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Research & Investment Programs

LIFE07 ENV/GR/000278 - Soil Sustainability (So.S.)LIFE07 ENV/GR/000278 - Soil Sustainability (So.S.)

“Soil sustainable management in a Mediterranean river basin based on the European soil thematic strategy” (in progress)

The project entitled LIFE - So.S. (Soil Sustainability) refers to the identification of various soil risks considering the geomorphologic, hydrological, economic, and social characteristics of the region and the provisions of the European Soil Thematic Strategy.

In the project’s frame the areas of basin under soil erosion risk, organic matter degradation, salinization, sealing and contamination will be identified. In addition goals for reducing these risks towards soil protection will be set as well as an action plan, to achieve them, will be developed. The local stakeholders will be invited to participate and contribute to the development of the Action Plan.

The project includes major applications implemented for the first time in Greece:

* Adoption and application of the provisions of the European Soil Thematic Strategy.
* Compact of soil erosion in mountainous and semi-mountainous areas of the basin.
* Confrontation of soil degradation in rural areas of the basin.
* Control and protection against contamination and soil sealing in areas to be urbanized.
* Development and dissemination of methods and techniques in soil management and protection.
* Development of an action plan to manage and protect soil of Anthemountas basin by identifying and encountering the risks threatening it.
* Improving skills of scientists and institutions and raise awareness of the local community on soil protection and management.

For the implementation of the project, the Development Agency of Eastern Thessaloniki ANATOLIKI S.A., the Land Research Institute of N.AG.RE.F., the companies INTERGEO LTD and HYETOS G.P., the Region of Central Macedonia and the Regional Development Fund of the Region of Central Macedonia are cooperating.

INTERGEO contributes in the project in the following actions:

  • No10: Decision Management Tool Development on Soil Contamination (DMT-SC)
  • No11: Remediation and monitoring action plan for the soil contaminated sites in a pilot area through the application of DMT-SC
  • No12: Verification, Correction and Finalization of the DMT-SC
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“Design and construction of a facility for sludge and contaminated soil management produced by activities of oil product treatment and transportation” (in progress)

In the frame of Measure 2.9 and Action 2.9.4 (Support of installation and expansion of units for management and utilization of waste, of the operational program “Competitiveness” INTERGEO was chosen among other companies for partial funding of the proposed project: “Design and construction of a facility for sludge and contaminated soil management produced by activities of oil product treatment and transportation”

Aim of the proposed project is the development of a system for contaminated soil and sludge treatment, produced by activities of mining, processing and transportation of oil and its derivatives. Sludge is produced by sediments in storage tanks, residues from refining and processing, maintenance works and treatment of wastewater in oil industry facilities.




LIFE97 ENV/GR/000380

“Implementation of environmental policy in residential development”

In the frame of the Community program LIFE97 ENV/GR/000380, in an area of Evosmos municipality, of future residential development, in Thessaloniki, an environmental subsoil assessment was implemented. The survey included multilevel sampling of soil, subsoil air and underground water. The main contaminants which were detected in the soil were oil Hydrocarbons. According to the results remediation measures were planned. As the most appropriate technique for subsoil remediation on-site and in-situ bio-venting was chosen, which was implemented with great success. This technique was proven very efficient and appropriate for the existent climatic conditions of our country.

Distribution of total hydrocarbon concentration in soil at three different depth levels

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OPTIMA: Optimization for Sustainable Water Resources Management

Water is a key resource in the Mediterranean region, and efficient use and allocation are paramount to sustainable development, in particular in the coastal zone of the South and East, undergoing fast economic development, land use and demographic change.

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The overall aim of OPTIMA is to develop, implement, test, critically evaluate, and exploit an innovative, scientifically rigorous yet practical approach to water resources management intended to increase efficiencies and to reconcile conflicting demands. Based on the European Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) the approach equally considers economic efficiency, environmental compatibility, and social equity as the pillars of sustainable development.

The project also aims at building a wide dissemination network of expertise and knowledge exchange sharing its findings, generic data, and best practice examples.

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For a broad geographical coverage and a good basis for comparative analysis, OPTIMA brings together partners from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Greece, and Austria.

OPTIMA was funded, in part, by the European Commission under the INCO-MPC programme.