The Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

Permanent Secretariat

The Black Sea Commission

Chairman­ship of the Commis­sion

Chairmanship of the Black Sea Commission - Mr. Kostyantyn CHYZHYK, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and the Environmental Protection of Ukraine

Mr. Kostyantyn CHYZHYK, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and the Environmental Protection of Ukraine;

The Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (the Black Sea Commission or BSC) via its Permanent Secretariat is the inter governmental body established in implementation of the Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution i The Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution was signed in Bucharest in April 1992, and ratified by all six legislative assemblies of the Black Sea countries in the beginning of 1994. Also referred to as "Bucharest Convention", it is the basic framework of agreement and three specific Protocols, which are: the control of land-based sources of pollution; dumping of waste; and joint action in the case of accidents (such as oil spills). The implementation of the provisions of the Convention is supported by the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (also referred to as the Istanbul Commission), and its Permanent Secretariat, stationed in Istanbul, Turkey. v (Bucharest Convention), its Protocols i Convention Protocols The Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution contained orignally the following three protocols: Protocol On Protection Of The Black Sea Marine Environment Against Pollution From Land Based Sources (1992) Protocol on cooperation in combating pollution of the black sea marine environment by oil and other harmful substances in emergency situations Protocol On The Protection Of The Black Sea Marine Environment Against Pollution By Dumping These three protocols entered into force with the ratification of the Convention (at least four signatories are required to ratify before the Convention can enter into force) The Black Sea Biodiversity and Landscape Conservation Protocol to the Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution was signed in 2002 at the Meeting of the Ministers of Environment of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against POllution(14 Jun 2002, Sofia, Bulgaria) and entered into force on the 20th June 2011, following the deposition of the fourth ratification instrument by Ukraine on the 21st April, 2011. The fifth protocol is the Protocol on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Black Sea from Land-Based Sources and Activities (2009) signed at the Ministerial Meeting/Diplomatic Conference (17 April 2009), and entered into force on the 20th June 2011 following the completion of the ratification by Turkey (12 Aug 2004), Bulgaria (13 Oct 2004), Ukraine (22 Feb 2007). Georgia (22 Sep 2009) v and the Strategic Action Plan for the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation of the Black Sea i The Strategic Action Plan for the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation of the Black Seawas adopted at the Ministerial Meeting/Diplomatic Conference held 17 April 2009 in Sofia, Bulgaria. It updates the The Strategic Action Plan for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea (1996), signed in Istanbul, Turkey, on the 30 - 31 October 1996. Whereas the plan adopted in 1996 identified the main challenges and basis for cooprative action as well as making recommendations on the institutional structure needed for adressing these, the 2009 plan analyses the challenges facing the Black Sea environment from a more recent perspective and defines the main EcoQuality Objectives (EcoQO) to be achieved: EcoQO 1: Preserve commercial marine living resources. EcoQO 2: Conservation of Black Sea Biodiversity and Habitats. EcoQO 3: Reduce eutrophication. EcoQO 4: Ensure Good Water Quality for Human Health, Recreational Use and Aquatic Biota. The Plan defines management targets and indicators of achievement. v (first Strategic Action Plan adopted in 1996 and titled "Strategic Action Plan for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea " and the second titled " Strategic Action Plan for the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation of the Black Sea" adopted in 2009) [more info]

Commission Members

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Chairman - Mr. Kostyantyn CHYZHYK, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and the Environmental Protection of Ukraine

Commission Members

  • Commissioner for Bulgaria - Mr Krasimir Zhivkov, Ministry of Environment and Water, Bulgaria
  • Commissioner for Georgia - Ms. Maia Javakhishvili, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia
  • Commissioner for Romania - Ms. Olimpia Negru, Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, Romania
  • Commissioner for Russian Federation - Ms Natalia Tretiakova, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
  • Commissioner for Turkey - Prof. Dr. Mehmet Emin Birpınar, Deputy Minister of Environment and Urbanization, Turkey
  • Commissioner for Ukraine - Mr. Volodymyr Golovatenko, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and the Environmental Protection of Ukraine.

Contact Information

Please be informed that as of 23 August 2010 our mailing address has changed as follows:

General Contact Information

email:

Tel: +90 212 299 2940 or +90 212 299 2946

Fax: +90 212 299 2944

Mailing address

Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

Permanent Secretariat

Maslak Mahallesi

Büyükdere Caddesi, No 265

(Doğa Koruma ve Milli Parklar 1. Bölge Müdürlüğü Binası, 3. Kat)

34398 Sarıyer

Istanbul, Turkey

Location

Third floor of the building of Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Agriculture And Forestry General Directorate Of Nature Conservation And National Parks ( T.C. Orman ve Su İşleri Bakanlığı Doğa Koruma ve Milli Parklar - Ministry of Forests and Waters

The Permanent Secretariat

The Permanent Secretariat is established to assist the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (as defined in the Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution i The Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution was signed in Bucharest in April 1992, and ratified by all six legislative assemblies of the Black Sea countries in the beginning of 1994. Also referred to as "Bucharest Convention" ... Article XVII - The Commission ... 7. The Commission shall be assisted in its activities by a permanent Secretariat. The Commission shall nominate the Executive Director and other officials of the Secretariat. The Executive Director shall appoint the technical staff in accordance with the rules to be established by the Commission. The Secretariat shall be composed of nationals of all Black Sea States. 8. The Commission and the Secretariat shall have their headquarters in Istanbul. The location of the headquarters may be changed by the Contracting Parties by consensus. ... v Article XVII #7) and is located in Istanbul, Turkey. Click here for the Headquarters Agreement i The Headquaters Agreement is a legal agreement between the Government of the hosting country of the Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution, the Republic of Turkey and the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution, established under Atrticle XVII #7, #8 of said convention its provisions relate to, among others, privileges granted to : - Representatives of the Contracting Parties and the Chairman of the Commission - The Official Staff of the Permanent Secretariat - The Support Staff of the Permanent Secretariat - premises of the Permanent Secretariat such as immunity from legal proceedings, certan tax exemptions, invioliablity of archives, etc. full text v currently in force. The Black Sea Commission appoints its Executive Director and other officials of the Secretariat. The Executive Director appoints the technical staff in accordance with the established rules. The Secretariat is composed of nationals of all Black Sea States.


Mailing address and location of Permanent Secretariat premises

General Contact Information

email:

Tel: +90 212 299 2940 or +90 212 299 2946

Fax: +90 212 299 2944

Mailing address

Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

Permanent Secretariat

Maslak Mahallesi

Büyükdere Caddesi, No 265

(Doğa Koruma ve Milli Parklar 1. Bölge Müdürlüğü Binası, 3. Kat)

34398 Sarıyer

Istanbul, Turkey

Location

Third floor of the building of Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Agriculture And Forestry General Directorate Of Nature Conservation And National Parks ( T.C. Orman ve Su İşleri Bakanlığı Doğa Koruma ve Milli Parklar - Ministry of Forests and Waters

See also Permanent Secretariat page here

Advisory Groups to the Commission

The Advisory Groups to the Black Sea Commission are its main source of expertise, information and support in implementation of the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan 1996. i The Strategic Action Plan for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea (1996), signed in Istanbul, Turkey, on the 30 - 31 October 1996, (amended June 22-26 2002, Sofia, Bulgaria) and now updated by the Strategic Action Plan for the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation of the Sea defines - the basic principles for cooperative common action of the Black Sea coastal states Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, The Russsian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine for the protection of the Black Sea Environment - policy actions to be undertaken - institutional structure to be established to implement common polciy actions including source of expertise, assessments and scientific cooperation Its annexes include the Advisory Groups to be set up and operated to support the Black Sea costal states signatories to the plan and the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution in the implementation of the objectives of the Convention and the Strategic Agtion Plan v They are established pursuant to Articles 22, 23 (The Istanbul Commission) of the 1996 plan >>, and Annex 1 thereof. Each Advisory Group elects a Chairperson. The Advisory Groups act with the mandate of the Black Sea Commission and their respective Terms of Reference.

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37th Regular Meeting of the Commission

The 37th Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea held 16-17 October 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Meeting discussed and adopted the Implementation Report on the Strategic Action Plan for the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation of the Black Sea, i The Strategic Action Plan for the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation of the Black Seawas adopted at the Ministerial Meeting/Diplomatic Conference held 17 April 2009 in Sofia, Bulgaria. It updates the The Strategic Action Plan for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea (1996), signed in Istanbul, Turkey, on the 30 - 31 October 1996. Whereas the plan adopted in 1996 identified the main challenges and basis for cooprative action as well as making recommendations on the institutional structure needed for adressing these, the 2009 plan analyses the challenges facing the Black Sea environment from a more recent perspective and defines the main EcoQuality Objectives (EcoQO) to be achieved: EcoQO 1: Preserve commercial marine living resources. EcoQO 2: Conservation of Black Sea Biodiversity and Habitats. EcoQO 3: Reduce eutrophication. EcoQO 4: Ensure Good Water Quality for Human Health, Recreational Use and Aquatic Biota. The Plan defines management targets and indicators of achievement. v adopted in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17 April 2009.

Aiming for improving its instutional capacity and operative efficiency, the meeting continued its work on improving and updating the internal documents governing the functioning of the Commission, preparation of new Financaial Rules for adoption by the Contracting Parties aiming at overall improving budgeting and planning of the activities and finding strategies to approach emerging environmental challenges in the Black Sea.

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36th Extraordinary Meeting of the Commission (17-18 April 2019, Istanbul, Turkey)

The 36th Extraordinary Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea held 17-18 April in Istanbul, Turkey.

Aiming for improving its instutional capacity and operative efficiency, the meeting continued its work on improving and updating the internal documents governing the funcioning of the Commission, improving budgeting and planning of the activities and finding solutions to emerging challenges in the work of the Commission.

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Black Sea Day Celebrations 2018 and Award of Black Sea Medals

Şile, Istanbul hosted celebrations of the International Black Sea Day on 31 October 2018.

The event is organized jointly by the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution and Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of the Republic of Turkey.

This important international event enabled us to evaluate our achievements, discuss new challenges and raise the public awareness that the protection of the Black Sea depends on the efforts of every one of us.

Black Sea Medal Awards were presented to one recipient from each riparian country around the Black Sea to emphasize the importance of efforts in organizing and undertaking activities to protect the Black Sea’s unique environment.

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Update of the List of endangered marine species from the Romanian Black Sea coast

In the light of implementation of provisions of the Black Sea Biodiversity Protocol and Black Sea Strategic Action Plan (2009), Romania updated the List of endangered marine species from the Romanian Black Sea coast by Order of Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests (no. 300 of 09.04.2020, into effect on 09.04.2020).

Third Coordination meeting between UNEP/MAP Barcelona Convention Secretariat and the Black Sea Commission Permanent Secretariat

On 14th December 2019, Istanbul hosted the Third Coordination meeting between UNEP/MAP Barcelona Convention Secretariat and the Black Sea Commission Permanent Secretariat (BSC PS).

The participants briefed each other on recent developments and priorities in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, reviewed the Joint implementation Plan and MoU and produced the Joint workplan for 2020.

Regional Verification workshop in iplementation of Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Black Sea (12-13 Dec 2019, Istanbul, Turkey)

Regional Verification workshop to support the establishment of the Black Sea Marine Litter Monitoring Programme and streamline the implementation of Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Black Sea" held 12-13 Dec 2019.

On 12-13th December, 2019 the BSC PS hosted in Istanbul the "Regional Verification workshop to support the establishment of the Black Sea Marine Litter Monitoring Programme and streamline the implementation of Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Black Sea".

This workshop was held in the framework of bilateral collaboration and MoU between UN Environment/MAP Barcelona Convention Secretariat and the Black Sea Commission’ Permanent Secretariat (BSC PS), and served as platform for consideration of draft Marine Litter Monitoring Guidelines for the Black Sea and discussion of implementation of Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter management for the Black Sea, adopted during 34th BSC Regular meeting in October, 2018.

During the Workshop, participants shared the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea experience and best practices in the field of marine litter management, as well as dedicated activities provided by projects and partners (EMBLAS+ Project, ANEMONE Project, CENOBS Project, WWF Turkey). They also considered the Marine Litter reporting templates provided by UNEP/MAP Secretariat and in line with them elaborated the proposal for amendments to relevant Annexes of the BSIMAP (including draft ML-related Annual reporting template) to be presented to BSC for further consideration and possible adoption.

Black Sea State of Environment Report 2009 - 2014

The Black Sea State of Environment Report 2009-2014 with ISBN Number 978-605-84837-0-5 is available for direct download.

The Black Sea, surrounded by the six coastal countries the Republic of Bulgaria (Bulgaria), Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation (Russia), the Republic of Turkey (Turkey), and Ukraine. The location of the Black Sea Basin together with its climatic conditions has created a unique ecological system. Today, many of the Black Sea species are threatened by over-exploitation, habitat destruction, pollution and climate change. It reflects negatively on human well-being, social and economic sectors, and environmental services. By 1994, all Black Sea littoral states ratified the Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution of the Black Sea (the Bucharest Convention).

The Black Sea State of Environment Report examines the trends and development in the environment of the Black Sea and analyzes and traces these trends to human activities and the policy measures implemented by the Black Sea litoral countries, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, The Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine.

The report may also be viewed online.

Announcements & Other events

Earth Observation Data for Science and Innovation in the Black Sea (EO4SIBS)

Black Sea and Danube Regional Initiative – Science

EO4SIBS (www.eo4sibs.uliege.be) aims at building a Black Sea Earth Observation data Exploitation Platform (EOEP) to maximize the impact of EO data by supporting an excellent science and stimulating the emergence of innovative added-value marine products and core services. The Platform will integrate satellite, in-situ and airborne data as well as new products delivered by the project and will make them available online in open access.

EO4SIBS EO4SIBS

Download the project brochure here

The Surveying & Maritime Internet of Things Education (SMARTSEA)

The SMARTSEA project (https://www.smart-sea.eu/ ) aims to develop an interactive MSc course on Maritime and Surveyor ICT/IoT systems, which helps complete the market void in technical and maintenance specialists generated by the prompt expansion of the Smart Maritime & Surveying industry.

Smartsea Project Smartsea Project

Download the project brochure here

ICZM Guidelines

Guideline on ICZM / Appendixes: Appendix 1, Appendix 2

 Book of Abstracts available for download

Book of Abstracts

Book of Abstracts (ISBN Number 978-605-84837-1-2) of the International scientific conference, Dedicated to 95th Anniversary of Academician of the NAS of Ukraine Yuvenaly Zaitsev «ACHIEVEMENTS IN STUDIES OF MARGINAL EFFECT IN WATER ECOSYSTEMS AND THEIR PRACTICAL SIGNIFICANCE» June 13-14, 2019, Odessa, Ukraine, is available for download

 The Black Sea - Physical, Environmental and Historical Perspectives

This book underpins the geography of the Black Sea, covering topics such as morphology, morphography, geology, and history of the Black Sea. It also discusses environmental aspects affecting the population in the Black Sea's coastal settlements and looks to the future of the Black Sea region. This book covers a gap in research in the field of world regional geography of the Black Sea by providing a comprehensive methodology and terminology to readers, students and teachers in the field.

The Black Sea - Physical, Environmental and Historical Perspectives

Vespremeanu E., Golumbeanu M., 2018 The Black Sea – Physical,  Historical and Environmental Perspectives,  World Regional Geography Book Series, Springer Geography, Earth and Environmental Science eBook Collection, Printed by Printforce, the Netherlands, 150 pp, ISSN 2194-315x, ISSN 2194-3168 (electronic), ISBN 978-3-319-70853-9, ISBN 978-3-319-70855-3 (eBook), https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70855-3, Library of Congress Control number: 2017958552, @Springer International Publishing AG 2018.

 GFCM Fish Forum, Dec 2018

The GFCM Secretariat

The GFCM Secretariat, in cooperation with the Fish Forum Coordinators, and Black Sea Commission Permanent Secretariat in particular, is organizing in Rome, Italy the Fish Forum in December, 2018 and announcing the ongoing call for abstracts (deadline for submission 15 May 2018) available at this link : http://www.fao.org/gfcm/fishforum2018/callforabstracts/en/ .

 Recent Publications on Marine Litter in the Black Sea

First observations on the abundance and composition of floating debris in the North-western Black Sea

Giuseppe Suaria, Mihaela C. Melinte-Dobrinescu, Gabriel Ion, Stefano Aliani

The occurrence of marine litter in the Black Sea region is poorly known and even less data have been reported on the abundance of floating debris. Here we present results from a ship-based visual survey carried out in the North-Western part of the Black Sea, providing the first preliminary data on the characteristics of floating debris in Romanian waters.

Read full article here

Publications

Black Sea Marine Litter Regional Action Plan

Black Sea Marine Litter Regional Action Plan

The Black Sea State of Environment Report 2009-2014

The Black Sea State of Environment Report 2009-2014

PhytoPlanktonManual

Phytoplankton Manual

BS NonNative Fish List

Black Sea Non-Native Fish List

BSFish IUCN

Black Sea Fishes List IUCN Status

QC Guidelines Phytoplankton

Guidelines for Quality Control of Biological Data - Phytoplankton

Kerch Report

Kerch Report

Final Diagnostic Report

'Diagnostic Report' to guide improvements to the regular reporting process on the state of the Black Sea environment

Black Sea Fishes Check List

Black Sea Fishes Check List

Jellyfish

Is the number of jellyfish increasing as the Black Sea is warming up?

State of Environment 2009

State of the Environment of the Black Sea (2002/2007)

BSSAP Implementation 2002/2007

Implementation of the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan (2002/2007)

Marine Litter Report

Marine Litter Report

MZBNTHS Manual

Manual for Quantitative Sampling and Sample Treatment of Marine Soft-Bottom Macrozoobenthos

SOE 2002

State of Environment of the Black Sea 1996 - 2000

BSSAP Implementation 1996 - 2000

Implementation of the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan 1996 - 2000 (Bulgarian, Georgian, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Ulrainian)

Language Main Report Annexes
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Bulgarian pdf pdf
Georgian pdf pdf
Romanian doc doc
Russian pdf pdf
Turkish pdf pdf
Ukrainian pdf pdf

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