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The SOLUTIONS project: Challenges and responses for present and future emerging pollutants in land and water resources management

Journal article
Authors Werner Brack
Rolf Altenburger
Gerrit Schüürmann
Martin Krauss
David López Herráez
Jos van Gils
Jaroslav Slobodnik
John Munthe
Bernd Manfred Gawlik
Annemarie van Wezel
Merijn Schriks
Juliane Hollender
Knut Erik Tollefsen
Ovanes Mekenyan
Saby Dimitrov
Dirk Bunke
Ian Cousins
Leo Posthuma
Paul J. van den Brink
Miren López de Alda
Damià Barceló
Michael Faust
Andreas Kortenkamp
Mark Scrimshaw
Svetlana Ignatova
Guy Engelen
Gudrun Massmann
Gregory Lemkine
Ivana Teodorovic
Karl Heinz Walz
Valeria Dulio
Michiel T.O. Jonker
Felix Jäger
Kevin Chipman
Francesco Falciani
Igor Liska
David Rooke
Xiaowei Zhang
Henner Hollert
Branislav Vrana
Klara Hilscherova
Kees Kramer
Steffen Neumann
Ruth Hammerbacher
Thomas Backhaus
Juliane Mack
Helmut Segner
Beate Escher
Gisela de Aragão Umbuzeiro
Published in Science of the Total Environment
Volume 503-504
Pages 22-31
ISSN 0048-9697
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Pages 22-31
Language en
Links doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.05...
Keywords Effect-based tools, Environmental risk assessment, Exposure and risk modelling, Mixture toxicology, Water Framework Directive, Water policy
Subject categories Environmental Sciences

Abstract

© 2014 Elsevier B.V. SOLUTIONS (2013 to 2018) is a European Union Seventh Framework Programme Project (EU-FP7). The project aims to deliver a conceptual framework to support the evidence-based development of environmental policies with regard to water quality. SOLUTIONS will develop the tools for the identification, prioritisation and assessment of those water contaminants that may pose a risk to ecosystems and human health. To this end, a new generation of chemical and effect-based monitoring tools is developed and integrated with a full set of exposure, effect and risk assessment models. SOLUTIONS attempts to address legacy, present and future contamination by integrating monitoring and modelling based approaches with scenarios on future developments in society, economy and technology and thus in contamination. The project follows a solutions-oriented approach by addressing major problems of water and chemicals management and by assessing abatement options. SOLUTIONS takes advantage of the access to the infrastructure necessary to investigate the large basins of the Danube and Rhine as well as relevant Mediterranean basins as case studies, and puts major efforts on stakeholder dialogue and support. Particularly, the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) working groups, International River Commissions, and water works associations are directly supported with consistent guidance for the early detection, identification, prioritisation, and abatement of chemicals in the water cycle. SOLUTIONS will give a specific emphasis on concepts and tools for the impact and risk assessment of complex mixtures of emerging pollutants, their metabolites and transformation products. Analytical and effect-based screening tools will be applied together with ecological assessment tools for the identification of toxicants and their impacts. The SOLUTIONS approach is expected to provide transparent and evidence-based candidates or River Basin Specific Pollutants in the case study basins and to assist future review of priority pollutants under the WFD as well as potential abatement options.

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