Danube Hazard m3c

Tackling hazardous substances pollution in the Danube River Basin by Measuring, Modelling-based Management and Capacity building.

According to the EU Water Framework Directive, hazardous substances (HS) pollution is a major water quality issue to be tackled in the Danube River Basin (DRB). This also applies to non-EU Member States, which committed to pursue similar goals within the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). Despite a significant risk of failing to achieve such goals, this topic is heavily underrepresented in the current DRB District Management Plan (DRBMP) and national plans, mostly owing to substantial knowledge gaps and to the lack of system understanding as well as institutional capacity regarding HS emissions pathways and effective management options.

The project aims to achieve a durable and effective transnational control and reduction of HS water pollution. It contributes to the DTP objective of strengthening joint and integrated approaches to preserve and manage the diversity of natural assets in the Danube region and to the targets of Priority Area 4 of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. Danube Hazard m3c builds on the three elements of water governance (measuring, modelling and management) complemented by capacity building. Specifically, the project aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of the status quo of HS water pollution in the DRB, by integrating and harmonizing available existing data of HS concentration levels and by modelling emissions at catchment scale in pilot regions. Though not being the main focus of the project, targeted measurement campaigns must be carried out to fill critical gaps needed to provide a robust basis for modelling and management. A further goal is to enhance the transnational management of HS water pollution, through: i) coordinated prioritization of transnational measures with consideration of territorial needs, pursued through basin-wide emission modelling, assessment of management scenarios and elaboration of recommendations for the DRBMP and ii) tailor-made training activities.

Project duration is 30 months (01.07.2020.-31.12.2022.).

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Project is co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI).

CETI representative participated in coordination meeting in Greek Atomic Energy Commission

Representative of CETI, dr Nikola Svrkota – Head of dosimetric and noise measurement unit, took a part in Coordination meeting on outcomes and findings of the TC regional project RER9140 and its resulting implication for the RER9149, held in Greek Atomic Energy Commission (EEAE) from 28 to 30 January 2019.

The purpose of the event is to assess the progress and evaluate the findings of the closing TC regional project RER9140 “Strengthening Protection of Radiation Workers and Occupational Exposure Monitoring” as well as to identify its resulting implications and priority areas for the succeeding TC regional project RER9149 “Improving the Radiation Protection of Workers Occupationally Exposed to Ionizing Radiation” and plan the new project’s activities for the period of 2019-2022


Start of the project „Minamata initial assessment for Montenegro”

Inception meeting for project „Minamata initial assessment for Montenegro” was held in Ministry for sustainable development and tourism (MORiT) during which representatives of MORiT and United Nations Development Programe (UNDP) presented concept of the project, it’s objectives, as well as upcoming phases and activities within its realization.

Role of the Center for ecotoxicological research is to make mercury inventory which will be used as a basis for further activities in the project.

Objective of the project is to make initial assessment of amount of mercury with aim to create preconditions for ratification of “Minamata mercury convention”. Also, this project will set foundation for implementation of this convention.

You can find more information on this link.

Press conference regarding completion of the Project “Capacity strengthening in Montenegro in the event of incidents at sea”

On October 26 2016, final press conference was held regarding successful completion of the Project “Capacity strengthening in Montenegro in the event of incidents at sea” which was financed by Ministry of foreign affairs, Kingdom of Norway.  Project is worth 2 600 000 NOK or 260 000 EUR.

Environmental protection, including sea, has a special importance and it is one of the main problems globally. Rapid development of nautical and cruise tourism in Montenegro increases the risk for various types of incidents at sea.

Montenegro has established legal and institutional framework and National plan for emergency response in case of marine pollution from vessels and defined response system in case of oil spills, as well as role and responsibility of competent authorities and institutions.

Objective of the Project was to contribute strengthening of professional and technical capacities of the important factors in the in the implementation of the National Plan for emergency response in case of marine pollution from vessels.  On that way risk of possible spread of pollution caused by incident is reduced.

Project coordinator is Center for ecotoxicological research LLC – CETI. CETI carried out all procurement, organized trainings for other institutions for sampling in cooperation with partners on the project, organized training in the reference center in EU and coordinated all planned project activities.

Partners in the project were:

  • Maritime Safety Administration and the Port Authority of Bar and Kotor – Ministry of Transportation and Maritime Affairs
  • Department of border security, maritime police – Police Directorate – Ministry of Internal Affairs

In the implementation of the project were also included Navy of Montenegro and Environmental protection agency (EPA).

Within this project equipment for laboratory testing grades of oil was purchased, as well as other chemical agents, standard reference materials and chemicals, equipment for sampling and analysis in the field, and dispersants (liquid mixture of agents that act on the surface of one or more organic solvents and which are specially formulated for the promotion of natural dispersion of oil in the water column by reducing the interfacial tension between oil and water).

In order to strengthen the professional capacity of relevant institutions workshop was organized for the participants of the project in a reference center in the EU (Great Britain). Also CETI has organized training in Kotor harbor master’s office regarding presentation of field equipment – equipment for sampling and measurement of pollution and training for managing the equipment.

Main results of the project are better professional and technical qualifications of institutions in Montenegro for intervention in the case of sea pollution from oil, and which is particularly important strengthened inter-institutional cooperation.

Executive Director Nada Medenica thanked donator, Ministry of foreign affairs, Kingdom of Norway for understanding the needs of Montenegro and countries institutions in resolving problems in the area of environment and for the second time given confidence to Center for ecotoxicological research. She also expressed gratitude towards partners for quality cooperation and successfully completed activities of the project with desire that this project may be basis for future projects and future cooperation in the area of protection of the sea from pollution.

Expert visit of GIZ representatives

Center for ecotoxicological research hosted a expert visit of GIZ representatives, within project CSBL regarding preservation of biodiversity of Skadar lake. Mr. Nicolaus Fleischmann, expert for priority hazard supstances in surface waters, sediment and biota of Skadar lake, and ms. Jelena Perunicic project manager are representatives from GIZ.

GIZ expert Mr. Nicolaus Fleischmann was in a two day visit in Montenegro with aim to meet all accredited laboratories in order to analyse their capacities, and with all institutions and individuals which carried out so far researches of priority hazard supstances in surface waters, sediment and/or biota of Skadar lake.

Mr. Fleischmann was informed about all activities of CETI, and about all research of surface waters and sediment which were carried out by CETI. He also visited Laboratory and expressed very positive opinion about expert and technical capacities of CETI.

It was agreed that CETI will send all previous research results regarding surface waters and sediment, that are relevant to this project.

Representatives from Kingdom of Norway embassy visited CETI

Delegation from Kingdom of Norway embassy visited CETI with aim to follow up on implementation of projects which are financed through bilateral cooperation between Kingdom of Norway and Montenegro. Delegation was lead by Mari Timenes Nordmo with colleagues Nela Jović and Sondre Hansen Eriksen.

Representatives from embassy were informed about activities and results of the project “Capacity strengthening in Montenegro in the event of incidents at sea”, whose implementation is finishing soon.

Also meeting attended representatives from Ministry of economy, Ministry of transportation and maritime (Directorate for maritime transportation and Maritime Safety Administration) and Environmental Protection Agency which are counterparts in the project.


Final workshop of CAPS 2 project

The final workshop of the project “CAPS2- Strengthening Centers for Aquaculture production and Safety surveillance in Adriatic Cross-border Countries “(2nd. Ord./0216), co-funded by the European Union under the Cross Border Cooperation Program 2007-2013 IPA Adriatic Cross Border cooperation, took place in hotel Splendid, Becici on 21 June 2016.

Main topic of the workshop was “Safety and surveillance in the aquaculture sector: results and plans”, and goal was to present activities and results of project to all interested participants in Montenegro, and to encourage ideas about future initiatives between all interested sides in this sector.

Significant role in this workshop had Center for ecotoxicological research ahead with director of Laboratory Danijela Sukovic, who presented main activities of the project along with laboratory tests that were undertaken during the project. Based on the testing results there will be classification of the production area in categories in Boka kotorska bay.

Organizer of the workshop was Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Veterinary directorate. Also presentations were held by Specialist veterinary laboratory, Institute for marine biology and Croatian veterinary institute Split.

Producers from aquaculture sector were also present, and they brought up their suggestions and comments aiming to improve their capacities in the future. There is a need to continue dialogue between competent state services and producers with aim to define needs and possibilities for improving safety of aquaculture sector.


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Representatives of the Royal of Foreign Affairs (Norway) visited realized and actual project in Montenegro

The Project ”Strengthening capacities for the implementation of the monitoring of emission of pollution from the stationary sources” (86 965 EUR) has been successful finalized  and it was good opportunity to see the interlaboratory measurements  on the site( power plant of AS Plantaze-Podgorica) realized by CETI and Institute for safety, quality and environmental protection and health 27. January Nis.

The team of CETI presented the status and future activities within the new Project ”Capacity strenghtening in Montenegro in the event of incidents at sea”(293.035 EUR) donation from Bilateral  Program 2014.