The objectives of the project include the development of an integrated tool combining the following actions:
- A.1 Authorities and stakeholders consultation
Prepare the technical part of the project by consulting local and national authorities for the mitigation measures already being used and the application of future measures
- B.1 Documentation of the current status
Conduct an extensive review of the current status of the methods used for source apportionment. The aim is to identify needs for harmonization, existing gaps and limitations in relation to policy purposes.
- B.2 Harmonization of source apportionment and priorization of pollution sources
Optimize and harmonize source apportionment methods in order to accurately resolve emission sources in the complex terrain of Southern Europe. Identification of the sources responsible for the exceedances of EU limit values.
- B.3 Determination of the impact of natural sources (African dust, marine aerosol)
Determine the contribution of the natural sources, African dust and marine aerosol as being national priority of Greece.
- B.4 Determination of the impact of biomass burning
Determine the contribution of biomass combustion sources in the distinct scenario of Southern Europe.
- B.5 Determination of the impact of industrial sources
Determine the contribution of industrial activities in PM10, PM2.5 levels
- B.6 Determination of the impact of traffic related sources
Determine the contribution of traffic related sources such as vehicles emissions and resuspended dust.
- B.7 Testing and development of air pollution mitigation strategies
Test methodologies and practices, which reduce air pollution and exposure of the population.
- B.8 Applicability of selected measures from Northern to Southern Europe
Compare mitigation measures used in Southern Europe with those of Northern Europe and adopt those measures that considered appropriate to ensure better air quality in urban areas.
- C.1 Effectiveness of the project actions
Measure the effectiveness of the project implementation actions as compared to the initial situation and the objectives and expected results. For the sound monitoring of the project’s activities specific indicators will be set by the management team that will be used for the monitoring of the project’s activities.
- C.2 Assessment of the socio-economic impact of the project
Assess the economic cost of the proposed mitigation measures and also the benefits (health benefits, raised profile of the region, economic growth of the population) due to the improved air quality.
- D1 Project website
A project website will be designed as a tool to raise the profile of the proposed LIFE+ project and improve the dissemination of its activities to a wide range of stakeholders.
- D.2 LIFE+ Information boards
The beneficiaries shall maintain notice boards describing the project at the locations where it is implemented, at strategic places accessible and visible to the public. The LIFE logo shall appear on them at all times.
- D.3 Networking-Open forum with key stake holders
Create an open forum with key stake holders from industry, local and national authority policy makers where the complex output of the project will be translated into information which is targeted to policy makers.
- D.4 Dissemination of project results
Publicise the outcomes of the project through the project’s website, newsletters, media (radio and television) and press releases, publications in workshops and conferences, production of technical guides, brochures and technical articles in scientific journals. All publications will clearly reference LIFE financial support and include the LIFE logo. Engage European Institutions to inform policy making at the highest levels. Organise seminars to local schools and to the general public in order to aware the citizens and convince them to adapt to the mitigation measures.
- D.5 Production of Layman’s Report
Towards the end of the project, a Layman’s Report will be produced targeted at the general public and political decision-makers, outlining the main results of the project.
- E.1 Project Management and Audit
Establish a management team composed of representatives of all partners and ensure availability of adequate resources on their behalf for the submission of correct financial (audit) and administrative data (reports). The project manager will have the general responsibility for the organization, planning and control of the project. The project manager will be responsible for the operation of the Open-forum with the policy makers, group of scientists, and representatives of the national authorities.
- E.2 Monitoring of the project progress
The management team will define the indicators to be used to measure the progress of the project.
- E.3 Networking with other projects
The proposed project will provide a platform for networking of other LIFE projects that focus on the improvement of air quality (ACEPT-AIR, CMA, Med-P, PM3).
- E.4 After-LIFE+ Communication Plan
An “After-LIFE Communication Plan” will include a road map of the long term application for the proposed mitigation measures and establish long term links between the stakeholders.