The Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

Permanent Secretariat

The Black Sea Commission

Charimanship of the Commission
Ministry of Energy and 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 (Bucharest Convention), its Protocols and the Strategic Action Plan for the Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation of the Black Sea (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

To view the structure of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution click here

Chairman - Ministry of Energy and 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. Mykola Kuzyo, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine

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 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.


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.  They are established pursuant to Articles 22, 23 (The Istanbul Commission) of the 1996 plan >>, and Annex 1 thereof >> of the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan. 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,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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Loss of Yuvenaliy Zaitsev

With the deepest sorrow, we have to inform the scientific community of the Black Sea about another unreplaceable loss of the Ukrainian and Black Sea biological science. Juvenaliy P. Zaitsev, Ukrainian Hydrobiologist, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (since 1997), Doctor of Biological Sciences, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine (2003), laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology (2013) named after II Shmalgauzen of the NAS of Ukraine (1996) has passed away on January 7, 2020.

His main works are devoted to the issues of hydrobiology and ichthyology, in particular, the study of the biology of contour areas of the sea (at its boundaries with the atmosphere, land, and rivers) from the point of view of protection and reproduction of living resources of the sea. He proved the existence of the neustonic (see Nayston) complex of organisms and showed its importance in the life of the water bodies and in the circulation of substances in nature.

The Black Sea was his destiny and his love.

Yuvenaliy Zaitsev was born on 18.04.1924 and in 4 years he would have been celebrating his 100 birthday.

IN MEMORIAM

Words are not enough to express our deepest sorrow... As a result of devastating fire in the premises of Institute of Marine Biology of National Academy of Science of Ukraine (Odessa) on 4th December, 2019, its Director, our closest colleague and friend, outstanding scientist and expert of the Black Sea on national, regional and global levels, Chairman of BSC Advisory Group on biodiversity, Dr. Borys Aleksandrov and his secretary Ms. Galyna Ivanovich, have passed away...

We had hopes until the very last moment to find them... Their contribution to the work of the Black Sea Commission and their own scientific institution cannot be underestimated...

On behalf of the Black Sea Commission, its Permanent Secretariat and entire Black Sea scientific community, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences to families of all victims of this destructive event...let them rest in peace...

The farewell ceremony was be held on 27th December, 2019 from 10:00 to 12:00 in the lobby of the Biological Faculty of Odessa National University, Shampansky Lane, 2.

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 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.

ICZM Guidelines

Guideline on ICZM / Appendixes: Appendix 1, Appendix 2

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/ .

 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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Publications

The Black Sea State of Environment Report 2009-2014

The Black Sea State of Environment Report 2009-2014

Newsletter 14

Newsletter No 15

Newsletter 14

Newsletter No 14

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

Kecrch Report

Newsletter 13

Newsletter No 13

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

CETACEAN STRANDINGS ON THE WESTERN TURKISH BLACK SEA COAST BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2009 - AUGUST 2010

Jellyfish

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

Newsletter 12

Newsletter No 12

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)

State of Environment 2009

Black Sea Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA)

BSSAP Implementation 2002/2007

Oceanographic Atlas of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov

Newsletter 11

Newsletter No 11

Marine Litter Report

Marine Litter Report

2BSC Conference Proceedings

2nd Black Sea Scientific Conference Proceedings

1BSC Conference Proceedings

1st Black Sea Scientific Conference Proceedings

Newsletter 10

Newsletter No 10

MZBNTHS Manual

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

Good Practices in Project Preparation

Good Practices in Project Preparation

Newsletter 9

Newsletter No 9

Newsletter 11

Newsletter No 8

Newsletter 07

Newsletter No 7

BSSAP Implementation 1996 - 2000

Implementation of the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan 1996 - 2000

SOE 2002

State of Environment of the Black Sea 1996 - 2000