Common Forum Newsletter nr. 61 - August 31st, 2017
by Dr D. Darmendrail
& Dr. D. Müller-Grabherr


Next CF, ICCL and NICOLE meetings in Copenhagen, DK

CF meeting in Vienna, AT

CF members turnover

What's new on CF website?

News from EC

News from FAO-GSP

News from NICOLE

Relasc network


Research projects

News from Quebec, CA

Eugris corner

Documents of interest

Forthcoming events

Dear Colleagues,

It’s time for transition… Since a couple of months, we are working on the transfer of archives, contact lists, and discussing the current procedures, in order to ensure continuity between the two secretariats.

Challenging times as this takes place while preparing the organization of the ICCL 2017 events to be held in Copenhagen beginning of October.

Nevertheless, in a very nice spirit, we are moving forward
to meeting you in Copenhagen.

And for others, if it's not feasible for you to join, who knows? Our paths could cross again in the future - water is always an important component of Soils and Land. :-)


Dietmar and Dominique




COMON FORUM Network meeting

will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark,
the 3rd of October 2017 (Morning)

ICCL 2017 meeting
3-4 October 2017 in Danish regions premices, Copenhagen, Denmark

The different proposed key topics for the 2017 meeting are:

  1. Contaminated Site Remediation / Legal, Technical, Finance and social issues
  2. Water resources pollution Management
  3. Emerging contaminants

The survey for the 13th meeting will focus on Groundwater pollution management. The survey questions are intended to provide insight into the technical, legal, and financial aspects of the groundwater pollution management in your country. 

NICOLE and ICCL back-to-back Joint Conference
5-6 October 2017 in National Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
1st Announcement NICOLE & ICCL joint workshop 2017 Copenhagen
Preliminary program & Logistical information

Announcement Joint ICCL-NICOLE meeting

On 5-6 October 2017, NICOLE and ICCL will jointly host their conferences in Copenhagen, Denmark. The subject is :

"Groundwater Management on Contaminated Sites”

Focusing on topics such as:

  • Groundwater Management on Large Scale & Multisource Sites
  • Regulatory Framework - Approaches to groundwater management – cleanup to drinking water quality or risk-management approaches based on current aquifer use?
  • Innovations in Investigation, Remediation and Source Removal Technologies
  • Valuation of Groundwater Resources and the Return of Investment in Their Restoration

Please see the preliminary program and logistical information.

ICCL and CF delegates can register for this event via the ICCL meeting registration:

During the workshop, we will also present the NICOLE Innovation Award to the most innovative remediation, monitoring and control technology. 




Thank you to the COMMON FORUM members and special guests for their participation and for the fruitful discussion during the
meeting in Vienna, Austria
on April 12th and 13th, 2017

The meeting report is now available.



Recent changes of national representations within the COMMON FORUM:

From Countries:

  • Sweden - March 2017:
    - Björn Johansson to replace Jeanette Haggrot
    Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Italy - April 2017:
    - Marco Falconi to replace Francesca Quercia
    Instituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale
  • Ireland - April 2017:
    -  Jean Clarke to replace Brendan ONeill
    Environment, Heritage and Local Government
  • Spain - Catalonia - April 2017:
    - Welcome to new CF members,
    Joan Bartoll Navas and Eduard Màrquez i Bargalló
    Waste Agency of Catalonia - Department of Territory and Sustainability



COMMON FORUM Questionnaires
Acid Tar Recovery

The COMMON FORUM website section about Questionnaires has been implemented with answers to a Slovakia questionnaire about Acid Tar Recovery.

This document is a compilation of 11 countries answers to the following questions:

  • Are acid tar lagoons present in your country? What is the name of the locality contaminated by acid tar in your country?
  • Are they still present, remediated or recovered?
  • Can you provide details of professional societies which can provide information on processing and recovery of acid tar in your country.



European Soil Partnership (ESP) Facebook page

The aim of the ESP is to bring together the various scattered networks and soil related activities across Europe into a common framework, open to all institutions and stakeholders willing to actively contribute to sustainable soil management in Europe.

The page serves to inform about the ESP activities, about the activities of national soil organizations, and raise public awareness about soil related problems. If interested, please like and share our page from your Facebook page. Also if you know of any interesting soil related events, want to share the results of your work or inform about on-going  research in the soil domain, do not hesitate to contact Klara Janouskova ( who will be happy to help you with sharing your information on the ESP Facebook, promoting your activities.

Source: European Soil Data Centre / ESP Secretariat

European Soil Partnership (ESP) updates

On 31 October 2013, the ESP was launched during the second Global Soil Week. The ESP-Secretariat was temporarily hosted by the European Commission – Joint Research Centre. The 1st Plenary Meeting of the ESP was organized by the European Commission at its Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy on 21-23 May 2014. This meeting allowed for a first review of needs and ideas for future activities. The 2nd Plenary Meeting was held on 17-18 March 2015 and allowed for an in-depth discussion on how the ESP should be organized, and about its main priorities for action. The 3rd plenary was held on 8-9 March 2016 and pro­posed the ESP terms of reference plus the steering committee. The 4th plenary held on 10-12 May at FAO, Rome mainly discussed and agreed on the ESP implementation plan for the period 2017-2020 and also focused on the European contribution to the Global Soil Carbon map, Capacity developments and other.

ESDAC Newsletter No 101 (May 2017)



Global Soil Partnership Newsletter
July 2017, Issue #12

Newsletter_headerThe GSP Secretariat intends to produce and disseminate a newsletter at regular intervals, to inform partners and other interested audiences about progress in the implementation of approved activities.

All GSP partners and those who are not yet part of the GSP are invited to join in this drive to promote healthy soils for a food secure world and a healthy planet. This newsletter should be a contribution, albeit modest, to give justice to the efforts done under the auspices of the GSP.

In this edition, GSP brings you up to speed with the exciting and impressive results of the fifth Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly, which took place at FAO headquarters in Rome on 20–22 June, and with other important developments.

Nominations for the 2017 Glinka World Soil Prize now open!

©FAO/Ronald VargasThe nomination process for the Glinka World Soil Prize 2017 has been launched!
The Prize honours outstanding innovations and contributions made by individuals, institutions or organizations to safeguard soil resources for future generations. Supported by the Russian Federation, the Prize is awarded annually under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership and consists of the Glinka Medal and an award of USD 15,000.

Organizations and individuals are invited to nominate appropriate candidates and to submit nomination forms by 30 September 2017 to GSP-Secretariat.

More information via Glinka World Soil Prize 2017.



NICOLE's new name now official

NICOLE celebrated its 20 year anniversary in 2016 as ‘Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe’. As the name refers, NICOLE focused mainly on dealing with industrially contaminated sites. The anniversary provided a chance to reflect on the achievements in the past years and to focus on the future course in the coming years.

Nowadays, there is a considerable amount of societal attention on environmental issues and sustainability. The general public expects companies to operate in a sustainable way. Most companies also have sustainable corporate strategies in place. NICOLE industrial members, supported by the service providers and academics, therefore decided to put contaminated land management in a broader perspective. As NICOLE, we want to show that we are truly committed to contribute to sustainable development of land. NICOLE wishes to reflect the changing focus towards sustainability by all its members with these developments and is showing this in its new name: 

Network for Industrially
Co-ordinated Sustainable Land Management in Europe
(Keeping the NICOLE acronym)

Now, a couple of months down the road after the decision, the name change has been made legally official by updating the Articles at the notary. Through this, a significant milestone in the life of NICOLE has now been achieved and we look forward to the beginning of an exciting new era.

We anticipate that NICOLE will maintain active co-operation with public sector bodies in the COMMON FORUM. The COMMON FORUM has set up a special working group to focus on the Environmental Code subjects, with a working group ‘Soil as a resource’. The focus point of this working group is utilizing and managing soil-sediment-water system services and exploring what is necessary to reach land restoration and “land degradation neutrality”, one of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

Source: NICOLE Enews issue March 2017



La ReLASC y el COMMONFORUM refuerzan su colaboración

El 12 y 13 de abril se encontraron en Viena (Austria) los miembros del COMMONFORUM, la red de los reguladores de la Unión Europea sobre sitios contaminados.

La ReLASC tuvo el honor de participar como invitado externo al encuentro, representado por el Sr. Achim Constantin, experto integrado CIM/GIZ en el Ministerio de Ambiente del Perú. Los miembros del COMMONFORUM se informaron con mucho interés sobre las actividades de la ReLASC y sobre los últimos avances en la gestión de sitios contaminados en América Latina.

El encuentro ha sido un hito importante para reforzar la colaboración entre las la ReLASC y el COMMONFORUM. Cabe destacar que está colaboración tendrá pronto una continuación a través de la participación de tres expertos del COMMONFORUM en el Seminario Internacional ReLASC-NICOLE que se desarrollará del 31 de mayo hasta el 2 de Junio en Lima/Perú.

Para la ReLASC y sus países miembros ofrece la colaboración con el COMMONFORUM valiosas oportunidades para intercambiar conocimientos y experiencias con los países Europeos, de los cuales algunos cuentan con más de 30 años en la gestión de sitios contaminados. Las experiencias positivas y los fracasos que han experimentado los países Europeas pueden servir a América Latina como “lecciones aprendidas” en la búsqueda de su propios caminos hacia una gestión sostenible de los sitios contaminados en los países de la región.




7th International Symposium and Exhibition on the Redevelopment of Manufactures Gas Plant Sites (MGP 2017)
October 16-18, 2017 - New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Logo MGP

The Symposium is an on-going educational and networking event that focuses on specific issues related to the remediation and redevelopment of manufactured gas plant sites.

Degradation and Revitalisation of Soil and Landscape
11-13. September 2017 (9. and 10. September pre-conference tours)
Olomouc, Czech Republic

Conference imageThe theme of the conference is Degradation causes and consequences, degradation monitoring and assessment, revitalisation measures.



NanoRem bulletins available to download

NanoRem (Taking Nanotechnological Remediation Processes from Lab-Scale to End-User Applications for the Restoration of a Clean Environment) was a research project, funded through the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (2013-2017). The NanoRem project focused on facilitating practical, safe, economic and exploitable nanotechnology for in situ remediation. This was undertaken in parallel with developing a comprehensive understanding of the environmental risk-benefit, market demand, overall sustainability, and stakeholder perceptions of the use of nanoparticles (NPs). 

Twelve NanoRem Bulletins (PDF) have been created to transfer the knowledge developed within NanoRem to end-users.  These are available within the NanoRem Toolbox, available at, which provides more detailed outputs from NanoRem.

Source: NICOLE Enews issue March 2017

NanoRem Toolbox

The Toolbox is the primary gateway to the NanoRem Project's (Taking Nanotechnological Remediation Processes from Lab-Scale to End-User Applications for the Restoration of a Clean Environment) results. The Toolbox focuses on the needs of decision makers, consultants and site owners. It provides the respective output of NanoRem in three levels: an entry level showing the project bulletins as high level information in a condensed and concise way; more detailed information on nanoparticles and tools described as "Nanoparticles and Tools;" other dissemination products and selected project deliverables as "Supporting Information.

Source: TechDirect May 1, 2017



Nouvelle Politique de protection des sols et de réhabilitation des terrains contaminés
175 M$ pour favoriser la densification urbaine, l’essor des technologies vertes, le développement durable des municipalités et la lutte contre les changements climatiques

Montréal, le 9 avril 2017. – Afin d’appuyer les démarches entourant la revitalisation durable du territoire et la lutte contre les changements climatiques, notamment en encourageant la réhabilitation de terrains contaminés en milieu urbain, le gouvernement du Québec dévoile sa nouvelle Politique de protection des sols et de réhabilitation des terrains contaminés et son plan d’action 2017-2021. Un montant de 175 M$, dont 120 M$ pour des travaux de réhabilitation de terrains contaminés appartenant à l’État et 55 M$ pour soutenir les initiatives du nouveau programme ClimatSol-Plus, a été prévu pour sa mise en œuvre au cours des cinq prochaines années.

21 actions permettront de concrétiser les différents volets de la Politique, qui s’articulent autour de deux enjeux, soit la protection de l’environnement et la revitalisation durable du territoire. Afin de protéger l’environnement, la Politique visera à prévenir de nouvelles contaminations et, sur les terrains déjà affectés, à limiter la propagation des contaminants. En ce qui concerne la revitalisation durable du territoire, les actions permettront d’assurer la réhabilitation des terrains, de valoriser davantage les sols excavés ou faiblement contaminés et de développer le secteur des technologies vertes. Cette politique reflète bien les préoccupations des citoyennes et des citoyens. Pour y répondre, les programmes envisagés dans le nouveau plan d’action, en toute équité, aideront financièrement deux clientèles qui n’étaient pas visées jusqu’à maintenant : les petits exploitants de stations‑service qui cessent leurs activités et les propriétaires de terrains privés contaminés par des réservoirs de mazout abandonnés.




New documents on EUGRIS, the platform for European contaminated soil and water information. Resources, events projects and news items added on EUGRIS can be viewed at: Then select the appropriate month and year for the updates in which you are interested. However, here is a selection of new additions to EUGRIS prepared by Paul Bardos (r3 Environmental Technology Ltd) for COMMON FORUM members.




Exploring future changes in land use and land condition and the impacts on food, water, climate change and biodiversity: Scenarios for the UNCCD Global Land Outlook
Policy report. The Hague, 2017. PBL publication number: 2076

CoverThe pressure on land is growing in many regions of the world, due to the increasing demand for arable crops, meat and dairy products, bio-energy and timber, and is exacerbated by land degradation and climate change.

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency launched a new report for UNCCD (convention on desertification and land degradation).

This policy report provides scenario projections for the UNCCD Global Land Outlook, exploring future changes to the use and condition of land and the resulting impacts on food, water, climate change and biodiversity.


(PBL is the Dutch national institute for strategic policy analysis in the fields of the environment, nature and spatial planning.)

Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Groundwater: Guidance on assessing petroleum hydrocarbons using existing hydrogeological risk assessment methodologies
ISBN 978-1-905046-31-7 © CL:AIRE 2017

PHG cover

This guidance has been prepared by a steering group led by Shell Global Solutions and has kindly been reviewed and supported by the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, an agency within the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

This publication also has the support of Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), The Society for Remediation Professionals in the UK (RemSoc),  Soil and Groundwater Technology Association (SAGTA) and The Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA).


Source: NICOLE Enews issue Decmber 2016

Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM)
FAO 2017. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome, Italy

CoverThe Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM) were adopted by the 4th GSP Plenary Assembly (Rome, 23 May 2016), approved by the 25th session of the FAO Committee on Ag­riculture (Rome, 28 September 2016) and finally endorsed by the 155th session of the FAO Council (Rome, 5 December 2016). The present VGSSM is the result of an inclusive and participatory process that involved multiple stakeholders - including academic, national and research institutions, interna­tional organizations, NGOs, civil society and the private sector – who contributed with scientific knowledge and experience on how soils should be sustainably managed for properly delivering eco­system services while halting degradation. These guidelines provide technical and policy recommen­dations on how sustainable soil management can be achieved. The successful implementation of these guidelines should pave the way to boosting soil health.

Source: ESDAC Newsletter No 101 (May 2017)

Planning for Response Actions at Abandoned Mines with Underground Workings: Best Practices for Preventing Sudden, Uncontrolled Fluid Mining Waste Releases
OLEM 9200. 3-118 - July 2017

CoverThe Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation and the Office of Emergency Management recommend applying these best practices, as appropriate, when carrying out EPA-lead activities under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act at hardrock mining and mineral processing sites with underground mine workings posing actual or potential fluid release hazards (July 2017, 70 pages).

Source:TechDirect August 1, 2017



Wageningen Soil Conference 2017
August 27-31, 2017 - Wageningen, The Netherlands

18th Annual Conference of International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG2017)
September 02-09, 2017 - Fremantle, Australia

eurotox 2017 - Connecting for a Safer Future
53rd Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology

September 10-13, 2017 - Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Degradation and Revitalisation of Soil and Landscape
Degradation causes and consequences, degradation monitoring and assessment, revitalisation measures
September 11-13, 2017 - Olomouc, Czech Republic

RemTechExpo - Remediation, Requalification, Protection, Recovery
September 20-22, 2017 - Ferrara, Italy

13th meeting of the International Committee on Contaminated Land (ICCL)
October 03-06, 2017 - Copenhagen, Denmark

NICOLE and ICCL back-to-back meeting
October 04-07, 2017 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Atmos'fair - Outdoor and indoor air pollution
Sources, Impacts, Diagnostics & Solutions
October 10-11, 2017 - Lyon, France

2nd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference
October 15-19, 2017 - Nanjing, China

7th International Symposium and Exhibition on the Redevelopment of Manufactures Gas Plant Sites (MGP 2017)
October 16-18, 2017 - New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

CSME-2017 – Contaminated Site Management in Europe: Green and Sustainable Remediation
October 16-19, 2017 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

33rd Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy
October 16-19, 2017 - Amherst, Massachusetts, United-States of America

Intersoil'2017 - International Conference on Soils, Sediments and Water
Sols, Terres & Sédiments : même combat ?

November 23, 2017 - Brussels, Belgium

Fourth Symposium on Enhanced Landfill Mining
February 05-06, 2018 - Mechelen, Belgium

Emerging Contaminants Summit
March 6 - 7, 2018 - Westminster, Colorado, USA

Intersol’2018 - Congrès-Exposition International sur les Sols, les Sédiments et l’Eau
Les Sites et Sols Pollués : un Défi pour les Grands Projets Urbains !

March 27-29, 2018 - Paris, France

7th European Bioremediation Conference (EBC-VII)
11th International Society for Environmental Biotechnology conference (ISEB 2018
June 25-28, 2018 - Chania, Crete-Greece

Dioxin 2018 - 38th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants
10th International PCB Workshop

August 26-31, 2018 - Kraków, Poland

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