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'Blueing the Black Sea' - survey now open!

The World Bank-funded Blueing the Black Sea (BBSEA) Regional Initiative recently launched an open consultation (online survey) on the state of pollution of marine waters in the Black Sea.

For further information, see the related press release.

Latest Newsletter - 'Common Maritime Agenda News'

The latest edition of the 'Common Maritime Agenda News' has been published, including all recent Black Sea Assistance Mechanism updates.

Post Event - 11th Black Sea Symposium

The International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) successfully hosted its 11th International Black Sea Symposium, on "A collective recovery for the Black Sea Region in the post-covid era”, on 20 April 2021.

The online event was moderated by Dr. Gerasimos RODOTHEATOS, Public International Law Teaching Scholar at Panteion University of Athens.

15th issue of the BSEC Newsletter “News from the Black Sea".

Kindly find herewith the 15th issue of the BSEC Newsletter “News from the Black Sea”.

You will find in topic the presentation of the National Hubs, key elements in the implementation of the Common Maritime Agenda. 

We hope you will enjoy reading it!

H2020 DigiCirc - Blue Economy Market Consultation

DigiCirc (@DigiCirc) is an #H2020 #I INNOSUP project that aims to boost the #circulareconomy using digital tools by supporting innovative #SMEs in the development and marketing of solutions based on circular value chains through 3 acceleration programs on the following themes:

"#Circularcities", "#BlueEconomy" and "#Bioeconomy".


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.