The Western Balkan Peninsula is rich in natural resources. Among the most important of them are considered the polymetallic complex sulphide ore deposits used for the production of base and precious metals. Exploitation of these ore deposits, one of the m ost dynamic sectors in the Western Balkan region, along with metal extraction that follows cause severe environmental pollution problems in the area, related to contamination of soil and surface-groundwater. This project addresses environmental pollution p roblems associated with solid and liquid wastes/effluents produced by complex sulphide ore mining and metallurgical activities in two Western Balkan countries, in order to develop preventive and remedial technologies aiming at waste minimization, remediati on of waste disposal sites and ultimately prevention of the regional water resources contamination. In order to achieve this objective, the project deals with (a) harmonization of the environmental legislation in Western Balkan countries through implementa tion of the relative EU directives and particularly the IPPC directive, (b) identification and full characterization of the major pollution sources at the selected sites in the two Western Balkan countries and evaluation of the risk for humans and ecosyst em on a source-pathway-target principle and (c) development of an innovative and cost effective integrated management scheme aiming at waste minimization, prevention of surface-groundwater contamination and safeguarding the ecosystem of the affected areas . The strategic objective of this project is the reinforcement of environmental protection,one of the three distinct pillars on which sustainable development for both developed and developing countries is based.It is hoped that this will be one of the firs t steps towards sustainable development of mining and metallurgical industry in Western Balkan countries setting the basis for social cohesion, peace, political stability and prosperity.
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Funding SchemeSTIP - Specific Targeted Innovation Project