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HOMBRE project links with international "gentle remediation" projects

Today the HOMBRE project linked with several international projects investigating gentle approaches to land remediation.  These techniques can be applied to brownfield regeneration for soft end uses and include phytoremediation techniques and the use of in situ stabilisation amendments, such as modified charcoals.

The Greenland project is funded by FP7.  It focuses on approaches to remediate trace element contaminated soils at low cost and without significant negative effects for the environment.  Greenland will solve the remaining problems and bring gentle remediation options (phytoremediation, in situ stabilisation) into practical application.

Rejuvenate 2 is a case study based project that applies the Rejuvenate decision support framework for designing biomass on maginal land projects to problems in Sweden and Romania and tests its regulatory / legal applicability in the EU.

Biofiltree is a French-Canadian project applying phyto-remediation to trace element contaminated sites at field scale.

The three projects have agreed to exchange information in several ways.  For example, HOMBRE will share its developing sustainability appraisal based decsion support with the other projects and consider the Rejuvenate framework in its own decision-making systems.  Greenland will share its work on stakeholder enegagement and its case study information.  Rejuvenate will share its framework and case study outputs.   Biofiltree will share its site based findings.  The projects will work together to find shared dissemination platforms, in the first instance a joint workshop at Sustainable Remediation 2012.  The aim of this collaboration is to develop consistency in approach and guidance offered as outputs to project end-users.