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ORQUE SUDOE - Research Centre for Environmental Quality in Southwest Europe
Coordinator - Olivier Donard
CESAM Responsible researcher - Armando da Costa Duarte
Programme - SOE3/P2/F591 - Programa de Cooperação Territorial Europeia INTERREG IV B SUDOE
Execution dates - 2012-11-11 - 2014-12-31 (26 Months)
Funding Entity - Programa de Cooperação Territorial Europeia INTERREG IV B SUDOE
Funding for CESAM - 100000 €
Total Funding - 1685550 €
Proponent Institution - L’Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Universidade Complutense de Madrid
Universidade de Bordéus 1
Universidade do País Basco
Universidade Autónoma de Barcelona
Instituto Nacional de Saúde Ricardo Jorge
Universidade de La Rochelle

 The SUDOE region ( has a diversity of natural resources, which should be protected in order to preserve the perspective of sustainable development of the territory. This is the case of coastal areas, which are simultaneously and economically, important areas of aquaculture (oyster culture, fisheries and aquaculture) and recreational areas. However, these resources are subject to strong pressures derived from human activities affecting both biodiversity and chemodiversity. In the latter case, these activities constitute a limiting factor, and even negative, for the evolution of biodiversity, affecting directly the quality of the areas. Consequently, there are significant European efforts, both in terms of legislation (Water Framework Directive) and in scientific terms, in order to improve understanding and management of these regions. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop a set of harmonized management practices for such fragile natural areas.

The project "Research Centre for Environmental Quality in Southwest Europe" ORQUE SUDOE ( coordinates the efforts and skills of different partners to implement innovative and reliable tools to monitor the long term evolution of the quality of 3 pilot areas: Ria de Aveiro, Arcachon Bay and Bilbao. This project aims at gathering resources (infrastructure and scientific expertise) of various partners to implement environmental management tools through the development of methods for assessing and monitoring the long term environmental quality. The actors of this project include French, Spanish and Portuguese laboratories, which have shown for several years, a high degree of expertise and skills for the regions under study. This project combines experience and advanced analytical capabilities, unique in Europe, as well as infrastructure for long term storage that have just been made available by the French and Spanish Partners. The ORQUE SUDOE results should allow:

1 - the long-term assessment of chemodiversity and biodiversity of natural areas and respective interdependencies;

2 - the possibility to further analyze the unidentified contaminants or "emerging" pollutants at the respective sampling and storage;

3 - improving the state of information about the natural areas, allowing retrospective analyzes through advanced analytical strategies;

4 – the accurate record of the evolution of contaminants to estimate, for example, the effect of policy regulations aimed at reducing the impact of certain pollutants;

5 - the development of analytical techniques fit for purpose, i.e., the databases based on samples well preserved and catalogued will allow the development of analytical techniques suitable for environmental monitoring;

6 – to establish a database, whose results will be comparable with those obtained by other international institutions;

7 - international experts to establish protocols for the monitoring and regulation of environmental management linked in particular to the problems of climate change and the evolution of biological diversity.

Members on this project


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