Project duration: 2011-2019
Project code: OI 173045
Project coordinator: The Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade
Participants from Singidunum University: Slađana Spasić
Monitoring of the growing human impact on environment represents one of the research priorities in Europe. Recent studies show that less than 10% of all wastewater in Serbia is treated before being released into water bodies, which represents an actual threat for the quality of open waters in Serbia. Besides the influence of industrial and communal wastewater, open waters are also under the impact of runoff from arable land. Although it is not yet a member of EU, Serbia took measures which will contribute to fulfillment of basic goals of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), to which it is obliged as a signatory of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), since this commission took responsibility for the implementation of WFD. As stated in the WFD, all qualitative parameters of aquatic ecosystem health, including biological parameters, should reach the satisfactory level by year 2015. In line with the WFD, fishes represent one of the most important elements of aquatic ecosystem biological quality, and should be used for the assessment of ecological status of rivers and other water bodies, where species composition, abundance, and age structure represent the minimal quantity of data that should be used in ecological status assessment. Furthermore, the condition factor and the data on fish population restoration and parasites are recommended by the WFD as supplementary parameters that should be analyzed.