Innovative technologies for contaminated sediment management in ports and coastal areas

The interest project will foster sustainable development in israel and italy through countries cooperation in the design of innovative services and technological solutions for contaminated sediment management in coastal and port areas

Backgound. Sediment is an essential, integral and dynamic part of any aquatic system, playing a major role in the hydrological, geomorphological, and ecological functioning of coastal areas; in spite of its value, at European and international level, current policy and regulations still address sediment issues in a fragmented manner not supporting sustainable management of this valuable resource. In particular, EU legislation includes a number of directives directly targeting sediment or soil, some of which also directly or indirectly address dredged material; beyond these, there are a number of Council Directives that do not specifically address sediment or dredged material but which may still relate to sediment management. None of these directives regulate the overall process of dredging, treat and reuse of sediments. Sediment management in coastal areas often involves dredged material management, i.e. the more or less regular dredging of large volumes of sediment in estuaries and its disposal either in the aquatic environment or on land. As part of this sediment is contaminated, since 1999 the international maritime conventions to which most European countries belong, have developed specific guidelines for the input or relocation of this sediment in convention waters. With the environmental policy moving from nearly irrelevant to fundamental, offshore dumping of polluted sediments is not allowed anymore and some alternative management options have been recently considered. In Israel, polluted marine sediments are disposed at sea due to the lack of proper treatment facilities. Moreover, polluted estuarine and river sediments are stored in large ponds such as along the Kishon river due to the inadequate treatment solutions. Over the last 15 years, however, research and experience have demonstrated that dredged material is not inevitably a waste, but can in many cases have added value. The focus has now shifted to finding beneficial uses for dredged material and for coordinating the supply of dredged material with a concurrent demand. Options for beneficial use are numerous: they vary from coastal nourishment, land or wetland creation, and soil improvement to dike building and use as construction material. Project objective. The INTEREST project overall objective is to foster innovation for sustainable development in coastal and port areas, developing new technologies to optimize sediment management. To achieve this objective the project will build on the integration of management solutions and treatment techniques, proving their feasibility from the legislative, economical, technical and environmental point of view.
Project ID: 
6 264
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Project Duration: 
Project costs: 
800 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Soil Pollution
Market Area: 
Other services (not elsewhere classified)

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