Workshop: Contaminated soil management in Greece: learning from EU and international experience
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Soil is, together with air and water, one of the pillars of a coherent environmental policy aiming at maintaining a healthy environment on this planet. Soil contamination, along with erosion, overexploitation, urbanization, etc., threatens our geoenvironment in terms of adversely impacting biodiversity, climate change and the overall quality of life. Contaminated soil management is an old problem dating back to Industrial Revolution. The high cost required along with the complexity of the geoenvironment and the significant political implications render contaminated soil management a real challenge for regulators, industry, service providers and society altogether. Unlike Greece, most EU countries have developed contaminated soil management frameworks, while USA and Australia are definitely among the pioneers on this subject. As a result, there is plenty of available experience to be used by Greece as lessons learned from other countries. It is very important to make clear, however, that all these countries have developed different contaminated soil management frameworks mainly due to different environmental baselines and different development priorities. Therefore, although Greece has a great opportunity to set up a modern and efficient contaminated soil management framework based on other counties’ experience this should be not just a replicate, but a carefully designed procedure taking into account the country’s specific environmental and socio-political conditions. The need for a robust contaminated soil management becomes even more significant for Greece due to the new EU soil strategy.
This workshop aims at helping Greece to develop a sustainable and practical new contaminated soil management framework, while also highlighting the global challenges lying ahead. To this end, experienced international experts from different geographical areas (EU, USA, Australia) and from different points of view have been invited to present key topics, different approaches adopted, and lessons learned by different countries and agencies for this crucial environmental issue.
The Workshop is organized by ENYDRON (enydron.com), the National Technical University of Athens (ntua.gr) and the NICOLE Network for Industrially Coordinated Sustainable Land Management in Europe (nicole.org).