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Partners in the Black Sea

EC Supported "Environmental Collaboration for the Black Sea" Project


Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), established in 1991, helps developing countries fund projects and programs that protect the global environment.

European Union

European Union


United Nations Environment Programme -


United Nations Development Programme

Helsinki Convention on the Protection of the Baltic Sea

This is intended to abate pollution of the Baltic Sea area caused by discharges through rivers, estuaries, outfalls and pipelines, dumping and normal operations of vessels as well as through airborne pollutants.

Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, Water Convention

This is intended to strengthen national measures for the protection and ecologically sound management of transboundary surface waters and groundwaters.

Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean, Barcelona Convention

Comprehensive regional approach for the protection and enhancement of the marine environment in the Mediterranean Sea Area,Area

Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area

The purpose of the ACCOBAMS Agreement is to reduce the threats to Cetaceans in Mediterranean and Black Sea waters and improve our knowledge of these animals.

International Organizations

Habitat Directive

Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora

Wild Birds Directive

Conservation of wild birds

The Danube River Protection Convention

Protection of Danube river

Convention to Combat Desertification

This Convention is to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought in countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

Convention on the Law of the Sea

Law of the sea

Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context, Espoo Convention

The Espoo (EIA) Convention stipulates the obligations of Parties to assess the environmental impact of certain activities at an early stage of planning.

Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, Basel Convention

Mindful of the growing threat to human health and the environment posed by the increased generation and complexity, and transboundary movement of hazardous wastes and other wastes

International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78)

The MARPOL Convention is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes

Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and other matter, London Convention

Prevent the pollution of the sea by the dumping of waste and other matter that is liable to create hazards to human helath, to harm living resources and marine life.

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Mindful of the precautionary approach as set forth in Principle 15 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, the objective of this Convention is to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants.

European Landscape Convention

The aims of this Convention are to promote landscape protection, management and planning, and to organise European co-operation on landscape issues.


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


International Maritime Organization


International Fund for Agricultural Development


United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, Bern Convention

This Convention are to conserve wild flora and fauna and their natural habitats, especially those species and habitats whose conservation requires the co operation of several States, and to promote such co operation.

Convention on Migratory Species, Bonn Convention

Conservation and effective management of migratory species

Convention on Biological Diversity

The conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources

The World Heritage Convention

One of the most universal international legal instruments for the protection of the cultural and natural heritage.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES Convention

Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Ministries of Environment of the Black Sea Countries

Ministry of Environment and Water - Bulgaria

Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria

Ministry of Environment - Georgia

Ministry of Environment of Georgia

Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Romania

Ministry of Waters and Environmental Protection in Romania

Ministry for Natural Resources - Russian Federation

Ministry for Natural Resources of the Russian Federation

Ministry of Environment and Urbanization - Türkiye

Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Environment and Urbanization

Ministry of Environmental Protection - Ukraine

Ministry for Environmental Protection of Ukraine


Current / Completed Projects

Black Sea Projects list

An extensive list with links to Black Sea Projects maintained by the Black Sea Web Project.

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

NGOs, Foundations, Associations

Union of Black Sea and Caspian Confederation of Enterprises

Greener Planet: A World without Cigarettes

American Lung Association


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