Contaminated Land Rehabilitation

Activities and Environmental Technologies


The Concerted Action CLARINET, strictly speaking the Contaminated Land Rehabilitation Network for Environmental Technologies, was a climate program sponsored by the European Commission Environment Directorate-General. The coordination of the project, which started 1.7.1998 and terminated on 30.6.2001, was assumed by the Federal Environmental Agency. CLARINET brought together both problem holders and solution providers in order to solve the various problems of contaminated land in whole Europe.

Combined knowledge of more than twenty countries was a very highly questioned property. The knowledge involved expertise, skills, abilities and competences  from a variety of stakeholders such as researchers, scientists, policy experts, industrial land owners, technology developers as well as RTD Programme Planners.

Considering the background and intention of CLARINET it has to be stressed that the overall objective consisted in the identification of the means, by which both the management and the organization of contaminated land can be determined effectively …

  • … to assure the safe, correct and proper (re-)use of these contaminated lands
  • … to relieve water pollution and the risk involved
  • … to maintain and ensure the functionality and proper condition of both soil and water ecosystems.

In order to realize these important objectives, the Contaminated Land Rehabilitation Network analyzed and examined a variety of current approaches on environmental, socio-economic as well as scientific topics which are related to the general contaminated land management within countries in whole Europe. Strictly speaking CLARINET was able to identify essential and highly important priority research needs in European countries. Consequently the network stimulated and advanced research and development activities on a European as well as a general national level. One of the most important main objectives for so-called CLARINET activities was the well-directed stimulation of well-focused research and development activities in order to advance and ameliorate already existing environmental technologies for solving socio-economical and scientific problems caused by contaminated lands within a number of European countries.