Two important water quality related DTP projects officially ends in December 2022 and organised its final conference in November 2022.
The TidyUp project
The Tid(y)Up project implemented between 2020 and 2022 with the involvement of 7 countries is located in the catchment area of the Danube and the Tisza rivers. The lead partner of the project was the Filmjungle.eu Association.
The TidyUp project main focus was to gather solutions for the increasing problem of the river-waste – mainly plastic waste – causing significant problem along the Tisza River and some specific sections of the Danube River.
“The bulk of the aquatic plastic (and other waste) reaches the oceans through the rivers: the problematics of garbage patches floating on distant oceans is creeping closer and closer to landlocked countries, calling for collective and comprehensive solutions. A complex problem requires a complex solution: harmonized actions, standard measurements, modern waste management, awareness-raising and prevention are needed.”
The final conference was organised on 8-9 November 2022 in Budapest and Kisköre, Hungary. In the frame of the first day the Hungarian EUSDR National coordinator, Dr. Viktor Oroszi summarized international trends and researches in the topic,” while Ádám Kovács technical expert on behalf of the ICPDR pointed out that the project had filled a void, and highlighted its key research findings, which are useful information when preparing international catchment area management plans” – as the press release also highlights.
The participants of the final conference also visited the Flex (Floating Exhibition) in Kisköre on the second day, which exhibition was constructed on a refurbished ferry, using solely recycled and reused material over the past months.
Press Release of the closing event can be found here.
The Danube Hazard m3c project
The Final Conference and International Workshop of the Danube Hazard m3c project took place on November 30th, in Vienna embedded within the 25th International River Symposium.
The project aimed to achieve a durable and effective transnational control and reduction of hazardous substances water pollution.
Following the plenary session, where the main achievements of the project have been introduced, a workshop session was held discussing about three main topics: (1) legislative proposals (2) proposed measures (3) future (next) steps. During the three hours workshop session the participants could express their thoughts in relation to each topics.
The project management also indicated that although the project original end date is 31 December 2022, the project received three months prolongation to be able to close all project workpackages properly.