Risk Management of Emerging Compounds and Pathogens in the Water Cycle (RiSKWa)
Water as livelihood is increasingly exposed to pollutants and pathogens as well as climatic and demographic changes. As a result risks for water quality have to be identified, revaluated and they have to be integrated in management concepts.
RiSKWa is based on the BMBF framework programme "Research for Sustainable Development" (FONA). This contains the field of action "Sustainable Economy and Resources" aiming to fund new initiatives on research and innovation related to "Sustainable water management".
Within the funding initiative RiSKWa, innovative technologies and concepts related to the risk management of emerging compounds and pathogens for preventive environmental and health protection will be developed based on a holistic approach taking into account health, ecological, economic and social issues. A special focus is placed on the implementation of these concepts to allow a direct contribution to the sustainable development of national and, if applicable, international regions (for example catchment areas).
Selected research projects related to "risk characterisation and management", "technologies for emission and immission management" and "measures for communication and education" are funded. The focus of "Risk characterisation and management" is on the collection of reliable data on occurrence, impact, dynamics and existing elimination technologies of emerging compounds and pathogens. Based on this data, potential risks will be assessed and prioritised. Either a minimisation with existing methods is possible or new concepts have to be developed for that purpose. Within the framework of „technologies for emission and immission management" innovative and efficient technologies for emission and immission management are developed, which take into account potential socio-economic barriers and factors of success in the innovation process. All relevant emission and migration pathways have to be considered. By using „communication and education measures" the transfer of knowledge into practice (for example in the area of water supply and distribution), as well as awareness and communication of risks for society should be generated and strengthened.