Lead partner:
ASEV, Agency for the development of the Empolese Valdelsa


Interreg Europe

€1.2 million


The Regional Council of Päijät-Häme and the University of Helsinki’s Department of Environmental Sciences are the Finnish partners in the TANIA project, TreAting contamination through NanoremedIAtion. The project is co-ordinated by ASEV (Agency for the Development of the Empolese Valdelsa) from Italy. Partners from five regions have identified the potential of connecting new and emerging nanomaterials and clean technologies with natural heritage protection in order to address environmental and economic problems. Through TANIA, they are supporting the wide and effective application of nanotechnologies for the remediation of contaminated soil and water.

The partner regions are relative newcomers to the concept of nanoremediation. TANIA utilises interregional exchange and the active participation of stakeholders from the environmental and innovation fields to address this limitation.

The Päijät-Häme region hosts one of the largest clusters of companies focused on cleantech and green technology. Lahti Science and Business Park is home to one of the largest environmental analysis laboratories in the Nordic countries. Both the University of Helsinki’s Department of Environmental Sciences and relevant departments of LAB University of Applied Science are also located on this park. Additionally, the region lays claim to several knowledge-intensive growth drivers, such as an abundance of small and medium-sized and large businesses focused on the bio economy and cleantech, including waste management, strong support for institutional innovation promotion and management, and a tradition of triple helix co-operation in R&D of contaminated soil treatment and waste management.

The Regional Council of Päijät-Häme will focus on policy design, implementation and monitoring. It will also benchmark good practices of the management and use of structural funds in other regions. The role of the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme in the TANIA project is to facilitate the implementation of new projects, and the reform of the management and strategic focus of the policy instruments.

The participating countries are Finland, France, Greece, Hungary and Italy. The five-year-long project started in January 2017, with a total budget of 1.2 million euro.

Further information

Johanna Snell
Project Co-ordinator
+358 44 077 3637

For more information, see the project’s website.