Workshop: Contaminated soil management in Greece: learning from EU and international experience

DATE: September 3, 2021



Attendance to the workshop is free.


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General Manager, ENYDRON, Greece

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Professor of Geoenvironmental Pollution at the School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece


Soil is, together with air and water, one of the pillars of a coherent environmental policy aiming at maintaining a healthy environment on this planet. Soil contamination, along with erosion, overexploitation, urbanization, etc., threatens our geoenvironment in terms of adversely impacting biodiversity, climate change and the overall quality of life. Contaminated soil management is an old problem dating back to Industrial Revolution. The high cost required along with the complexity of the geoenvironment and the significant political implications render contaminated soil management a real challenge for regulators, industry, service providers and society altogether. Unlike Greece, most EU countries have developed contaminated soil management frameworks, while USA and Australia are definitely among the pioneers on this subject. As a result, there is plenty of available experience to be used by Greece as lessons learned from other countries. It is very important to make clear, however, that all these countries have developed different contaminated soil management frameworks mainly due to different environmental baselines and different development priorities. Therefore, although Greece has a great opportunity to set up a modern and efficient contaminated soil management framework based on other counties’ experience this should be not just a replicate, but a carefully designed procedure taking into account the country’s specific environmental and socio-political conditions. The need for a robust contaminated soil management becomes even more significant for Greece due to the new EU soil strategy.

This workshop aims at helping Greece to develop a sustainable and practical new contaminated soil management framework, while also highlighting the global challenges lying ahead. To this end, experienced international experts from different geographical areas (EU, USA, Australia) and from different points of view have been invited to present key topics, different approaches adopted, and lessons learned by different countries and agencies for this crucial environmental issue.


The Workshop is organized by ENYDRON (, the National Technical University of Athens ( and the NICOLE Network for Industrially Coordinated Sustainable Land Management in Europe (




Mr. Johan Ceenaeme

Senior Soil Expert and Policy Coordinator in The Soil Management Department of OVAM, the Public Waste Agency of Flanders, Belgium

Lessons learned after 25 years of soil remediation policy in Flanders, Belgium

Mr. Marco Falconi

Contaminated Site Management Expert, Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Italy

Italian experience in managing contaminated sites: challenges and solutions

Mr. Wouter Gevaerts

Director Environmental Restoration EMU Region, Arcadis, Belgium

Contaminated land in Europe, why we would need a consultant?

Dr. Ing. Henri Halen

Senior Consultant, Strategic, Technical and Legal Aspects of Contaminated Site Management, Brownfield Academy, Belgium

The (CLARINET) “Risk based Land Management” principles and their practical usefulness for making progress in brownfields redevelopment: an analysis in the context of the Walloon region, Belgium

Mr. Sami Kaabouch

Soil and Subsoil Policy Officer in the General Directorate for Risks Prevention, Ministry for the Ecological Transition, France

30 years of national policy: the french approach to contaminated sites management

Dr. Paul Nathanail

Technical Director Contamination Assessment and Remediation of GHD, UK

Unifying the concepts of sustainable, conventional and green remediation

Dr Rick Parkman

Director, Industrials Sector
Environment & Ground Engineering EMEA

Overview of the UK regulatory framework for managing contaminated land

Dr. Frank Swartjes

Project Manager and Expert on Contaminated Soil and Groundwater at National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands

Risk assessment regarding soil pollution: all set?

Mrs. Margot de Cleen

Senior Advisor of Soil and Water Policy at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands

Soil Policy in the Netherlands. Collaboration is the key to impact

Mr. Johan De Fraye

Global Head of Environment, Health, Safety and Remediation, Signify, The Netherlands

25 years of the NICOLE network – what have we learned?

Mr. Horst Herzog

Head of Soil and Groundwater Protection, Infraserv Höchst, Germany

Management of contaminated soil on industrial megasites in Germany

Mr. Dietmar Müller-Grabherr

General Secretary to Common Forum on Contaminated Land in Europe and International Committee on Contaminated Land, Environment Agency, Austria

Contaminated Land Management towards 2030 – ambitions for change under the EU Green Deal

Prof. Ravi Naidu

CEO and Managing Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), Australia

Cleaning up a diverse land – the Australian contaminated site conundrum

Mr. Carlos Pachon

Senior Environmental Protection Specialist, USEPA Superfund Program, USEPA, USA

Current Technologies and Practices in Contaminated Site Management: A US EPA Superfund Program Perspective

Mr. Bavo Peeters

Policy Οfficer, Soil Τeam of the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission

EU policy on soil contamination

Mr. Theodoros Toskos

Professional Geologist (PG) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) in the State of New Jersey, Woodard & Curran, USA

Natural and Anthropogenic Background as a Factor in Contaminated Site Cleanup. Conventional and Emergent Contaminants in Urban and Industrial Settings