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Freshwater Management Series No. 2

Phytoremediation: An Environmentally Sound Technology for
Pollution Prevention, Control and Redmediation

An Introductory Guide To Decision-Makers

Phytoremediation has proved to be a quite reliable option, based on the properties of plants to accumulate pollutants in their roots and leaves; its application has also been shown to be more economical than other options. Although the practice has some limitations, it is becoming more popular due to its benefits in different countries. This booklet offers readers a general overview of the different aspects involved in the phytoremediation process, as well as coverage of some of its benefits and limitations.


  What is Phytoremediation?
       How Does Phytoremediation Work?
  Phytoremediation Processes
  The Use of Phytoremediation to Treat Organic Contaminants
  The Use of Phytoremediation to Treat Metal Contaminants
  The Use of Phytoremediation for Hydraulic Control of Contaminants
  Does Phytoremediation Work at Every site?
  Where has Phytoremediation Been Used?
  What are the Challenges Faced by Decision-Makers?

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