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The project will contribute to the increase of competitiveness both at private and public level. By the EIA tools will allow the development of better founded private company impact assessements, and by the SEA tools will allow a rational approach of the management of mining areas and the integrating catchements with respect to the change of the land cover structure and the internalization of positive or negative externalities resulted by the export of metals downstream.

By providing tools for predicting the effect at distance of the management of mining areas the project has and impact on:

The project will underline the value of the species and habitat diversity located outside protected areas, putting the bases for an integrative approach of the biodiversity management. The Biodiversity Directorate will have tools for promoting species conservation measures in the sectoral policies of other Directorates and Ministries.

Having models for estimating the effects of mining areas management plans on the downstream river and floodplain quality is crucial both for the management of the source systems, and of the target (buffering systems). Often the contamination of distant hot-spots cannot be allocated to one polluting source, and the management costs of these secondarily polluted sites are in the responsibility of the owners or of the public administrations. With our tools developed in the frame of multi-scale concept of EIA there is a possibility to identify the potential contamination source, to discriminate between the influence of different sources, and by isotopic-ratio method to eventually prove it in the case of Pb, which can make operational the application of the „polluter pay” principle. On the other hand, if a remediation project or appropriate management scheme in a mining area has positive effects downstream, then it means that not only the benefits at/around the project should be considered in the cost benefit analyeses supporting the remediation decision, but also the distant benefits. ASPABIR Objective 3 tools can be used for providing arguments for a coherent management of complex arias like Roșia Montana and Abrud catchment, for the sustainable development of the associated socio-ecological systems. It will provide the Romanian Academy with quantitative tools for assessing the impact of large mining projects, although ASPABIR will have to be complemented with tools for assessing the impact on the SPUs of other groups of organisms.

While the tools are designed specifically for two Romanian mining and smelting areas and their integrating catchments, they can be applicable for similar geochemical, mineralogical, geomorphological and climatic in Central and Eastern Europe.

Stakeholders will gain an enhanced understanding of the critical linkages between biodiversity and human well-being. Public authorities, planners, consultants and practitioners will have operational tools for integrating the ES approach into their assessment processes, and the Ministry of Environment the bases for improving the regulations in this respect for key services relevant for catchment management.