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 [>>]
The formation of new system of governmental structure of the state was started since inauguration of newly elected President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko in January of 2005 and still in the process. Mr. Pavlo Igantenko, former representative of bank sector of Ukraine, was appointed as a Minister for Environmental Protection of Ukraine. The 32 years old Minister is working on the completion of strong management team in the Ministry and going to renovate state-wide environmental protection system in general and Ministerial structure in particular. Minister has declared already that his Ministry activity will be transparent and open for public involvement in decision making process.
Azov and Black Seas Division, a separate unit was established in 2004 in the Ministry as a part of Department of Biotic, Water, Land Resources and EcoNet. The main purpose of the Division is development of marine environmental policy and coordination of national and international program activities related to the marine ecosystem protection and marine resources sustainable use.
Coordination of the implementation of the State Program of the Protection and Rehabilitation of the Black and Azov Seas (2001) is a key direction of the Division’s activities. Mr. Olexandr Bon is appointed as a Head of the Division, and his staff include four other specialists.
Contacts of the Division are:
35 Urytskoho Str.
03035 Kyiv, Ukraine
Phone/fax: (+380 44) 206-31-36
Draft Law on Integrated Coastal Zone Management has been developed under coordination of the Ministry for Environmental Protection of Ukraine during 2004.
The main issue of the new legislative document is clarification of the role, competencies and responsibilities of multiple land users of the coastal area including local and central governmental bodies. In fact, this is a key problem hindering approval of the legislative act regulating the relationships in the coastal area since early 1990’s.
It is expected that consideration of the draft law by central executive governmental bodies will be completed in 2005 and as a result final draft ICZM Law will be submitted to the Parliament of Ukraine for final approval.
On March 24, 2005, participants of the Ukrainian National Network for Cetaceans Conservation (BREMA Laboratory, Simferopol; Karadag Natural Reserve, Feodosia; Sevastopol Dolphinarium in Artbukhta; Livadia Dolphinarium, Yalta; and Yevpatoria Dolphinaroum) have made presentation and pressconference for media devoted to the issue of the conservation of the Black Sea dolphins. Researchers presented to the public results of 5-years implementation of the Program of the research, conservation and rehabilitation of marine mammals of the Black and Azov Seas “Dolphin” (approved by the Ministry for Environmental Protection of Ukraine in 1999; details of the Program are presented on www.dolphin.com.ua).
The event included presentation of CD “Black Sea dolphins, 4th issue; presentation of environmental posters; presentations of results of international Project “Afalina-2005” aimed at the quantitative monitoring of dolphins in Georgian territorial waters; presentation of new Project “Strengthening the Ukrainian National Network for Cetaceans Conservation” supported by the UK “Environment for Europe Fund”; presentation of new international public organization “Black Sea Council on Marine Mammals”).
Detailed information regarding projects results can be obtained from Dr. Olexiy Birkun, Scientific Team Leader of the Program “Dolphin” (AlexeiBirkun@home.cris.net, +380-0652-253-503)
Scientific Leader “Dolphin” Program