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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 (Bucharest Convention), its Protocols and the Strategic Action Plan for the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation of the Black Sea (latest version adopted in 2009) [more info]

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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, Article XVII) and is located in Istanbul, Turkey. Click here for the Headquarters Agreement 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.

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Advisory Groups to the Commission

The Advisory Groups to the Black Sea Commission are its main source of expertise, information and support to in implementation of the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan.  They are established pursuant to Articles 22, 23 (The Istanbul Commission) >>, and Annex 1 >>. 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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Announcements & Other events

 Book of Abstracts available for download

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/ .

 Invitation to the International Symposium - PROTECTION OF THE BLACK SEA ECOSYSTEM AND THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF MARITIME ACTIVITIES
September 7-9, 2017, Constanta, Romania

Invitation to the International Symposium

PROTECTION OF THE BLACK SEA ECOSYSTEM AND THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF MARITIME ACTIVITIES

8th edition PROMARE 2017, September 7-9, 2017, Constanta, Romania

http://www.rmri.ro/Home/Publications.Symposia.Subscription_Form.html?lang=en

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 Thirteenth Biennial MEDCOAST Congress (MEDCOAST 17), 31 October – 04 November 2017, Mellieha, Malta

Thirteenth Biennial MEDCOAST Congress (MEDCOAST 17), 31 October – 04 November 2017, Mellieha, Malta as the pdf file in the link below. The congress will be organised in collaboration with two institutions of University of Malta.

https://www.medcoast.net/uploads/documents/Call_for_Applications-MEDCOAST_Institute_2016.pdf

 Institute of Oceanology - Bulgarian Academy of Science, Call for Associate Partner Proposals

CALL FOR ASSOCIATE PARTNER PROPOSALS    

 Institute of Oceanology – Bulgarian Academy of Science, Varna is opening a procedure for selecting associated partners for the project proposal for "Sustainable Management of the Marine Environment and it’s Resources - SUMMON", funded by the Operational Programme "Science and Education for Smart Growth" 2014-2020 (OP SESG), 

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 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.

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 4th BSC-HELCOM Workshop on Eutrophication and Pollution and Pre-meeting

The 4th BSC-HELCOM Workshop on eutrophication and pollution and pre-meeting was held on 26-28th November, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. This expert workshop was titled „Towards reaching a good status of the Baltic and Black Seas: lessons learnt in Baltic2Black and ways forward”. The workshop was preceded by a short meeting on 26 November 2013 to plan the future cooperation between Baltic Sea and Black Sea networks.

The overall aim of the workshop is to continue exchange of knowledge and learning from the long experience gained in the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea on the semi-enclosed brackish-water ecosystems.

A secondary aim of the workshop is to summarize the results of the activities implemented during the three years of the EU funded Baltic2Black Project concerning the best practices in assessing eutrophication, developing common indicators and nutrient reduction scheme.

The Commissions are confident that it is extremely important to maintain the dialogue created between the experts from both regions, encouraging them to continue the collaboration beyond the life time of this project.

37th Regular Meeting of the Commission (16-17 October 2019, Istanbul, Turkey)

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,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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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 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.

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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34th Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

The 34th Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution - October 24-25, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Meeting reviewed the work carried out in the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year and the implementation of the Work Programme for 2017/2018. Commission adopted a budget for the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year, and the State of Environment Report and also reconfirmed the international cooperation between the Black Sea states in protecting the Black Sea environment and the implementation of the provisions of the Convention and the Strategic Action Plan for the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation of the Black Sea (2009). In this respect, the implementation of provisions under the Memorandum of Understanding and work with partner organizations as well as the progress achieved in cooperation with regional projects were noted.

According to the Rules of Procedure of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution, at the end of the meeting, the Chairmanship of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution was transferred from the Russian Federation to Turkey for a period of one year.

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Black Sea Day Celebrations 2017 and Award of Black Sea Medals

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Istanbul hosted celebrations of the International Black Sea Day on 31 October 2017

The event was 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.

Since the first Strategic Action Plan for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea signed by all riparian countries of the Black Sea on 31 October 1996 in Istanbul, this important event commemorated every year in different coastal cities around the Black Sea.

A good tradition to present the Black Sea Medal Awards for the outstanding individual efforts to protect the marine environment of the Black Sea established and it is being presented every year to one individual from each riparian country around the Black Sea.

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33rd Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

The 33rd Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution held October 5-6, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Meeting reviewed the work carried out in the 2016/2017 Year and the implementation of the Work Programme for 2016/2017, work with partner organizations and projects, such as UNDP, BSEC, EEA, EMBLAS Project and EMODNet Chemistry, and reviewed the Annual Work Programme and budget for the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year.

According to the Rules of Procedure of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution, at the end of the meeting, the Chairmanship of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution was transferred from Romania to the Russian Federation for a period of one year.

The meeting reconfirmed the international cooperation between the Black Sea states in protecting the Black Sea environment and the implementation of the provisions of the Convention and the Strategic Action Plan for the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation of the Black Sea (2009). In this respect, the progress achieved in cooperation with regional projects such as the EMBLAS Project and EMODNet Chemistry were noted as well as the implementation of provisions under the Memoranda of Understanding and work with partner organizations, such as UNDP, BSEC, EEA.

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MARSPLAN Black Sea Project

MARSPLAN Black Sea Project (Cross-Border MARitime Spatial PLANning in the Black Sea)

http://msp-platform.eu/projects/cross-border-maritime-spatial-planning-black-sea

The MARSPLAN BS Project main objectives are:

  • To support  the implementation of the EU Directive for Maritime Spatial Planning in the Black Sea Basin, starting with its Member States, Romania and Bulgaria
  • To create an MSP institutional framework for Romania-Bulgaria cross-border
  • To develop the cooperation with all Black Sea countries in the field of  MSP
  • To consolidate the cross-border cooperation and the information exchange between Romania and Bulgaria
  • To set out the vision and strategic goals for Black Sea area on MSP, taking into account the land sea interaction
  • To elaborate MSP Plan for the Romania – Bulgaria cross-border area
  • To contribute to a wider dissemination of all gathered information concerning MSP field, Black Sea area, best practices and stakeholders.

High Level Meeting on the occasion of the International Black Sea Day 2016

Black Sea Day Family Photo

Burgas Conference marks the 20th Anniversry of the signature of the Strategic Action Plan for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea.

High level representatives of the countries signatories to the Cornvention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (The Bucharest Convention) - Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine celebrated the International Black Sea Day - 31 October 2016 in Burgas, Bulgaria. The conference held marked the 20th Anniversary of the signature of the Strategic Action Plan for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea.

The event was organized jointly with the municipality of Burgas, the Black Sea River Basin Directorate and the Ministry of Environment and Water, Bulgaria

The events served to initiate a dialogue on partnering in the integrated policy and cooperation in the protection of the Black Sea environment.

The participants discussed information and knowledge exchange and future initiatives through the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution. A coordinated regional environmnetal policy for sustainable use of resources and biodiversity protection, as well as sharing of best practices were discussed.

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32nd Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

32nd Meeting of the BSC

The 32nd Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution held 12–13 October, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Meeting reviewed the work carried out in the 2015/2016 Year and the implementation of the Work Programme for 2015/2016, work with partner organizations and projects, and adopted the Annual Work Programme and budget for the 2016/2017 Fiscal Year.

Pursuant to the Rules of Procedure of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution the Chairmanship for the period Sep 2016 - Sep 2017 of the Commission was assumed by Romania.

The meeting reconfirmed the international cooperation between the Black Sea states in protecting the Black Sea environment and the implementation of the provisions of the Convention and the Strategic Action Plan for the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation of the Black Sea (2009). In this respect the progress achieved in cooperation with regional projects such as the EMBLAS Project (Environmental Monitoring of the Black Sea) was noted as well as the implementation of provisions under the Memoranda of Understanding and work with partner organizations.

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