribution to the INSPIRATION agenda) as leading research questions. They set out different calls (next call is on climate / rural area, nature / infrastructure or energy, max 150 KEUR, 50% cofininancing needed, deadline Nov 29 2017 ) They are open for collaboration in europe. how and on which topics is not specified yest. Probably theyw ant to arrange this via the Knowledge and Innovation Program Soil and Subsurface (also entered in this database)



Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Maria MaiaMaria.Maia@fct.ptwww.fct.ptPermission for what?yesyes
possibly, already funded, currently fundingtpanago@ualg.pt
Center on Spatial and Organizational Dynamics
Thomas Panagopoulostpanago@ualg.pthttp://cieo.pt/mission.phpyespossiblyyes
outside our remittpanago@ualg.pt
António José Conde Buzio Sampaio Ramos
outside our remittpanago@ualg.pt





IHOBE Basque Environment Agency
Ana Alzola +34 94 423.07.43ana.alzola@ihobe.euswww.ihobe.eusyes but only within the interested partiespossiblyyesIhobe is the public agency for environmental management of the Basque Country. As such the organization has limited funding capacity. However Ms Alzola has tried to reflect in her responses the potential interest of the Department of Environment of the Basque Government with respect to the SRA. She is willing to participate in an online match making / meeting in the medium term though.
interstedoutside our remitgemma.garcia@tecnalia.com


The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agrucultural Sciences and Spatial Planning
Elisabet Goranssonelisabet.goransson@formas.sewww.formas.seyespossiblypossiblyMay be a change of Contact person


Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF
c/o Marco Pützmarco.puetz@wsl.chwww.snf.chnonono
Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN
c/o Marco Pützmarco.puetz@wsl.chwww.bafu.admin.chnonono

United Kingdom

We will be able to manage the legacy of soil contamination fom the past more cost-effectively and sustainably, with knowledge on the natural capacity of the SSW-system to detoxify contaminants.

  • For founders
  • For endusers
  • For researchers
  • For citizens
Dedicating research funding to increase our knowledge on the capacity of the soil-water-sediment system to degrade, filter and immobilize pollutants, will allow society to profit more from this outstanding ecosystem service to improve quality of life.
End users will profit from research on the detoxification potential of nature, since it will allow stakeholders to assess actual risks of environmental pollution, to improve remediation strategies and risk reduction.
Research on the pollutant degradation, filtering and immobilisation capacity of the soil-sediment-water system will build on the massive work done on this in the last decades, with specific emphasis on health impacts of
long-term, low-level chronic exposure to soil
contaminants, environmental and human risk assessment of mixtures of toxicants, effects of changing environmental conditions (e.g. induced by climate change) on the filter, degradation and immobilization capacity of the soil-sediment-water system, and the further development of bioremediation techniques.
Increased knowledge on natural detoxification of contaminants in soils, aquifers and waters and how to stimulate this, will benefit the health and well being of citizens. It also has the potential of reducing the costs for remediation, in terms of money, landscape destruction and further loss of ecosystem services.

The potential of soils to degrade and detoxify organic pollutants is an outstanding ecosystem service that requires better valuation for decision-making on land use and land management.

Soils, aquifers and rivers play important roles in pollutant degradation. Organic pollutants (e.g. pesticides) can be degraded by microorganisms, metals can be chemically and biologically converted (e.g. redox reactions). The biological degradation of pesticides was extensively studied by the agrochemical industry. The potential of soils to degrade and detoxify organic pollutants is an outstanding ecosystem service. Metals cannot be degraded but a number of redox reactions in soils may lead to an enhanced mobility (i.e. metals will be washed out) or an enhanced immobility (i.e. metals will be adsorbed to surfaces and thus lower their bioavailability).

Activities: knowledge transfer, knowledge creation, demonstration, training and education, survey and monitoring, networking

Goals: No poverty, Zero hunger, Good health Quality, Clean water & sanitation, Industry innovation and infrastructure, Sustainable cities and communities, Climate action, Life on land, Partnership for the goals

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