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Projects Observers and Partners


EU (Represented by the EC, DG Environment) - The Environment Directorate General is one of the 36 Directorates General and specialized services which make up the European Commission, serving to initiate and define new environmental legislation and ensure that measures are implemented by member states. (observer status granted at 7th Regular Meeting, 29-31 May 2001)

GEF/UNDP - Global Environmental Facility/United Nations Development Programme. (observer status granted at 7th Regular Meeting, 29-31 May 2001)

UNEP - United Nations Environmental Programme(granted observer status at 8th Regular BSC Meeting, 18-19 February 2002)

ICPDR - International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River. (observer status granted at 7th Regular Meeting, 29-31 May 2001)

BSEC - Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. (observer status granted at 7th Regular Meeting, 29-31 May 2001)

ACCOBAMS - Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (granted observer status at 8th Regular BSC Meeting, 18-19 February 2002)

BSC-PSC Memorandum of Understanding - signed and enforced by all Black Sea countries, the PSC MOU and the BSC have granted each other observerstatus.(observer status granted at 7th Regular Meeting, 29-31 May 2001)

BS NGO Network - The Black Sea NGO Network (observer status granted at 7th Regular Meeting, 29-31 May 2001)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) - The Agreement on Cooperation enabling reciprocal observership between the BSC and International Maritime Organization (IMO) (was approved by the IMO during its 26th General Assembly on 26th November 2009 and by BSC during its 22nd Regular Meeting on 19-21st January 2010).


GFCM - UN FAO General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean – the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Black Sea Commission and the GFCM was signed on 14th May, 2012 in Marrakech, Morocco, during the 36th Session of the GFCM.

EEA - European Environment Agency

DABLAS - the DAnube / BLAck Sea Task Force, official site / activities of the BSC

TACIS - The TACIS Programme - Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States (2000-2006)

Ongoing Projects

EMBLAS - Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea – 2013-2014 (more info)

MareFrame - Enhancing Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management in Europe - MareFrame, a research project funded by the European Commission under FP7 and launched at in the beginning of 2014, seeks to significantly increase the use of the ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management (EAFM), when providing advice relating to European fish stocks. This entails the development of new tools and technologies, development and extension of ecosystem models and assessment methods, and development of a Decision Support Framework that can highlight alternatives and consequences. From previous projects it is clear that substantial barriers exist to the use of EAFM. MareFrame seeks to overcome these barriers. With respect to science this means creating new knowledge by bringing together and extending existing models, utilising novel methods and data and applying them to relevant cases. The project partners, including SMEs, Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) and ICES, come from 13 countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Romania, Norway, Iceland, South Africa, Australia, Canada & New Zealand) and are led by Matis, an Icelandic research institute. More information can be found at

CleanSea Project - Towards a Clean Litter-Free European Marine Environmnent through Scientific Evidence Innovative Tools and Good Governance

Completed Projects

Baltic2Black* - "Environmental monitoring of the Black Sea for nutrients" (2011-2013).

MSFD Project Harmonization with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2009-2012)

PEGASO* - "People for Ecosystem Based Governance in Assessing Sustainable Development of Ocean and Coast" (2010-2014). [more info] [Project Factsheet]

EnviroGRIDS* - "Building Capacity for a Black Sea Catchment Observation and Assessment System supporting Sustainable Development" (2009-2013). [more info] [Project Article]

PERSEUS** - "Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research in the Southern EUropean Seas" (2012-2015). [more info]

CoCoNET** - "Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas ( from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea-based wind energy potential" (2012-2016). [more info]

SEAS-ERA - "Towards Integrated Marine Research Strategy and Programmes" (2010-2014). [more info] [Black Sea Strategic Research Agenda]

CREAM** - "Coordinating research in support to application of EAF (Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries) and management advice in the Mediterranean and Black Seas" (2011-2014). [more info]

KnowSeas - "Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe's Seas" (2009-2013). [FP7 site] [BSC contribution]

ODEMM - "Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management" (2010-2013).

MEECE - "Marine Ecosystem Evolution in a Changing Environment" (2008-2012). [MEECE Newsletter]

NATO SfP Project #982678 - NATO Science for Peace Project "Bio-Optical Characterization of the Black Sea for Remote Sensing Applications" (2009-2012).

HYPOX - "Oxygen Monitoring in Aquatic Ecosystems" (2009-2012). [more info] [HYPOX factsheet] [Project Brochure]

MONINFO* - "Environmental Monitoring of the Black Sea Basin: Monitoring and Information Systems for Reducing Oil Pollution" (2009-2011). [MONINFO System]

UP-GRADE BS-SCENE* - "Up-grade Black Sea Scientific Network" (2009-2011).[more info]

CASPINFO* - "Caspian environmental and industrial data and information service (2008-2011). [CASPINFO - Poster] [CASPINFO - Poster, Russian]

SESAME** - "Southern European Seas : Assessing and Modelling Ecosystem changes" (2006-2011).

ECBSEA** - EC Supported "Environmental Collaboration for the Black Sea" (2007-2009). [archived web page]

GEF BSERP** - The Black Sea Ecosystems Recovery Project (Completed in April 2008)

* - Projects participated or implemented by BSC
** - BSC is either End User or member of Advisory Board of project