Horizon 2020

 

As a project coordinator, SPAQuE has submitted a proposal under Horizon 2020 - the Research and Development programme of the European Union, with partners from Belgium, Germany, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.

 

NARENA

In April 2015, SPAQuE, in collaboration with 20 other partners (research centres, universities and PMEs) from Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Sweden, submitted a project proposal under the Horizon 2020 European programme for research and development. The action covers research and innovation actions. The topic of the call is "SC5-07-2015 : More effective ecosystem restoration across EU". The project is entitled NARENA – nature restored effectively and naturally.

The goal of NARENA is to design a proper, reliable methodology for ecosystem restoration that can be applied within the EU to various kinds of situations. The emphasis is on ecosystem services that can be obtained from an appropriate level of restoration, taking into account the 3 pillars of sustainable development: economy, social acceptance and environmental issues. 

After analysing the ecosystem’s history and the proposed future use of the restored area, based on several sustainable development classifications and prioritization methods that serve as a support for decision-makers across the whole EC and surrounding countries, after building a general approach and a set of indicators for ecosystem quality assessment applicable to different types of ecosystems, the goal of the project was to come up with solutions for restoring ecosystems effectively, at a cost that is reasonable and acceptable to the public, deploying 3 main approaches : natural restoration, enhanced restoration and artificial restoration.

The project failed to pass the threshold and the project concept will be further developed.

 

DINNOVSSOL

In April 2014, SPAQuE, as project coordinator, along with partners from Belgium, Germany, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, etc., submitted a project proposal under the Horizon 2020 European programme for research and development. The acronym of the proposal is DINNOVSSOL, which stands for "Pre-commercial procurement for soil decontamination innovation strategies".

The goal of the project is to use specific instruments in order to promote and raise awareness of the need for PCP for existing and new remediation technologies earmarked at the key stakeholders – public authorities, technology providers and civil society.

Soil decontamination, caused in particular by past industrial activities, represents a challenge for many EU countries with serious consequences for public health and land value. Due to its very nature, the soil decontamination policy must be supported by public authorities, sometimes up to 100 % where it is impossible to bring on board the private sector.

For that reason, the objectives of the DINNOVSSOL project are :

  • to offer guidelines derived from state-of-art initiatives in the less experienced countries in soil decontamination where problems are not solved yet, combining it with the know-how and best practice from the more experienced countries,
  • to set up conditions for developing remediation markets by stimulating public and private investments,
  • to boost new industrial activities based on existing and innovative soil decontamination technologies.

The project failed to pass the threshold and the project concept will be further developed.

 

 

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