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The 14th issue of the "News from the Black Sea" is out, covering major events carried out at the end of 2020, giving a glimpse of the latest stories in the region.

The Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea Regional Stakeholders conference that was held on 10 December 2020 is highlighted in the text, mentioning the possible creation of a "Black Sea Brand" on Eco-tourism within the Black Sea Marine Protected Area and a network of “Green Ports” in the Black Sea.

Boosting positive tourism impact in the Black Sea

What is the real impact of tourism to local environment?

Tourism has been steadily growing at the Black Sea while the challenges affecting the sustainability of the sector (environmental pressures, peak visits in limited areas, poor overall visibility, etc.) have risen at the same rate (until this year). This very dynamic sector should be supported with Tourism 4.0 technologies to make strategic data-driven decisions and more effective policy measures.

ICBSS to lead two projects on tourism and entrepreneurship

Some very good news at the beginning of 2021!

The ICBSS is glad to announce that will lead the activities of two projects on tourism and entrepreneurship.

More specifically:

1) Sustainable Small-Scale Cruising/Yachting in the Black Sea, in cooperation with prominent experts and scientific partners from the region,

“Support to the Implementation of the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Dimension, Northern Dimension and the Black Sea Synergy- BSEC PERMIS”

A Grant Contract, entitled “Support to the Implementation of the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Dimension, Northern Dimension and the Black Sea Synergy- BSEC PERMIS” has been signed on 28.12.2020 by the BSEC PERMIS Secretary General Ambassador Michael B. CHRISTIDES and Mr. Vassilis MARAGOS, Head of Unit, Directorate General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR), on behalf of the European Commission.

Monitoring discards in Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries: methodology for data collection

Discards – the part of the catch that is not retained on board, which may include target species or any other (commercial and non-commercial) species that are returned at sea dead or alive – usually result in a reduction of harvesting opportunities and may have negative consequences on the stocks, ecosystems and the marine environment.

Sustainable Fishing Tourism as a Tool to Strength the Blue Economy

The main objective of the project is to provide mentors/trainers and adult training organisations, effective training programs in order to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit of adult learners and develop new entrepreneurial initiative in the maritime sectors.

In order to facilitate the learning and personalization of training courses, FIT4BLUE foresees the development of an open EU online platform through which users (mentors and adults/workers linked with coastal economy) can benefit from learning in an autonomous way.

Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries are turning the corner on overexploitation

New report shows that while most fish stocks remain overexploited, the number of stocks subject to overfishing has decreased for the first time in decades.  After decades of increasing human pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Sea marine ecosystems and fisheries resources, the latest data suggest that a corner is finally being turned on overexploitation of the region’s vital fish stocks.


Paving the way to resilient and sustainable blue economy flagship projects

10 December 2020, 10.00 – 13.30 EET


Hosted by the Bulgarian Presidency of the CMA, and in partnership with SRIA and the European Commission, the second Black Sea Common Maritime Agenda Regional stakeholders´ conference was held online on December 10th.

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.