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Expand/collapse block Welcome to the Horizon 2020 eLearning platform!


You will find here distance learning modules dedicated to the focal areas of the Horizon 2020 Initiative:

1.  Municipal solid waste (appr. 6 hours)

2.  Industrial emissions  (appr. 6 hours)

3.  Urban wastewater (approx. 10 hours)

4. Constructed Wetlands (approx. 6 hours)

These user-friendly, highly interactive and self-paced distance learning modules have been designed specifically for the busy practitioner, administrator, professional, student and NGO staff member working for a cleaner Mediterranean. Join the family of persons striving for a significantly cleaner Mediterranean Sea by the year 2020 and participate in the Horizon 2020 learning experience for free!

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Not only will you learn many new things, but once you’ve successfully completed your course, you will be awarded a Horizon 2020 certificate of participation.

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Expand/collapse block Integrated Sustainable Waste and Resource Management (ISWRM)

ISWRM is a concept that aims to clarify key issues such as waste, products and resources. It identifies measures that must be taken in regard to waste prevention, prepare for reuse and recycling. It also focuses on reducing the environmental impacts of waste generation and waste management, thereby strengthening the economic value of waste while considering at all times social aspects. ISWRM introduces an approach that takes into account the whole life-cycle of products and materials, and not only the waste phase.


About the module

This training module focuses on the Integrated Sustainable Waste & Resource Management (ISWRM) Methodology, as a way of understanding and improving municipal solid waste management systems.

Participants attending this course will

·  Understand the overall status of ISWRM practices

·  Acknowledge the resource-product-waste chain and concept of life cycle thinking

·  Understand the current limitations, challenges and prospects for improved ISWRM

·  Assess the key issues (legislative & institutional, operational, policy, stakeholders, waste hierarchy) and success factors for improved ISWRM

·  Assess the environmental, social and economic benefits of improved ISWRM

·  Explain the reasoning behind the choices made for prioritizing concrete projects according to the waste hierarchy within an existing ISWRM strategy


Target audience

The module is targeted to professionals involved in the field of municipal solid waste and resource management, i.e. national and local government officials, staff of non-governmental organizations, consultants, university staff, and others. 



1.  Introduction to the Concept

2.  First dimension: Life Cycle Thinking

3.  Second dimension: Waste hierarchy

4.  Third dimension: Stakeholders

5.  Fourth dimension: Operational aspects

6.  Fifth dimension: Policy aspects

7.  Waste management planning


The course is self-paced. Total time needed for the course: app. 6 hours. Self-evaluation included. There is an option for a certificate.

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Expand/collapse block The Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR)

Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) is an environmental database or inventory of potentially hazardous chemical substances and pollutants released to air, water and soil or transferred off-site for treatment or disposal. PRTRs normally cover point sources, but can also include estimates of releases from diffuse sources, such as agriculture and transport. PRTRs are compiled and maintained by environmental authorities with the support of industrial operators, and they are either national or regional in nature.


About the module

This Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) eLearning module covers the concept of PRTR and the kind of data to be stored in the data base, their generation and utilization. The module describes different implementations of PRTR throughout the world, and describes the software developed by MedPOL (the Marine Pollution Assessment and Control Component of the Mediterranean Action Plan) for the development of PRTR in the Mediterranean region.

Participants attending this course will learn:

·  The core elements and structure of PRTR

·  How to provide data to PRTR

·  The benefits and potential uses of the data

·  The Mediterranean PRTR implementation

·  How to use the PRTR Web application for data input

·  How to download data from the PRTR Web application


Target audience

The module is targeted to professionals working in process engineering companies and in environmental protection agencies. The module is also suitable for University students in environmental and related fields.


1.  Introduction to PRTR

2.  PRTR in the world

3.  The UNEP MEDPOL PRTR system

4.  Setup of PRTR: data and procedures

5.  Data estimation via emission factors

6.  Process simulation and material balance

7.  PRTR data utilization: environmental simulation

8.  MEDPOL Reporting system on paper

9.  MEDPOL Reporting system on web

The course is self-paced. Total time of the lessons: app 6 hours. Tests and quizzes are included. There is an option for a certificate.

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This training module is about Waste Water Management.


The module focuses on the following 10 lessons:

  1. Introduction & Basic Concepts of Waste Water Management
  2. Policies, Institutions & Regulatory Frameworks
  3. Chemical Processes critical for Waste Water Management
  4. Centralised Waste Water Treatment Technologies & Systems
  5. Decentralised Waste Water Treatment Technologies & Systems
  6. Recovery of nutrients from Waste Water
  7. Sludge Treatment and Uses
  8. Non-Conventional Water Resources Management
  9. Water Security
  10. Floods in Urban Systems


  1. Introduction of the concepts of Water Scarcity, Water Security and Water Management
  2. Enhancing the understanding of current water needs, inefficacies & problems of Water Management, particularly in the urban environment
  3. Enhancing the in-depth understanding of key bio-chemical processes and technologies involved in Waste Water Treatment
  4. Presentation of current, more traditional systems and innovative technologies & management practices (sewage treatment plants, rainwater harvesting, desalination etc.) involved in the new paradigm of Waste Water Treatment
  5. Facilitating insight with successful examples of Waste Water Management practices leading to reuse of treated waste water, recovery of nutrients & energy and addressing urban floods

Expected learning outcomes:

At the end of this module, trainees are expected to have acquired:

  1. Better understanding of the interconnectiveness and complexities between scarcity of water/energy/nutrients, water security and climate change and the opportunities offered by a new paradigm of Waste Water Management
  2. Better understanding of urban water management schemes, including Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems and flood control
  3. In-depth comprehension of basic biological & chemical processes involved in Waste Water Treatment
  4. Learning about the current Waste Water Treatment methods and the emerging new technologies in the field, enhancing water & nutrient recovery & reuse
  5. Appraisal of the environmental, social and economic benefits of advanced Waste Water Management

Teaching hours:

Per lesson: +/- 60 minutes

Self-evaluation test per lesson: +/- 5 minutes

Total module: +/- 10 hours

Target audience:

Trainers or practitioners: water practitioners, local and regional government agencies, academics & students of relevant disciplines, NGOs, consultants and other stakeholders involved in the field of Waste Water Management.


Prof. Michael Scoullos

Main contributions:

Apart from the input of the Coordinator, presentations of the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building (CB/MEP) workshops from the Experts listed below were used:

  • Damir Brdjanovic, Mariska Ronteltap, Peter van der Steen, Zoran Vojinovic;  UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
  • Moustafa Samir Moussa; Delft Environment
  • Koussai Quteishat; Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA)
  • Rienke Teerink; Delfluent Services
  • Martijn van Leusden; Royal Haskoning DHV

Additional input:

  • Joseph Scoullos (MIO-ECSDE)
  • Bibliographical resources mentioned in the slides

Expand/collapse block Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment

Target audience:

Mid‐career wastewater managers and decision‐makers from water authorities, water and sewerage associations, industrial plants and other competent bodies; University staff in fields related to waste water treatment


Learning objective:

Constructed wetlands are an interesting technology for wastewater treatment because of their relatively low cost, robustness and their capacity to remove organic material, nutrients, and pathogens as well as trace metals. The main objective of the course is to familiarize the participants with the concept of treating wastewater by means of constructed wetlands. The course consists of three main parts: (1) Basic principles, (2) Design and (3) Operation.
Teaching hours:

~20 minutes/lesson: 10 lessons; Self-evaluation test per lesson: ~5-10 minutes, module duration: 5 hours

  1. Introduction
  2. Basic principles of wastewater treatment part one
  3. Basic principles of wastewater treatment part two
  4. Types of constructed wetlands part one
  5. Types of constructed wetlands part two
  6. Design
  7. Operation and maintenance
  8. Economics and reuse
  9. Constructed wetlands for various types of wastewater
  10. Case study: constructed wetland at a conference centre in Vught.

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