12 Jan 2022

NATURE project has been officially launched

A project with participation of CIIMAR assesses sustainable solutions to reduce antibiotics, pathogens, and antimicrobial resistance in aquatic ecosystems.


The Horizon 2020 funded project, NATURE, has been officially launched with the aim to assess different solutions inspired by nature to tackle water pollution in a sustainable way. Coordinated by the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), NATURE will develop and assess several nature-based solutions, such as conventional and high-end constructed wetlands, river re-naturalization, and restoration of wetlands, to reduce antibiotics, pathogens and antimicrobial resistance.

Over the next 3 years, these nature-based solutions will cover the continuum from urban sources to coastal biota in estuaries to assess the fate of selected pollutants and improve water quality.


CIIMAR researchers Marisa Almeida, Sandra Ramos, Laura Guimarães and Vânia Freitas will be involved in the characterisation of the Lima river estuary evaluating the potential of salt marshes to remove/reduce pollutants contamination and will contribute for risk assessment and reduction evaluation due to the implementation of nature based solutions.

The close collaboration among the 6 partners and the unique combination of analytical chemistry, molecular microbiology and ecotoxicology techniques will allow NATURE to achieve its key objective of promoting sustainable and green attenuation of aquatic pollutants.


To know more about this project check the project page here.