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Establishing close and effective co-operation with local authorities and other institutions responsible for water quality and environmental health

Due to activities of WP3 participants, such as seminars and workshops with the contribution of environmental officers and people from sanitary inspections, schools and trainings, brochures, posters, TV programs, interviews, press releases, close and effective cooperation with environmental protection agencies and local authorities was establish.

We think that the activities increased public awareness of the potential threat associated with toxic algal blooms in drinking and recreation waters. They also helped to realised that these blooms are formed as a consequence of anthropogenic impact on the environment.

As a result, some local authorities (e.g. in Kartuzy, Kashubian Lake District) have undertaken actions aimed at the improvement of water quality in lakes used for recreation.

It was decided that at the Institute of Oceanography the Regional Toxic Cyanobacteria Centre should be established. The overall aim of the Centre is to integrate and coordinate research projects and monitor programmes, disseminate knowledge on possible causes and consequences of toxic cyanobacteria development, organize trainings.

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Institute of Oceanography University of Gdansk
Al. Marszalka Pilsudskiego 46
81-378 Gdynia
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