Improved risk assessment for strategic water management to reduce micro-pollutant emissions in the Baltic Sea Region
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APRIORA

PROGRAMME 2021-2027
priority
2 Water-smart societies
objective
2.1 Sustainable waters
Project type
Core Project
Implementation
November 2023 - October 2026
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APRIORA

In the project APRIORA, environmental protection agencies and wastewater treatment plants get equipped with a GIS-based risk assessment system to monitor and model concentrations of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in order to improve water management and reduce emissions.
APRIORA tackles the need for a risk-based prioritisation of quaternary treatment at wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) to mitigate emission of micro-pollutants with focus on active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). Since WWTPs are the main emission pathway to the environment, the new proposal for Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive (UWWTD) demands a mandatory quaternary treatment to be implemented in all WWTP > 100.000 PE until 2030 and a risk-based prioritisation of advanced treatment for WWTP between 10.000-100.000 PE. Accordingly, regional environmental protection authorities (EPAs) in charge will have to prioritize risks and propose cost-effective mitigation measures for future investments in cooperation with WWTP operators. However, both target groups lack sufficient information, capacities and tools to do so: API emissions from WWTPs are not measured, concentrations in surface waters are only available on few selected monitoring sites; no consistent tools for the demanded risk assessment (RA) or à priori effect assessment of potential mitigation measures exist. APRIORA addresses these deficits by providing a RA capacity program (1) combining effective monitoring, modelling and multi-criterial RA, an (2) open-source GIS environment, and (3) a capacity building programme to apply (1) + (2) in everyday working practices. Along with BSR-wide transfer + training activities, APRIORA contributes to an efficient strategic water management that improves the state of BSR waters.
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Budgets

APRIORA
in numbers.
  • 2.40
    Million
    Total
  • 1.92
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

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45 Benefitting organisations 1 Solution(s) in preparation 1 Solution(s) plannedfor use / upscale 3 Pilotactivities 28 Organisationsin the project

APRIORA
in numbers.

  • 54.069059338728512.081099790763664
  • 60.167488124.9427473
  • 62.787395622.838819
  • 62.8241170527.593200574793077
  • 52.517036513.3888599
  • 56.9909341524.084764650000004
  • 56.9360594524.15668273290571
  • 54.348290718.6540233
  • 56.029377814.1566859

Project partners

Lead partnerUniversity of Rostock
  • Town
    Rostock
  • Region
  • Country
    Germany
  • Region
    Rostock, Kreisfreie Stadt
Total partner budget
773,476.00
Finnish environment institute
  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
  • Country
    Finland
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
Total partner budget
345,377.60
Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in South Ostrobothnia
  • Town
    Seinäjoki
  • Region
  • Country
    Finland
  • Region
    Etelä-Pohjanmaa
Total partner budget
155,868.00
Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea
  • Town
    Kuopio
  • Region
  • Country
    Finland
  • Region
    Pohjois-Savo
Total partner budget
28,173.60
German Environment Agency
  • Town
    Berlin
  • Region
  • Country
    Germany
  • Region
    Berlin
Total partner budget
287,820.00
Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology
  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Region
    Rīga
Total partner budget
218,420.00
Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre
  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Region
    Rīga
Total partner budget
233,849.60
Gdansk University of Technology
  • Town
    Gdansk
  • Region
  • Country
    Poland
  • Region
    Gdański
Total partner budget
140,008.08
Kristianstad University
  • Town
    Kristianstad
  • Region
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Region
    Skåne län
Total partner budget
217,422.06

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    19
    June
    APRIORA Target Group Webinar (1)
    Project: APRIORA
    Virtual Meeting
    19. June 2024
    13:00 - 15:00 (CEST)
    22-23
    April
    APRIORA Partner Meeting
    Project: APRIORA
    Physical Meeting
    22. - 23. April 2024
    14:30 - 16:00 (EEST)
    20-21
    November
    APRIORA Kick-off Meeting
    Project: APRIORA
    Physical Meeting
    20. - 21. November 2023
    14:00 - 15:00 (CET)

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