- To elaborate a joint integrated GIS database for the Calafat-Vidin – Turnu Magurele-Nikopole Danube Floodplain sector;
- To identify the natural and technological hazards typologies;
- To assess vulnerability to natural and technological hazards;
- To elaborate the specialised natural and technological hazards maps;
- To assess soil and water quality and aquifer vulnerability to pollution with nutrients, pesticides and heavy metals;
- To identify the best sustainable development strategies for environmental protection;
- To disseminate the results of the research to interested actors in the border area through joint events.
- Implementation of the analytical methods to be used for the environment quality evaluation;
- Implementation of standard procedures for QA / QC;
- Review of the national and international standards for water, soil and sediments quality;
- Performing water, soil and sediment collection in two sampling campaigns (2012-autumn; 2013-springtime);
- Conducting physico-chemical analysis of surface waters, well waters, deep-drilling waters, soil and sediment samples in order to assess the environment quality;
- Interpretation of the results obtained in the first field campaign and the re-evaluation of the working plan in order to complete it for assessing soil and water vulnerability to pollution;
- Interpretation of the results obtained in the second field campaign, regarding soils and water quality;
- Elaboration and review of environmental indicators for assessing the natural and technological hazards;
- Information exchange on natural and technological hazards protection and management.
||Under the conditions of global environmental change, the assessment of the earth system’s vulnerability to different environmental stressors is essential in evaluating the consequences of the related changes and in adopting the most efficient management measures. Thus, the ROBUHAZ-DUN project is aiming to elaborate an integrated database comprising digital maps and information in terms of natural and technological hazards at the level of the Romanian and Bulgarian territory of the Danube Floodplain in the Calafat-Vidin / Turnu Magurele-Nikopole sector that could be used by regional planning authorities, environmental agencies and emergency services to protect local population, businesses, environment and infrastructure from the potentially disastrous consequences of natural and technological disasters. The project will also permit exchanges of information, experience and knowledge in the field of hazard assessment and management in the cross-border area, the elaboration of joint studies based on the hazards assessment, including development of communication links and will facilitate transfer of information between universities/ environmental research institutes and the border area environmental authorities/ emergency/fast intervention bodies. The joint project will be rendered to the decision-making factors from Romania and Bulgaria in order to contribute to the reducing of damages generated by different types of hazards.
- A joint complex assessment and database of natural and technological hazards in the Calafat-Vidin – Turnu Magurele-Nikopole Danube Floodplain sector;
- Hazard maps at different spatial scales;
- Soil and water quality data;
- Support for the decision making;
- Raising the awareness of citizens, land owners and policy makers;
- Integrating hazard assessment and management with spatial planning;
- Common publications.
- Workplan and study protocol designed, destined to environment quality evaluation in the Danube floodplain;
- Performing the first (autumn 2012) and second sampling campaign (springtime 2013), by collecting 139 environmental samples;
- Reporting of field campaigns;
- Conducting physico-chemical analyses of the well, deep-drilling, surface water, soil and sediment samples for assessing soil and water vulnerability to pollution;
- Elaboration of vulnerability indicators for assessing the natural and technological hazards and drawing up the “matrix” of environmental indicators;
- Data obtained in the first and second sampling campaign processed and interpreted regarding water, soils and sediment quality, differently, depending on organic and inorganic contaminants;
- Calculation of pollution index for soil and water: contamination indices, background enrichment indices, ecological risk indices, differentiating between single and integrated indices (for the first and second sampling campaign);
- Treatments of waters polluted with nitrates / nitrites reviewed;
- Information exchange on natural and technological hazards protection and management;
- Results dissemination.