Onema

The French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environnements

NewsLetter #9

Summer 2011

Responding to future challenges of water and aquatic systems

Editorial

Patrick Lavarde, General director of Onema

New issues now confront the water and aquatic-environment sector, notably climate change and pollution caused by emerging substances. Onema maintains a technological watch, identifies and mobilises the necessary experts, and provides its scientific and technical support in formulating and implementing national plans addressing the new issues.
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A national plan for medicinal residues in water

The presence of human and veterinary pharmaceutical residues in aquatic environments is a fact, but their effects and the resulting risks are not well known. The formulation of a strategy to improve knowledge on their impacts on environments and to assess the risks for the environment and human health is one of the priorities of the national plan for medicinal residues in water, launched by the Ecology and Health ministries.
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Onema contributes to monitoring and assessing risks of medicinal contamination

Onema is an active participant in key efforts to monitor and assess potential risks caused by medicinal residues in aquatic environments.
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Improving the elimination of micropollutants in wastewater-treatment plants

Household wastewater released to rivers is the main source of pollution caused by medicinal residues in aquatic environments. The goal of the Armistiq project, managed by Cemagref with funding from Onema, is to improve techniques in wastewater-treatment plants to reduce the presence in the natural environment of not only medicinal residues, but micropollutants in general.
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National plan for adaptation to climate change

In July, the Ecology ministry presented the national plan for adaptation to climate change. The plan is the result of long discussions with NGOs, unions, professional organisations, elected officials and public agencies, and it proposes 230 measures to enable the many sectors confronted with inevitable change (agriculture, tourism, forestry, health, territorial planning, etc.) to adapt. Onema participated in the discussions and now manages and funds a number of projects to improve monitoring of water resources and determine the vulnerability of aquatic environments to climate change.
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INTERVIEW

Interview with Yves Lévi, professor at the University of Paris Sud, president of the scientific support group for the national medication plan and member of the national pharmaceutical academy.


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