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1 WORKSHOP 13A13 Environmental models, methods and cooperation Organiser: Green Innovation in Action Comparative investigations on the contamination of soil and water in organic and conventional agriculture and human health risk assessment Department of Scientific-Technical Support & Programmes Implementation Regional Development Fund Western Greece Region Dr. Christos Tzomakas Vice Head of Dept.

2 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 2 Presentation structure Short profile of Western Greece Region WGR s priorities for the environment (ROP) WGR s involvement on environmental projects (INNACT, GRDP, INNOREF) Short information about INNACT INNACT sub-action 4.2: Laboratory of Environmental Studies Motivation of the project Activities of the Laboratory Infrastructure & Software Evaluation of the Laboratory Capabilities Next Steps

3 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 3 Short profile of Western Greece Region WGR is one of the 13 Regions of Greece 3 administrative districts: Prefectures of Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Elia Area: 11.350 square kilometres (8,6% of the total area of Greece) Population : 741,282 inhabitants (2001) For the most part the terrain is mountainous (45,3%) or hilly (25,6%), while only 29,1% consists of plains Variety of landscapes, from alpine meadows to sandy beaches and a unique network of rivers and wetlands that support a wide range of wildlife (including golden eagles and vultures) WGR is a modern communications and transport hub that connects Greece to the rest of Europe (countrys main gateway to Western Europe)

4 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 4 WGR s priorities for the environment One of the main priorities of WGRs ROP is the Enhancement and protection of the environment and development of smooth and renewable energy sources Sub-priorities Encouragement of prevention measures Promotion of sustainable development Protection of lakes, rivers, lagoons, and seas Management of water potential Development of waste recycling technologies and energy production from biomass Use of smooth and renewable energy sources like wind, solar, hydro- electric and biomass

5 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 5 WGR s involvement on environmental projects INNACT (2002-2004) ERDF INNOVATIVE ACTIONS Goal: to support decisively the innovation in its geographical and administrative limits and reduce the "technology gap" that separates it from other more developed Regions in the European Union GRDP (2004-2006) INTERREG IIIC SOUTH Goal: to exchange knowledge and experience so as to locate and develop best practices for the environmental / sustainable development and its evaluation techniques INNOREF (2004-2007) INTERREG IIIC EAST Goal: to enhance sustainable growth through innovation and resource efficiency

6 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 6 Short information about INNACT Duration:27 months (1/1/2002 – 31/03/2004) Total budget:3.609.412 (ERDF 2.852.265, National 113.251, Private 643.895 ) Structure: 6 Actions –> 12 Sub-Actions (covering innovation transfer to SMEs, clustering, e-commerce, health and safety for the citizens, organic farming) Partners:Universities, Institutes, Chambers of Commerce, Research Centres, Agricultural Networks, Private Companies

7 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 7 Focus on INNACT Sub-action 4.2 Objective: Development of the Laboratory of Environmental Studies with the appropriate advanced infrastructure & experienced scientific and technical personnel for solving problems related to soil, groundwater and surface water pollution and for studying the effects of soil and water contamination in organic and conventional agriculture Responsible Organization: FORTH / ICE-HT

8 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 8 Motivation Questions of consumers concerning the quality of agricultural products (both conventional and organic) Need for quality certification of agricultural products, mainly those which are exported Lack of laboratories of this type in the broad area of Western Greece

9 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 9 Activities of the Laboratory of Environmental Studies Monitoring and recording pollution of soil and water with toxic organic and inorganic substances in biologically and conventionally cultivated areas cited in the Region of Western Greece Measurements of pesticide residues of agricultural products. Prediction of the spreading of the plume of contaminants with the appropriate software Toxicological and eco-toxicological risk assessment due to soil pollution and the contamination of agricultural products with the appropriate software Suggestion of technically and economically feasible strategies for pollution containment and/or site remediation

10 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 10 Work packages of the project 1. Infrastructure: Selection, purchase, installation and operation, and specialization of the personnel in the operation/maintenance (86% of the budget) 2. Software: Selection, purchase, installation and operation, and combination with the software developed by researchers of FORTH/ICE-HT (6.5% of the budget) 3. Demonstration: Evaluation of the functionality and the capabilities of the Laboratory of Environmental Studies (7.5% of the budget)

11 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 11 Infrastructure of the Laboratory of Environmental Studies (new) Infrastructure Soil Characterization & Analysis Water Analysis Analysis of Pesticides Total Organic Carbon and Total Nitrogen Analyzer Ion Chromatographer Gas Chromatographer with Mass Spectrometer Liquid Chromatographer with Mass Spectrometer Microbiological Safety Cabinet Incubator Centrifuge Vacuum Pump pH-meter Conductivity meter Cold Room Fermentor Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope

12 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 12 Infrastructure of the Laboratory of Environmental Studies (existing) Infrastructure Soil Characterization & Analysis Water Analysis Analysis of Pesticides X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscope (XRF) Atomic Absorption Spectroscope (AAS) High Resolution Mass Spectroscope Hg-Porosimeter Physisortpion/Chemisortpion Analyzers Particle Size Analyzers Zetasizer Atomic force microscope (AFM) Optical Microscopes

13 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 13 Software of the Laboratory of Environmental Studies (commercial) Software Package Software Capabilities Visual MODFLOW Pro with MT3D 99 Simulation of groundwater flow and contaminant transport Simulation of natural attenuation of contaminated groundwater Estimation of the reductive dechlorination of TCE, PCE and DCE in groundwater Evaluation of pollution containment and remediation strategies MODFLOW- SURFACT Simulation of saturated/unsaturated groundwater flow Simulation of soil vapor flow Simulation of transport in vadose zone FEFLOW Prediction of plume spreading Design of groundwater remediation strategies Simulation of seawater intrusion in coastal areas Simulation of transient or steady-state flow, saturated and unsaturated flow, mass and heat transport (density-dependent flow) in soil with fractures Risk WorkBench Estimation of human health risk from exposure to contaminated media (air, water, soil) Evaluation of potential ecological impacts to surface water and sendiments

14 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 14 Software of the Laboratory of Environmental Studies (in-house) Software PackageSoftware Capabilities PoreSpace/GenusUser-friendly software tools for the calculation of geometrical and topological characteristics or 3D porous media using 2D digitized images of serial sections of each sample PoreFlow/DispersionCompute-aided model of the spreading of a contaminant plume in soil and aquifers PoreFlow/Ganglion & DeProF Software tool for modeling the simultaneous flow of organic contaminants and water in soil when the liquids are immiscible, or partially miscible of completely miscible.

15 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 15 Evaluation of the Capabilities of the Laboratory of Environmental Studies Selection and adjustment of the appropriate protocols for chemical analysis of toxic organic and inorganic substances and pesticide residues in samples of soil and underground and surface water Sampling from different areas of the Region of Western Greece, where organic or conventional agriculture are applied Chemical analysis of the samples to measure the residues of the most representative pesticides used in the area for demonstration of the capabilities of the Laboratory Cost accounting of the various types of chemical analyses and services of the Laboratory of Environmental Studies Viability study

16 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 16 Next Steps... Accreditation of the Laboratory of Environmental Studies according to European and International Standards to provide reliable analytical results for the quality of food products, water and soil Establishment of a spin-off company to provide services in the area of quality assurance mainly for food products, but also for water and soil

17 13/10/2005Mid Sweden Office, Brussels 17 Thank you ! Thank you very much for your attention ! More information under http://www.ptapde.gr/projects/innact or Email: ctzomakas@ptapde.grctzomakas@ptapde.gr


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