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EU project to improve knowledge and preservation of Pontocaspian species

Documenting and understanding the evolution and the demise of the Pontocaspian biota.

Since the 1930s, the unique endemic aquatic biota of the Caspian-Black Sea region is facing a biodiversity crisis as it is severely affected by anthropogenic activities such as habitat destruction, invasive species and pollution.

Public-Private Partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects in the Black Sea region

The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) has unveiled an innovative new platform, to be launched shortly, to attract investment in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects in the Black Sea region. The Online PPP-BSTDB Center is supported by the Black Sea Project Promotion Facility, a technical assistance fund financed by a grant from the Russian Federation to the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation BSEC.

How an invasive sea snail triggered cooperation in the Black Sea

The Black Sea is nearly as lifeless as a foreign planet. At its surface, however, it hosts a rich and productive ecosystem providing the lifeblood of coastal communities for millennia. It is in this fertile environment that the invasive species, Rapana venosa (commonly known as rapa whelk), settled and rapidly reproduced, threatening local ecosystems through its prodigious appetite for other molluscs. Rapa whelk was first observed in the Black Sea in 1947.