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Chairman of the Commission Ms Ekaterine Grigalava
Ms. Ekaterine Grigalava, Chairwoman of the Black Sea Commission, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment  and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia

The Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (the Black Sea Commission or BSC) via its Permanent Secretariat is the intergovernmental 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 (latest version adopted in 2009) [more info]

Please be informed that as of 23 August 2010 our mailing address has changed as follows:

Members of the Commission on the Protection of the BLack Sea Against Pollution

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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, Article XVII) and is located in Istanbul, Turkey. Click here for the Headquarters Agreement currently in force. The new Headquarters Agreement signed in Sofia at the 21st Extraordinary meeting of the Commission pending ratificatinon shall be published shortly. 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.

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Advisory Groups to the Commission

The Advisory Groups to the Black Sea Commission are its main source of expertise, information and support to in implementation of the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan.  They are established pursuant to Articles 22, 23 (The Istanbul Commission) >>, and Annex 1 >>. 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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32nd Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

The 32be egular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution is planned for 7–8 October, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Meeting is expected to review the work carried out in the 2015/2016 Year and plan the Annual Work Programme and budget for the 2016/2017 Fiscal Year

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Celebrating the Black Sea Day 2015

The Black Sea community celebrated the Black Sea Day 2015!

It continues to be a good tradition every year, since the first Strategic Action Plan for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea was signed by all riparian countries of the Black Sea on the 31st of October back in 1996 in Istanbul. Since then this important event is commemorated every year in different coastal cities around the Black Sea.

A good tradition to present the Black Sea Medal Awards for the outstanding individual efforts to protect the marine environment of the Black Sea was established and it is being presented every year to one individual from each riparian country around the Black Sea.

The celebrations of the Black Sea Day attract the attention of scientists, politicians, decision-makers and just a wider public to the day-by-day activities related to the protection of the Black Sea. This year we hold these celebrations under support of our partners – projects aimed at supporting the Black Sea regional cooperation - PERSEUS Project: Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas; They presented their achievements to the attention of the Black Sea Commission and our guests from various organizations from the Black Sea coast and beyond.

The celebrations were held on the 30th October, 2015 in Istanbul at Point Hotel Taksim.

31st Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

The 31th Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution was held on 7–8 October, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Meeting approved the work carried out in the 2014/2015 Year and the Annual Work Programme and budget for the 2015/2016 Fiscal Year

The agenda and outcomes of the open session of this meeting you may find at the online section of our web page www.blacksea-commission.org/_onlinedocuments.asp.

Prof. Dr. Galina Shtereva, Scientific Secretary of the Institute of Oceanology - Varna, Bulgaria passed away

We have lost Prof. Dr. Galina Shtereva, Scientific Secretary of the Institute of Oceanology - Varna, Bulgaria

  28th April 2015

We inform with a great sadness that on the 28th April, a prominent scientist, Prof Dr. Galina Shtereva, Scientific Secretary of the Institute of Oceanology of Bulgaria - BAS, Head of the Marine Chemistry Department and a renowned expert on chemistry of marine waters, passed away. Her dedication to the Black Sea and her scientific achievements cannot be underestimated. On behalf of the Black Sea Commission and its Permanent Secretariat, we express deepest and sincerest condolescences to her family and friends. Let her rest in peace.

30th Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

The 30th Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution was held on 19–20 November, 2014 in the premises of its Permanent Secretariat in Istanbul, Turkey.

The agenda and outcomes of the open session of this meeting you may find at the online section of our web page www.blacksea-commission.org/_onlinedocuments.asp.

Celebrating the Black Sea Day 2014

Celebrating the Black Sea Day 2014

The Black Sea community celebrated the Black Sea Day 2014!

It continues to be a good tradition every year, since the first Strategic Action Plan for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea was signed by all riparian countries of the Black Sea on the 31st of October back in 1996 in Istanbul. Since then this important event is commemorated every year in different coastal cities around the Black Sea.

A good tradition to present the Black Sea Medal Awards for the outstanding individual efforts to protect the marine environment of the Black Sea was established and it is being presented every year to one individual from each riparian country around the Black Sea.

y means of organizing such events we try to attract the attention of scientists, politicians, decision-makers and just a wider public to the day-by-day activities related to the protection of the Black Sea. This year we hold these celebrations under support of our partners – projects aimed at supporting the Black Sea regional cooperation - EMBLAS Project: Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea; PERSEUS Project: Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas;
IRIS-SES Project: Integrated Regional Monitoring Implementation Strategy in the South European Seas and MISIS Project: MSFD Guiding improvements in the Black Sea Integrated Monitoring System. They presented their achievements to the attention of the Black Sea Commission and our guests from various organizations from the Black Sea coast and beyond.

The celebrations were held on the 3rd November, 2014 in Istanbul at Point Hotel Taksim.

Oil Spill Preparedness Exercises in the Black Sea

In accordance with the articles of the Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against pollution and its Protocols the Contracting Parties have agreed to cooperate in protecting the marine environment of the Black Sea from potential damages arising from from emergency situations as well as combating pollution of the sea by oil and other harmful substances. The activities undertaken are described in detail here.

Black sea Alpha Exercise - 2014

The Black Sea Alpha Exercise 2014 was successfully comleted.

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The Exercise report may be viewed here. You may download the report here.

Some of the activities of the Black Sea Commission

Joint GFCM-BSC Workshop on IUU Fishing in the Black Sea (Istanbul, Turkey, 25-27 February 2013)

The Joint GFCM-BSC Workshop on IUU fishing was a first activity in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Black Sea Commission and the GFCM signed on 14th May, 2012 in Marrakech, Morocco, during the 36th Session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).

The extent and the nature of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing were carefully assessed by the workshop participants.

A number of presentations were delivered which allowed participants to express their views and feed relevant information to the workshop. The consequences associated to IUU fishing were also examined together with measures available at international and regional level against it.

The National representatives presented the relevant IUU information, including data, legislation and current practices, based on the questionnaire circulated ahead of the workshop; the BSC PS representative made an overview of the regional fishing fleet.

The main outcome of the workshop was development of a roadmap identifying actions, objectives, means and actors of relevance for the Black Sea in order to fight IUU fishing.

Cooperation with BSEC

The 26th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) was held in Belgrade on 11 June 2012. During the meeting, H.E. Ambassador Victor Tvircun from Moldova was elected as the new Secretary General of the BSEC Permanent International Secretariat. H.E. Ambassador Tvircun, who previously served as Minister of Education and Youth as well as Ambassador of Moldova in Ankara, assumed his duties as of 1 July 2012.

On the 19th of July, 2012 Prof. Halil Ibrahim Sur, the Executive Director of the Black Sea Commission’s Permanent Secretariat, paid a visit to the premises of the Headquarters of BSEC PERMIS in order to have an introductory meeting with H.E. Ambassador Victor Tvircun, the newly elected BSEC Executive Secretary. The Parties discussed the opportunities for future cooperation between the two organizations.

Regional Workshop on Implementation of International Dumping Agreements in the Black Sea Region

Istanbul, Turkey, 23-25 February 2011. [more info ...]

Round the Black Sea

Following the historical tour of the Black Sea countries described in Jules Verne's famous book Kéraban le Têtu (Kéraban the Inflexible) the sailing boat Gyatso, manned by David Barker and Lisa Borre is repeating this historical tour to spread the word of the uniqueness of the Black Sea as well as our efforts to protect its environment. Follow the blog of Gyatso's round the Black Sea tour here 

Conference launching the Black Sea Environment Partnership Brussels, 15-16th March 2010

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Ministers

Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution, 16 - 17 April 2009, Sofia, Bulgaria.

[more info] [meeting documents adopted]

Celebrating the Black Sea Day 2013

The celebrations were organized back-to-back with the 4th Biennial Scientific Conference BS-GES 2013 in Mamaia, Romania on 31st October, 2013.

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  • approximately 100 participants from Romania and the other Black Sea countries: officials, scientists, stakeholders, NGOs.

Topics discussed:

  •  project Baltic2Black of BSC PS;
  •  FP7 PERSEUS project;
  • new options to extend the monitoring program of the Black Sea using remote sensing and automated systems;
  • activities of the GFCM Black Sea Working Group for 2012-2013;
  • Adverse Fisheries Impacts on Cetacean Populations in the Black Sea;
  • program for sturgeons revival in the Danube River Basin and adjacent Black Sea;
  • activities implemented by the Junior Ranger Club in the Marine Reserve 2 Mai-Vama Veche, Romania;
  • climate change impact on marine and coastal environment - movie was broadcasted.

This year the follewing prominent scientists were awarded with the Black Sea Medals for their contribution to the protection of the Black Sea environment.

  1. Mr. Atanas PALAZOV, Bulgaria;
  2. Mr. Amiran GIGINEISHVILI, Georgia;
  3. Mr. Gheorghe RADU, Romania;
  4. Mr. Yuriy YURENKO, Russian Federation;
  5. Mr. Mehmet BAŞ, Turkey;
  6. Ms.Natalia MOVCHAN, Ukraine
more information on the Black Sea Medals awards

4th Bi-annual Black Sea Scientific Conference

4th Bi-annual Black Sea Scientific Conference - "Black Sea - Challenges Towards Good Environmental Status (BS-GES)"

Announcement of the 4 BS Scientific Conference

4th Biennial BS Scientific Conference was held on 28-31st October 2013, in Flora Hotel, Mamaia, Romania.

[Abstracts Book]

The Conference sessions:

  1. Pollution and eutrophication.
  2. Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
  3. Socio-economic impact on marine environment.
  4. Integrated Coastal Zone Management.
  5. Climate change and its impact on marine ecosystem.
  6. Ecosystem modeling.


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The objectives of the 4th Biannual Black Sea Scientific Conference were the following:

  • Provide the opportunity to the scientific community to meet and to discuss their achievements in order to improve scientific basis for the implementation of the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan;
  • Update the knowledge on the Black Sea ecosystems identifying the gaps in the scientific data/information; revise the environment priorities and way forward to achieve good environmental status of the Black Sea;
  • Discuss and assess the climate forcing mechanisms of physical, biological and biogeochemical processes at various time-spatial scales;
  • Review the decision-support tools available in the Black Sea region and give recommendations for further developments and their use in the implementation of the BS SAP;
  • Continue the integration of science in decision-making in the field of marine environment protection.

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The main topics of the 4th Bi-annual Black Sea Scientific Conference :

  •  oil pollution and oil spills;
  •  land-based sources of pollution;
  •  eutrophication;
  •  contamination of water, sediments and biota (reference condition, target levels);
  •  methodologies for water quality towards GES;
  •  environmental aspects of shipping;
  •  plankton and benthic populations: long-term changes, distribution patterns and trends;
  •  non-native species: trends in occurrence, spatial and temporal distribution;
  •  food webs structure and functioning; long-term changes and trends;
  •  marine habitats: present status and trends; habitats classification and mapping;
  • reference conditions and environmental targets;
  •  biodiversity indicators development towards good environmental status of the Black Sea;
  • Fisheries and aquaculture, tourism, exploration and exploitation of non-living resources, oil and gas industry, alternative energy;
  •  Marine industries and urban development; policy and management options for recovery of the Black Sea resources;
  •  Maritime spatial planning;
  •  State of the Black Sea coast;
  •  Marine and coastal protected areas;
  •  Coastal erosion;
  •  Change in CO2 fluxes, carbon sequestration, biogeochemical cycles, acidification, hydrology, hydrophysics;
  •  Recent ecosystem modelling activities in the Black Sea region.

The Conference was jointly organized by the Black Sea Commission, Ministry of Environment and Climate Changes of Romania and National Institute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa" Constanta. Back-to-back with this important scientific event for the Black Sea region, other two activities were organized: Celebration of International Black Sea Day and the 6th edition of the NIMRD International Symposium "Protection and Sustainable Management of the Black Sea Ecosystem - 3rd Millennium Imperative".

 

Participants in the events:

  • Approximately 150 scientists and stakeholders
  • 52 oral presentations
  • 90 posters

The Conclusions and Recommendations of the Conference

  • Continue the harmonization process in the Black Sea region in term of monitoring and assessment of marine environment in order to define GES for the Black Sea and ensure the data availability;
  • Strengthen the collaboration between science, industry, other stakeholders and decision-makers for the same purpose;
  •  Continue and strengthen the collaboration within the scientific community towards common goal of protecting the marine environment;
  • Need for further application of holistic ecosystem-based approach and international joint actions for better management of the marine environment.

Other events

 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.

Read full article here

 6th International Conference "Protection of Natural Resources and Environmental Managmenet: The main tools for sustainablity

6th International Conference "Protection of Natural Resources and Environmental Managmenet: The main tools for sustainablity

Organized by BENA (Balkan Environmnental Association) and Romanian Academy

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 TU-BENA Office Opening

TU-BENA Office Opening

On 16th September 2015 it was organised the Official opening of the new National Turkish Bureau of BENA (TU-BENA) in the Urban and Environmental Planning and Research Centre of Istanbul Technical University (ITU). The opening was made by the Vice Rector of ITU Prof. Dr. Ali Fuat Aydin. The new Chair of TU-BENA Prof. Dr. A. Yildizci replace the retiring Chair Prof. Dr. H. H. Tok. To Prof. Dr. H. H. Tok was awarded by the President of the International Board of BENA, Prof. Dr. F. K. Vosniakos the Diploma of Excellence for his 15 years fruitful contribution to BENA in Turkey. The TU-BENA consists of the Chair Prof. Dr. A. Yildiaci, Vice-Chair Ass. Prof. Dr. Η. Ε. Tuncay and its members Prof. Dr. Y. Kurucu, Ass. Prof. Dr. N. Ciliz, Prof. Dr. O. Demirel and Ass. Prof. Dr C. Y. Demec

The opening was honored by the Vice-President of BENA International Board Dr. C. Zanbak and the Secretariat of the BENA International S. E. Europe Research, Dr. M. Golumbeanu.

 

 

 MEDCOAST 15, 06-10 Oct 2015, Varna, Bulgaria

MEDCOAST 15, 06-10 Oct 2015, Golden Sands, Varna, Bulgaria  

The twelfth event of the MEDCOAST's biennial international conference series on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment (MEDCOAST 15) will take place at the premises of the ultra-all-inclusive Grifid Bolero Hotel at Golden Sands, Varna, Bulgaria during 06-10 October 2015. The web page of the conference is at the address (www.conference.medcoast.net). The deadline for online abstract submission will expire on 15 May 2015.

Since the first conference in 1993, the past eleven events of the MEDCOAST conference series have brought together researchers, planners, designers, managers, policy makers, national and local administrators, developers and NGOs from a wide spectrum of nationalities, who have interest in coastal and marine science, conservation, policy and management in general and in the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian seas in particular.

All papers presented (oral or poster) in the MEDCOAST conferences are peer-reviewed and printed in the proceedings which are covered by the major conference proceedings indexing systems such as the ISI Thomson, Scopus and Compendex. Authors of the selected papers from the proceedings are invited for thematic special issues of the leading coastal and marine journals.

All interested people are invited to upload on-line their abstract(s) by 15 May, following the instructions provided at the conference web page and to be with us at Golden Sands, Varna in October for a rewarding and enjoyable international gathering.

 

Important dates:

  • Online abstract submission deadline :           15 May 2015
  • Notification of accepted abstracts :                31 May 2015
  • Deadline for proposing special sessions :     15 July 2015
  • Full manuscript submission deadline :           30 July 2015

 

TOPICS OF MEDCOAST 15

A. Coastal systems, Conservation issues

Geography, geology, geomorphology, sedimentology;

Coastal oceanography;

Coastal and marine ecosystems, biology and ecology;

Marine mammals, endangered species;

Conservation issues, biodiversity, exotic & invasive species;

Coastal ecosystems management;

Rehabilitation of damaged ecosystems;

Coastal and marine protected areas;

Coastal landscapes;

 

 

B. Integrated Coastal Management (ICM)

 

Theoretical framework and case reports;

Coastal management tools and instruments, databases;

Coastal and marine policy, science and policy integration;

Coastal governance, institutional arrangements;

International efforts and programs in ICM;

Legal, economic and social issues;

Environmental / ecological economics;

Education, public involvement & NGO role, media role;

Evaluation of ICM impacts, coastal management indicators;

Demonstration pilot projects;

 

 

C. Coastal management issues

 

Coastal and submarine archaeology, management of ancient sites, monuments and ship wrecks;

Coastal wetlands, dunes, estuaries, deltas and lagoons;

Beaches and their management;

Coastal water resources and watershed management;

Water quality management, water and sediment pollution, land based sources, hazardous wastes, algal blooms, bio- indicators of pollution and monitoring, pollution control;

Marine litter, solid wastes management;

Trans-boundary pollution issues, legal context;

Environmental impacts, coastal degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA);

Disaster prevention, mitigation and management;

Climate change impacts and adaptation strategies;

 

 

D. Sustainable development of coastal/marine areas

 

Sustainable development concerns, indicators, sustainable development of coastal and marine resources;

Blue economy issues, Integrated Marine Policy (IMP), coastal and maritime spatial planning (CMSP);

Urban development issues, waterfront renovation;

Coastal tourism planning and management, ecotourism, recreation, marine tourism;

Living resources, fisheries, mariculture;

Marine transportation issues, oil transport;

Marine energy issues;

Sitting of major industrial facilities;

 

 

E. Coastal engineering, Modelling, Decision support systems, Data management

 

Coastal, environmental and ecosystem modelling;

Coastal hydrodynamics;

Coastal sediment transport and erosion;

Coastal processes and erosion, shoreline management;

Coastal and ecocoastal engineering;

Water level changes, sea level rise and consequences;

Coastal and marine monitoring, databases, SDI;

Use of remote sensing technology and geographic information systems in coastal management.

 BENA-CERN Meeting in Geneva

BENA-CERN Meeting in Geneva

During 5-7 March the President and the Scientific Secretary of ISSE/BENA invited to CERN (European Center of Nuclear Research) to discuss possibility of collaboration between BENAand CERN on the following proposing by BENA topics:

  1.  B.EN.A Members to have the possibility to collaborate with various working groupsof CERN and particular with the Environmental Group of CERN. The actual way howthis will be realized is a matter that we define in due time.
  2.  TRAINING: BENA will provide its infrastructure in Romania, Serbia, FYR Macedonia,Bulgaria, Croatia, Albania and B.EN.A members specialists with CERN experts tovarious topics in order to teach local teachers, etc focusing to upgrade theirknowledge on: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, Informatics, etc. CERN will coverdirectly the expenses, (paying directly to the teachers, administratives andtechnicians).
  3.  WORKSHOPS: CERN and B.EN.A will co-organize in different domains, in variouscities – countries workshops aiming each time to different participants (publicservants, private companies, international bodies, etc). B.EN.A will take theresponsibility of the organization of the workshops and CERN will cover thenecessary expenses.
  4.  CONFERENCES: CERN – B.EN.A will organize an annual Conference every 2 years(starting from 2016 in CERN Geneva) relating to ENVIRONMENT AND MEDICINE(PUBLIC HEALTH). This Conference could be in different country after 2016.

The meeting with the Environmental Group (Unit) of CERN after long discussions and mutualunderstanding with the presence of the Deputy Head of International Relations of CERNdecided to proceed with the signature of MoU between BENA and CERN focusing to theabove 4 topics which BENA proposed from the beginning and CERN accepted with pleasure.

Meeting with Env.Group of CERN and the Dept.Head of
International Relations with BENA representatives
Meeting with the General Director Dr.R.D.Heuer, Dept.Head of
Int.Relations Prof.E.Tsesmelis and President and Scientific
Secretariat of BENA, Prof.F.Vosniakos and Dr.M.Golumbeanu

 Bena conferences in 2015

BENA conferences announcement

  5th BENA International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development, University “1 December 1918”, Alba Iulia, Romania, 28-30 May 2015.

  BENA International Conference “Sea and Coastal Development in the frame of Sustainability- MACODESU2015” , Kara Deniz University, Trabzon, Turkey, 18-20 September 2015.

  BENA International Conference “Marine and Fresh Water Ecology and Protection”, Tuscia University of Viterbo, Italy, 2-4 October 2015.

 4th BSC-HELCOM Workshop on Eutrophication and Pollution and Pre-meeting

The 4th BSC-HELCOM Workshop on eutrophication and pollution and pre-meeting was held on 26-28th November, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. This expert workshop was titled „Towards reaching a good status of the Baltic and Black Seas: lessons learnt in Baltic2Black and ways forward”. The workshop was preceded by a short meeting on 26 November 2013 to plan the future cooperation between Baltic Sea and Black Sea networks.

The overall aim of the workshop is to continue exchange of knowledge and learning from the long experience gained in the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea on the semi-enclosed brackish-water ecosystems.

A secondary aim of the workshop is to summarize the results of the activities implemented during the three years of the EU funded Baltic2Black Project concerning the best practices in assessing eutrophication, developing common indicators and nutrient reduction scheme.

The Commissions are confident that it is extremely important to maintain the dialogue created between the experts from both regions, encouraging them to continue the collaboration beyond the life time of this project.