Improving water quality in ports: an Italo-French project
A project that aims to improve the quality of marine water in ports by minimizing the impact of activities and traffic on the environment was launched in April 2018 at University of Cagliari. The project’s name is PC Italia-Francia Marittimo GrrinPort (Sustainable management of waste and wastewater in ports).
The project is part of the PC Italia-Francia Marittimo 2014-2020 programme and is coordinated by Alessandra Carucci, Professor of Health and Environmental Engineering and Vice Rector for Internationalization at the University of Cagliari.
The project involves the setting up of Action Plans for the sustainable management of solid waste, wastewater disposal and dredged sediments in ports, to be shared by all the project partners in order to develop an organic model that helps port managers and users, also through training, communication and awareness raising actions on sustainable management.
Best practices will then be defined that are in line with the Port Waste Collection and Management Plan, a legal obligation for Port Authorities.
“All this”, Professor Carucci pointed out, “in accordance with the principles of promoting resources and the circular economy, to be extended to all the ports included in the Programme area and, in perspective, to the entire Mediterranean basin”.
The project team also includes Regione Sardegna (Regional Agency of the Sardinian Hydrographic District, Rad-Adis), Medsea (Mediterranean Sea and Coast Foundation), Université de Corse Pasquale Paoli, Office des Transports de la Corse, University of Pisa and the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research.