Final report

The Blue Lakes project started on the 1st of October 2019 and concluded at the end of September 2023 (officially the 26th of September on occasion of the project’s Final Conference). The partnership includes five Italian and two German partners. The project foresaw the implementations of three preparatory actions (A.1, A.2 and A.3) which were both concluded within the second year of the project without particular problems and seven core actions (actions B.1 – B.7), two actions devoted at the monitoring of the project impact (actions C.1 and C.2) and three communication actions (actions D.1, D.2 and D.3). Finally, the project foresaw the implementation of two actions designed to project monitoring (actions E.1 and E.2). All details about the project's actions are in this Final report.

Report Ex-ante (C1 action)

DC1.1_Project Impact Ex Ante Report This Report shows the results obtained by the survey done by ENEA, Legambiente and Arpa Umbria. The goal was to define the state of the art on microplastic monitoring (MP) activities carried out by the Regional and Provincial Agencies for Environmental Protection (ARPA/APPA) of the Italian Regions and Autonomous Provinces as part of action C.1 Monitoring of project impact. The main objective of this survey was to determine whether or not regional ARPAs/APPAs disposed of methodologies for the collection and analysis of MPs in aquatic ecosystems. Particular attention was paid to the identification of any experience in the monitoring of MPs inland, in rivers and in lake waters.