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Project worth over 1 million euro to enhance Environment Guard capacity to monitor hazardous waste

Starting this year, Romania has an app for waste traceability, through which the National Environmental Guard (GNM) and the economic operators that handle hazardous waste can exchange information, according to the data presented on Monday at the closing conference of the one million euro implementation project.

The app development represents one of the results of the “Increasing the Capacity of the National Environmental Guard to Apply the EU Strategy and Legislation on Hazardous Waste and Chemicals” project, whose financing amounts to 4.728 million RON (1.053 Million Euro) through The European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEA) 2009 – 2014, as part of the RO04 Programme – Hazardous Substances Reduction, No.1 Project Proposal Request “Support Tools for Decision Making”.

The programme operator is the Ministry of Environment, the promoter of the project, the National Environmental Guard, and as partner, the Norwegian company Computas AS.

The overall objective of the project was to increase the capacity of the Environmental Guard to monitor hazardous waste in the environment by developing and using an IT app to track them. The purpose of the IT application was to exchange information on the waste traceability, between the GNM and other environmental protection institutions.

The target group of the project involved 90 inspectors from the Environmental Guard and representatives of the connectors who, through the competencies development in the use of software applications developed by the project, will disseminate the necessary information for their use and the results of the project to the other employees of the public institutions.

Within the framework of the project, a number of 90 Guard inspectors were trained, and a Guidance on Exposure Scenarios for the Environment and Human Health, respectively a Guidance on the Use of the IT Apps for GNM Employees and Operators Managing Dangerous Substances and Waste were drawn up.

In addition, a dedicated website was created within the project and the exchange of information between the Environmental Guard and the partner institutions was finalized. Last but not least, a database of the environmental indicators and a methodology for estimating the risk associated with hazardous substances for the health and the environment was made.

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