The AgriAs project developed recommendations for the management of arsenic risks for health and environment in agricultural soil and water in Europe.
The distribution of arsenic basically reflects the natural geochemical background which is lower in Nordic countries compared with the rest of Europe. We carried out detailed studies in two sites:
We developed risk assessment tools for health and the environment and removal technologies for both water and soil. We compiled recommendations for future studies and EU Policy. At the stakeholder workshops organized in Germany, France and Finland, discussions between farmers, authorities and researchers were active. We organised a specific Arsenic Workshop in association with the international SETAC conference.
Please see the Layman’s Report in the project website http://projects.gtk.fi/AgriAs.
AgriAs was the first project in the world which distributed guidelines for arsenic in agricultural soil and water with other crop than rice. It has communicated the results and guidelines to regional, national and European authorities and policy makers. Thus, with new research data and guidelines, AgriAs improved established agricultural practices and promoted new findings for wider use on arsenic contaminated areas. The guidelines may be implemented into regulations of environment authorities in the participating
countries and the European Union.
AgriAs has highlighted that there is a need for coordinated management of the problems of As-contaminated soils. This project developed arsenic management guidelines and new remediation technologies and thus, helped to improve methods for the remediation of arsenic affected soil and water.
AgriAs developed new useful products, namely
The international publications are currently under revision phase. Please see our Layman's report for the main results: http://projects.gtk.fi/export/sites/projects/AgriAs/downloads/AgriAs_Laymans_report_17_12_2019.pdf
*At the time of the proposal. Please consider this data as an accurate estimate; it may vary during the project’s lifespan.
Total costs include in kind contribution by grant holders and can therefore be higher than the total requested funding.