Title: Assessing the risks of anthropogenic contaminants in the Amazon River

Duration: 2019 - 2020



The main goal of the SILENT AMAZON project will be to assess how and to what extent current demographic pressure and industrial activities are impacting the Amazonian biodiversity at local and regional scale.

General activities

SILENT AMAZON will perform the largest chemical monitoring campaign performed so far in the Amazon River and will take water, fish and plant samples to monitor the presence of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, fragrances, persistent organic pollutants, microplastics, metals and other industrial compounds (PFAS).

Expected results

The project will provide maps of chemical pollution and risk-based information regarding priority substances and biological groups that are expected to be impacted. Overall, the project will contribute to the development of sustainable chemical use practices and environmental regulations in the region.


Grant EC-59809C-19 funded by: