CLEANWATER / Partners IMPORTANT TO RETAIN
NATIONAL INSTITUT of HYDROLOGY and WATER MANAGEMENT
The NIHWM conducts scientific studies related to water hydrology, hydrogeology and water management. Taking into account its subordination to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, its activities are mainly directed to supporting adequate water environmental management and protection. The large experience accumulated over the years has an important contribution in approaching the new aspects related to water resources sustainable administration and in lining up to the European legislation in the context of Romania’s integration in the European Union. NIHWM is Romania’s representative in hydrology area at the World Meteorological Organization and it is member of: 1) Romanian Association of Hydrological Sciences; 2) National Committee for International Hydrological Program - IHP UNESCO; 3) International Association of Hydrological sciences - IAHS; 4) European Union of Earth Sciences.
The institute has also a wide experience in elaborating research - development national and international programs financed by PHARE, NATO (NATO - SQUASH: 2001 - 2004; NATO - TIGER 2002-2005 and is or was the coordinator for some projects financed by European Union, such as: LIFE Assure (1999 - 2000), RIVERLIFE (2001 - 2004) and DIMINISH (2003 - 2006), in the frame of Program LIFE - Environment, General Division of Environment.
NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL ADMINISTRATION
National Meteorological Administration - NMA, the national provider of meteorological forecast, has as main activities: to provide meteorological and hydrological forecast, agro-meteorological bulletins, research and development in dynamical meteorology, air pollution and climatology, data survey as: radar, satellite and remote-sensing.
NMA has been founded more than 100 years ago, in July 1884. NMA carries out activities in meteorology which include: meteorological short, medium and long range forecasts; meteorological warnings of hazardous phenomena; dynamic meteorology and aerology studies; atmospheric ozone and pollution measurements; theoretical and applied climatology research; radar and remote-sensing applications; air-sea interaction in the Black Sea (e.g. wave models). NMA coordinates the National Meteorological Observations Network, which includes: 151 meteorological stations, 3 aerological stations, 7 radar centers, 60 agro-meteorological stations and 8 actinometrical stations.
Besides the foreign data exchange, NMA takes part in international programs within WMO, is involved as partner or beneficiary in scientific projects financed By European Community (EC) and/or bilateral and multilateral collaborations. Among those we can mention the following projects: MERA (MARS and Environmental Related Applications) Project, Step 3 - Crop vegetation states detection using satellite imagery (1993); PHARE, DG XI Project: CORINE LAND COVER IN ROMANIA, (1994 - 1996); LIFE ASSURE (1999-2002) within the LIFE Program of the European Commission, having as major purpose the achievement of a monitoring, surveying and assessing infrastructure in the urban planning scenarios context of environmental issues for Baia Mare area; LIFE AIRFORALL (2002-2005) projects which approaches, for the first time in Romania, the air quality forecasts issue in "hot-spot" areas on the national territory, providing a feed-back instrument upon pollutants with the forecast impact warning towards the decision-making factors.
NATIONAL RESEARCH and DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE for SOIL SCIENCE and AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY and ENVIRONMENT
National Research and Development Institute for Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry and Environment (RISA) was founded in 1970 within the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (ASAS), by grouping several departments, previously included in different structures. ICPA develops research and service activities for public sector (ministries, county agencies, Universities, NGOs) and private sector (small and medium companies, farms, industrial units), not only from Romania, but also from other countries.
The mission of IPAR is to promote basic, strategic and applied research, survey and long-term monitoring in soil and agrochemistry fields. This mission implies high quality contribution in developing knowledge on soils and environment. In the same time, trained scientists and engineers are involved in providing services, thereby contributing to the economic competitiveness of Romania, and to upgrading the quality of life.
Other important outputs include the development of technologies, such as modeling software packages, some of which lead to patents and commercially exploitable products
The outputs are generated and provided using the most advanced technology, including friendly visualisation (e.g. dynamic maps on monitor, required maps on plotter) and interactive scenarios based on models integrated in GIS, expert systems and decision support systems.
To support the development of the European component of the global observation systems for climate, terrestrial systems and oceans the IPAR is involved with the development of instruments, systems and methods to establish and process long-term consolidated data sets of key variables by both in-situ measurements and remote sensing techniques.
NATIONAL ADMINISTRATION APELE ROMANE - PRUT WATERS DIRECTORATE
National Administration "Apele Romane" - PRUT WATERS DIRECTORATE represents the local branch of the Romanian Waters, which is the responsible for the Water Management strategy implementation and Hydrological National Measurement Network administration within Barlad - Prut Hydrographic Basin, implicit the Barlad River Basin, which represents the study area of the CLEANWATER Project.
The PWD has multilateral collaborations, several international projects such as:
- Costuleni Wetland Project PINMATRA/2003/049 (2003-2006) The Costuleni Wetland Project was carried out in cooperation between the water board "Hunze en Aa's", Prut Directorate, the institute RIZA and the foundation "Het Drentse Landschap". The project aimed was to develop 250 ha wetland in the valley of the river Prut in Romania.
- Integrated Assessment of Land - Use, Policies and Land - Use Options for Wetland Restoration in the Danube River Basin-Elan River UNDP /GEF Danube Regional Project - Objective 1.4 Project Number: 9E0708.03 (2005 - 2006). The UNDP /GEF Danube Regional Project has identified wetland restoration as one potential method for reducing pollution in the Danube River by nutrients and toxic substances. In order to protect and restore the existing wetland areas there was needed developing appropriate integrated land use concepts including policies for sustainable management of wetlands and floodplains in the lower Elanprut River region.
Prut Directorate is the water authority for the Prut and Barlad River Basin situated in the NE part of the country. The hydrografic area Prut - Barlad covers a surface of 20,267 km². The Prut River is the natural border between Romania and Ukraine and between Romania and Moldavia so all the activities concerning water quality have a transboundary effect. Prut Directorate is very much interested in implementing new techniques and models for water quality.