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SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF ARSENIC CONTAMINATED WATER AND SOIL IN RURAL AREAS OF LATIN AMERICA

Objective

The rational use of natural resources is of vital importance for sustainability and development of developing countries. New policies must be adopted to guarantee sustainable management and utilisation of the natural resources of soil and water. Safe wa ter for domestic and agrarian uses is a world-wide priority in all countries and for all people. The global impact of arsenic contamination on soils and groundwaters by natural (volcanic) and anthropogenic (mining) activities causes serious health issues which need to be addressed with some urgency in the near future. Nowadays, there are no simple and inexpensive technologies to mitigate arsenic contamination. In isolated and poor rural areas in developing countries this problem is deeply aggravated as they cannot benefit from public water treatment processes. On the other hand, agricultural uses of arsenic polluted soil and water is an important issue for food safety concern.The aim of this project is the design and implementation of arsenic mitigati on programmes to solve the specific problems of these poor and rural areas. A complementary topic of interest is the development of monitoring strategies aimed to assess the risk of arsenic accumulation in the food chain. The present proposal is address ed to connect and feedback mechanisms between all the relevant sectors involved in arsenic pollution in Europe and Latin America (scientific expertise in arsenic mitigation and/or removal in water and soil; health agencies; national and regional Authoriti es; stakeholders such as communities, NGOs and the private sector. Other aims of the project are the development of effective and sustainable strategies, compiling the right information, preparing emergency and long term programme phases, and coordinati ng mitigation and monitoring programmes.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-INCO-DEV/SSA-1
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Coordinator

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO AGRARIO DE CASTILLA Y LEON
Address
Ctra. Burgos Km. 119
Valladolid
Spain

Participants (4)

CORNWALL COLLEGE CORPORATION
United Kingdom
Address
Lombard House, 8 Palace Road
St. Austell, Cornwall
UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DEL NORTE
Chile
Address
Avenida Angamos Nº 0610
Antofagasta
UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES
Argentina
Address
Viamonte 430
Ciudad De Buenos Aires
UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID
Spain
Address
Plaza De Santa Cruz Nº8
Valladolid