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MILJØ2015-Norsk miljøforskning mot 2015

Networking/dissemination of measures for control of onsite wastewater treatment and water pollution in Norway, England, Portugal and Poland

Awarded: NOK 84,999

Norwegian and Polish experiences in management of decentralised wastewater treatment with particular focus on water protection and pollution control have been utilised in a joint project funding by the EEA/Norwegian Financial Mechanisms (Project PL0271: I nnovative solutions for wastewater management in rural areas). Within this project, Bioforsk has the closest cooperation with Gdansk University of Technology. This partner is specialising in water and waste/water technology, and frequently organising inte rnational symposia, seminars and conferences on onsite system for waste and waste/water management. As a natural part of the EEA/NFM Project, researchers from Bioforsk actively participate in result dissemination during international symposia, seminars an d conferences, by giving speeches and presentations. One of such event was an occasion for Bioforsk to be introduced to academic groups from England and Portugal, who are not directly involved in the joint project, but have a research focus on decentralis ed wastewater treatment and water pollution control, similar as researchers from Bioforsk. These groups have shown an interest to initiate contacts and develop cooperation with researchers from Bioforsk. This is due to the mutual interest in onsite domest ic wastewater treatment and water protection measures carried out in similar ways, but with different approaches in each country. Consequently, an idea for network-building among researchers with the common and relevant scientific focus has been emerged. In fact, it is of high interest to build-up an international network for sharing, completing and disseminating the knowledge. In particular, the dissemination of the achievements obtained from treatment systems with similar or different filter media, oper ating under completely different conditions (e.g. cold, moderate and Mediterranean climate), and concerning different treatment goals (e.g. reduction of P and/or N) can present the scientific significance.

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MILJØ2015-Norsk miljøforskning mot 2015