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Sustainable Chemistry and Biotechnology – A Contribution to Rivers Management

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Walter Leal Filho, Dieter Greif and Bernd Delakowitz

The sustainable use of river basins is one of the top environment priorities in Europe. There are many initiatives aimed at the promotion of the sustainable development of river areas around the Baltic and around Europe as a whole, a process greatly accelerated by the introduction of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), which obliges all EU countries to improve the standards in which they use their water and river resources. This book, prepared in the context of the Interreg IIIB Project Watersketch, is an attempt to promote a dialogue on the topic, linking aspects of sustainable biochemistry and biotechnology with elements of sustainable river management. It will serve the needs of water and river management specialists in two ways: it presents various scientific and technological approaches to river management and illustrates the epistemological breadth of the discipline, and also builds on specialised topical biotechnological and chemistry-related knowledge. The latter is especially useful to geographers and planners alike, who could perhaps adapt some of the techniques and components illustrated in the various chapters of this book to their own work.
Contents: Bernd Delakowitz: REACH - The Thorney Road to a Coherent European Chemicals Policy based on the Principles of Precaution and Sustainability – Günther Meinrath: Metrology for a Sustainable Development – Markus Will: Biotechnology and Chemistry towards Sustainable Development? Assessment with Life Cycle Tools – Antje Siol/Doris Sövegjarto-Wigbers: Thinking in Terms of Structure-Activity-Relationship - a Chance for more Sustainability in Chemistry – Annett Fuchs/Dieter Greif: Regenerating Raw Materials: Synthesis Potential for the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry – Dieter Greif/Annett Fuchs: Investigations of Chemical Reactions with Long Reaction Times using a Microwave oven for Organic Syntheses – Hennie van de Coevering: Phosphate Recovery in the Context of Water Treatment Plants and the Phosphate Industry – Walter Leal Filho: Watersketch: Trends in Sustainable River Monitoring in the Baltic: Some Scenarios for Sustainable River Management – Martin Hofrichter/René Ullrich/Kari Steffen: Application of Fungi and Their Versatile Biocatalysts in Sustainable Technologies – Roland Schubert/Gerhard Müller-Starck: Bioindication via Monitoring Genetic Variation in Tree Populations: Tools Applicable under Stressful Environments – Adam Pawełczyk/Barbara Kołwzan/Kazimierz Grabas: Bioremediation of Grounds Polluted with Petroleum Products – Dobiesław Nazimek/Jerzy Niećko, Agnieszka Marcewicz-Kuba: Catalytic Method for SO2 and NOx removal.