Saving the Black Sea
Issue 8, June 2005
Official Publication of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution and the
GEF Ecosystems Recovery Project
Towards a new European Thematic Strategy on the Protection and Conservation of the Marine Environment [>>]
EC Assistance to the Black Sea Commission [>>]
BSC and UNEP Take Action Against the Marine Litter [>>]
The Implementation of the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan – A Bulgarian Perspective [>>]
Turkey Implements the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan [>>]
Protection and rehabilitation of the Black and Azov Seas in Ukraine [>>]
Black Sea Contingency Plan to the Protocol on Cooperation in Com-bating Pollution of the Black Sea by Oil and Other Harmful Sub-stances in Emergency Situations [>>]
Cooperation between Black Sea and Baltic Sea Experts [>>]
Black Sea GIS [>>]
Ukraine – Key Events in Environ-mental Management [>>]
Georgian Black Sea is important wintering habitat of cetaceans [>>]
Results of EuropeAid Project 2002 – 2004 in Russian Federation [>>]
The Black Sea "Shell Palace” [>>]
Black Sea Action Day [>>]
ICZM Progress in Romania [>>]
Black Sea Biodiversity and Landscape Conservation [>>]
International Black Sea Day: an Event for the Whole Public [>>]
From Black to Blue: A Sea Being Saved [>>]
It is well recognized that marine litter poses a threat to the environmental health and the sustainable use of the seas. A lot of attention was given to the issue by the UNEP Governing Council on the Regional Seas Programme through the support of the utilization of the Regional Seas’ conventions and Action Plans as a platform for the regional implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and global programs and initiatives. In the resolution “Oceans and the law of the sea” a special recommendation was made on focusing the consultative process, among others, on the marine debris. Another important step was the adoption of the decision on the Waste management at the Eight Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council in March 2004 in Jeju, Republic of Korea.
As a practical followup of the UNEP decisions and within the process of amendment and updating the Strategic Action Plan on the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea (BSSAP) a new regional initiative on the marine litter started, supported jointly by the Black Sea Commission and the UNEP Regional Seas Coordinating Office (RSCO). The objective of this initiative is to assist in the environmental protection and sustainable management and development in the Black Sea region.
The Activity is planned to start with the preparation of a comprehensive Review Document on the Marine Litter in the Black Sea addressing the issue both nationally and regionally. For that purpose all existing data and information on marine litter in coastal and marine environment should be made available and subsequently analyzed. Special attention will be given to the existing capacity and institutional setup including the legal instruments in force in each of the coastal states. Having in mind the need for best use of the limited resources on hand a careful identification of the gaps and needs will be carried out, taking into consideration the opportunities for cooperation with the ongoing international programs and looking for synergies where possible.
One of the expected outcomes of the review is the development and implementation of monitoring and assessment programs at the national and regional level. Data on the quantity, composition and distribution of the marine litter throughout the region will be collected and assessed, using specific methodologies based on the positive experience from other regions and adapted for the conditions of the Black Sea.
The core component of the BSC/UNEP co-operative action is the elaboration of a “Framework Document” for a Regional Activity on Marine Litter. The document is to be developed in the context of the BSSAP and should present the strategic approach, identify the potential partners and possible funding source for the implementation of the operational activities needed:
The first annual Coastal Cleanup Campaign in the Black Sea Region will start
in September 2006.
Based on the “Framework Document” a special proposal for amendment of the BSSAP on the marine litter management will be prepared by the BSC Permanent Secretariat. It is expected that it will be adopted by the Ministerial Conference in 2007.
Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution