2005 – 2008 (30 months)


Chemical, Biological and Ecotoxicological Assessment of the Bahlui River, in North-eastern Romania.

Case study : Pesticides and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)


Institution :

Technical University of Iasi


Department of Environmental Engineering

Address: Bd. D. Mangeron 71 A, 700050 Iasi
Direction: Dr. Neamtu Mariana



« Alexandru Ioan Cuza » University of Iasi

Faculty: Faculty of Biology

Bd. Carol I 20A, 700506 Iasi

Direction: Prof. Mustata Gheorghe



Environmental Science and Technology Institute (ISTE)
Laboratory of environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology (CECOTOX)

Faculty: School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC)

Station 2, Ecublens

1015 Lausanne, Suisse

Phone: + 41 21 – 693 27 29
Direction: Dr. Luiz Felippe de Alencastro



Sustainable development has an important global dimension. Many of the challenges to sustainability require global action to solve them. The overall aim is to take urgent action to secure a better quality of life for present and future generations along with a sustained economic growth, which supports social progress and respects the environment, a social policy, which underpin economic performance, and a cost-effective environmental policy.

Control of pollutants has high priority and has resulted in a number of directives to reduce emissions. Pesticides pose a crucial problem because these chemicals are applied to crops across the agricultural sector and therefore, constitute a non-point source of soil and water contamination. Pesticides have been classified as damage control agents.

The scope of the follow-up project is the investigation of the widespread use of POPs and pesticides in the basin of Bahlui River, which is the main and the most polluted tributary of Pruth River (in north-eastern Romania). In addition, we plan to make an estimation of the environmental release of active substances and to determine the state of contamination of the concerned rivers. Research is needed to assess the environmental impact of a wide range of these substances in environment, to develop currently available approaches as well as new methodologies, which allow sustainable, environmental-friendly development. The obtained data will reveal new possible approaches for the usage of pesticides in the studied area.

In order to meet the European and worldwide requirements for fresh water protection, we propose a qualitative and quantitative assessment of water pollution with these compounds. We plan to employ chemical, ecotoxicological and biological methods, adapted or developed for the local needs.