On 14th and 15th March the first Partner Meeting of MORPHEUS took place in Gdansk, Poland.
The project aims at reducing the emissions of pharmaceutical substances to the South Baltic Sea. The background to MORPHEUS (Model Areas for Removal of Pharmaceutical Substances in the South Baltic) is the constant release of pharmaceuticals and other micropollutants via wastewater treatment plants to the South Baltic Sea. The project will combine information on upstream pharmaceuticals consumption patterns with estimates of the downstream discharge of pharmaceuticals from a few selected wastewater treatment plants located in the coastal regions Skåne (Sweden), Mecklenburg (Germany), Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Pomerania (Poland). Additionally an inventory of the status of existing treatment technologies will be made available. This information will aid wastewater treatment plants and authorities in a future implementation of the most suitable advanced treatment technology, thereby improving the water quality of the South Baltic Sea.
MORPHEUS runs from 1-2017 to 12-2019 and is co-financed by the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 | European Regional Development Fund. The project is as part of the BSR pharmaceuticals platform a flagship project of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region.