The SEMEAU Project, led by the Volvic Mineral Water Society (DANONE Waters), the SITHERE of Vals les Bains and Saint Etienne City, is funded in pursuance of the Life+ Environment programme.
|The LIFE Program|
The European Water Framework Directive (WFD), promulgated on 23rd October 2000, lays down a framework for a community policy relating to water matters.
It puts the priority on environmental protection with stress on preventing deterioration of the quality of water and even restoring this quality.It thus focuses on achieving the target of good chemical and ecological status of surface and groundwater bodies including coastal waters by 2015.
Within the scope of the implementation of the European policy related to the protection of water resources, the LIFE+ Environment financial instrument backs environmental-orientated innovative and demonstrative experiments.
|The SEMEAU Project|
The SEMEAU project meets with a current day environmental issue: "How to define, test and apply assessment programmes/measures designed to ensure protection of the quality of water resources" or, when required, restoring good ecological status.
This relates to developing a water body modelling tool on the protected pilot site of the Volvic impluvium. Once tweaked for this hydrosystem, the tool could be rolled out to other sites in order to simulate their functioning and develop or even optimise bespoke assessment programmes.
The SEMEAU project has following key objectives:
The SEMEAU project will include several types of demonstrative actions: