Groundwater contamination is a problem that goes beyond administrative boundaries of a local public authority: there is little experience in Europe in the management of such challenges in functional urban areas (FUAs). Current practices of environmental management and measures for mitigation of pollution sources are often not sufficient. 

AMIIGA tackles in particular the problem of groundwater contamination originating from brownfield sites. Due to structural change, extensive brownfield areas exist both in the urban cores as well as in their hinterlands. 

Contamination sources located in "city core" affects the groundwater quality of "hinterlands" downstream and vice versa. It requires effective intervention at a medium (FUA) scale, neglected in existing legislation. The project focuses on integrated assessment, remediation and management strategies. The AMIIGA tools will be implemented in 7 pilot actions in 7 regions; the results will be then jointly evaluated by the project partnership. The AMIIGA partnership ibrings together a combination of technical, research, management and regulatory expertise that will exchange and transfer knowledge, which is needed to face the complex challenge of groundwater contamination.

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What is AMIIGA
AMIIGA is a project pulling together 12 partners from 6 countries of central Europe, all sharing the objective of developing an integrated approach to the management of groundwater quality in functional urban areas. 
AMIIGA project tackles the problem of groundwater contamination originating from sources located in brownfield sites, which is common in Central Europe. 

Why AMIIGA
Much progress has been made in urban environment management in Europe, but little progress in tackling groundwater pollution - common problem to most central Europe urban areas - in the wider territorial dimension of FUAs.

Groundwater knows no administrative borders; a groundwater body covers both “city cores” and “hinterlands”, which is the basic challenge for groundwater management.

When
This is a three-year project running between September 2016 – August 2019. 

Why transnational co-operation

Ambitious remediation targets cannot be achieved within reasonable costs and timeframes by an organization alone. Dealing with groundwater contamination at the FUA scale is in the loophole between EU-regulation (large scale contamination) and national legislation (local point sources). Transnational efforts in awareness rising will raise this issue to the regulatory level, and will support the definition of basic principles on mitigation strategies and measures.
. Academic partners will provide applied research (CSIA, BMTs and modeling), which will result in cooperation on local activities. Such cooperation will be further supported by study visits and job-shadowing.Groundwater contamination is a problem that goes beyond administrative boundaries of a local public authority: there is little experience in Europe in the management of such challenges in FUAs. Partners will jointly elaborate groundwater management plans (contribution to local outputs via expert panel and workshops on local management plans). The formulation of a regional strategy will be carried out with involvement of relevant associated partners (targeting the policy level) to ensure its subsequent implementation. 

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