|To agenda the issue of pollution by pharmaceuticals and multi-resistant bacteria in The Netherlands Huize Aarde has been involving different actors of the water and medicine chain, as well as students from a number of universities. See below for a summary of the initiatives taken and the results achieved.
Main conclusion: after detection of the complexibility of the issue, the different sectors involved will discover that each sector is not in the position to solve the problem by itself.
Recommendations: as a fragmented approach is a major bottleneck to solve social dilemmas such as micro-pollution, a shared vision and more integration of policies is needed.
|The MEDUWA-innovations include:
- a watershed information system to simulate the effect of measures on water quality;
- a tool that express the level of contamination per treatment, animal, kilo of meat or liter of milk;
- herbal and algal alternatives for antibiotics;
- treatment technologies for point sources;
- animal monitoring to avoid medication;
- the development of a bio-medicine for animals and humans.
|Korienke Smit, Judith Muis and Johanna Heeringa present their analysis of the roles to be played in the medicine chain (photo SHA).
|The MEDUWA team is making a model of the medicine chain (photo: SHA)