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DIESE : Determination of pertinent Indicators for Environmental monitoring: a Strategy for Europe

Presentation:

DIESE is a 4.5-years project financed by the European Interreg IVa France (Channel) / England programme and the French ONEMA, the office national de l'eau et des milieux aquatiques. This project is a collaborative effort to determine the identities, levels and effects of key pollutants in aquatic environments.

Endocrine disrupters, carcinogenic and immunotoxic compounds are dramatically affecting the life of many aquatic organisms. All these chemicals are not treated by water treatment plants and thus suffuse widely within waters, inducing sex alteration, cancers or weakening the immune system. Considering these compounds and their many mechanisms of action will improve our knowledge of the biological complexity and the multifactorial effects of mixture of pollutants on aquatic wildlife.

The scientific knowledge that will result from this project is expected to become a standard in aquatic environment health assessment and will be disseminated and shared with regulatory agencies, industry and the general public in order to standardise regulatory actions, improve the environmental management and help European citizen to ensure a sustainable development of the region.