(English) “Academic environmental protection studies on surface water quality in significant cross-border nature reservations Djerdap / Iron Gate national park and Carska Bara special nature reserve, with population awareness raising workshops” – Asociaţia Pro-Mehedinţi

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The project “Academic environmental protection studies on surface water quality in significant cross-border nature reservations Djerdap / Iron Gate national park and Carska Bara special nature reserve, with population awareness raising workshops”(08.2019-02.2021, budget 626.000,00 Euro) was financed under Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Romania-Serbia Programme, financed by the European Union under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II) and co-financed by the partner states in the Programme. The project was implemented by Pro-Mehedinti Association in partnership with University Politehnica Timisoara(Romania), Technical Faculty in Bor and Citizen’s Association “Village” – Movement for Rural Development Zlot(Republic of Serbia).

Project objectives were: Evaluation of environmental current situation in cross border “sister” Danube banks nature reservation Djerdap (Serbia) and national parks Iron Gate (Romania), surface water quality evaluated on Danube and Danube tributaries from both countries; Raising the awareness of young generations on both sides of the border on the immediate need to protect the region remarkable natural heritage and also raising the awareness of local society on the advantages of sustainable use of natural resources and environmental protection; Development of state universities – University Politehnica Timisoara and Technical Faculty in Bor – infrastructure thru state-of-art analytical equipment for environmental analysis, to increase their research capabilities in order to assure their goals for the future: significant contribution to education of next generation of experts.

The objective outputs are: Scientific study on surface water quality in Djerdap/Iron gate protected area; Study on evaluation of surface water quality in two regional significant and unique sites, Carska-Bara special nature reserve and Delta (Balta) Nera nature reservation, the newest delta in Europe; Extensive Study on the influence of the copper mining activities in Majdanpek on Danube river.Intensive copper mining and processing in Majdanpek- State-of-art equipment acquisitions for University Politehnica Timisoara and Technical Faculty in Bor; Organization of 2 major Conferences for project results dissemination to experts, NGO’s and general public with a focus on the promoting the eco-sustainable development of cross-border area and protection of our natural heritage; Awareness campaigns and Information seminars in schools – 3081 participants.

website of the project: http://aeps.upt.ro/