Co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal in Lisbon from 27 June to 1 July 2022, the UN Ocean Conference was held to prioritize actions for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas, and marine resources to foster sustainable development worldwide.
At the side event titled “Planning and Sustainability in Adaptation to Climate Change,” hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization, and Climate Change of the Republic of Türkiye, Black Sea CONNECT project coordinator, Prof. Baris Salihoglu, had the privilege to introduce the Black Sea CONNECT project to a diverse and enthusiastic audience.
Prof. Salihoglu also served as a keynote speaker at a side event organized by TUDAV, focusing on “Managing, Protecting, Conserving, and Restoring Marine and Coastal Ecosystems.” During this event, he eloquently presented how SRIA and its implementation plan address the impact of invasive species. As well as emphasizing the Black Sea CONNECT objectives, Prof. Salihoglu also highlighted the activities of Black Sea Young Ambassadors to identify native and invasive mollusk species.
Throughout the entire week of the UN Ocean Conference 2022, our project manager, Pınar Uygurer, alongside Prof. Salihoglu, actively participated in various events, ensuring that Black Sea CONNECT’s efforts and dedication towards preserving the Black Sea’s unique ecosystem were well-represented on a global stage.