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Interview with Maria J. Belzunce Ph.D., leader of MONITOOL Work Package 4 (Database Management and correlation studies)
IPMA complete metal analysis in seawater samples
UNICA (University of Cagliari) organized a conference the 20 June 2019 in Cagliari
MONITOOL Data Quality Assurance: a holistic view
DGT Conference 2019 will be the fifth international scientific event with MONITOOL presence in 2019
MONITOOL partners share results and plan next steps in Gran Canaria
Technical conferences present MONITOOL project and DGT passive sampling in the Canary Islands
Interview with Thi Bolam, leader of MONITOOL Work Package 5
ITC will organize 2 technical conferences in the days preceding the next partners´ meeting in Canary Islands
UNICA promotes the application of the MONITOOL approach for other organic compounds
DCU analyses biofouling on MONITOOL DGTs
Organisation of the interlaboratory DGT exercise by IFREMER, October 2018
Database Management and correlation studies. First promising results.
Interview with Dr. Blánaid White, coordinator of Interreg founded MONITOOL project
MONITOOL partners discuss project´s first results in AZTI, San Sebastián
AZTI hosts 3rd MONITOOL meeting in San Sebastian
DGT extraction and metal analysis by IFREMER
Determination of lead and cadmium labile fraction by Anodic Stripping Voltammetry and total dissolved Nickel Cathodic Stripping Voltammetry
Last EEA report shows the importance of Water Framework Directive (WFD) to keep and improve waters quality in Europe
MONITOOL Project analyses its winter samples and obtains their first results
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Last EEA report shows the importance of Water Framework Directive (WFD) to keep and improve waters quality in Europe

Last EEA report shows the importance of Water Framework Directive (WFD) to keep and improve waters quality in Europe

European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report which gives an updated health check over European surface and groundwater bodies, showing the good general status of waters on the continent and the big challenges remain. Implementation of European water legislation has ensured this improvement, “but much more needs to be done”.

Only 40% of monitored lakes, rivers, estuaries and coastal waters achieved the EU Framework Directive’s minimum ‘good’ or ‘high’ ecological status during the 2010-2015 monitoring period. However, EEA remembers the importance of having a framework directive on this area to continue improving this qualifying. “Thanks to the implementation of European water legislation in the Member States, the quality of Europe’s freshwater is gradually improving” said Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

She also mentioned that is still much more needs to be done, before all lakes, rivers, coastal waters and groundwaters bodies are in good status. Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director says that “we must increase efforts to ensure our waters are as clean and resilient as they should be”.

For this purpose, projects as MONITOOL could help finding suitable Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) by passive sampling, an accurate, reliable, easy and cost-efficient alternative to conventional monitoring in order to improve and facilitate de chemical status assessment of waters, under the WFD.

The report shows that mercury continues being found in water samples, followed by cadmium (one of the metals considered in MONITOOL project). However, the invest of many Member States in better ecological and chemical monitoring programmes and the Water Framework Directive management, is increasing the availability of information and providing a much better understanding of status of waters.

Source of information:  https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/european-waters-getting-cleaner-but