Black Sea Projects

The Black Sea Virtual Knowledge Centre (BSVKC)

The Black Sea Virtual Knowledge Centre (BSVKC) is a project supported by the European Commission (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) and managed by the Permanent International Secretariat of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC PERMIS) for a duration of 24 months. The objective of the BSVKC is to provide a centralized platform for information on the Blue Economy in the Black Sea and to improve synergies between stakeholders and Blue Economy related projects in the region.
EU Funded

ANEMONE: Assessing the vulnerability of the Black Sea marine ecosystem to human pressures (ongoing)

ANEMONE aims to assess the status of the Black Sea, through collaborative efforts and harmonized methods among partners, which are National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa” (NIMRD) (Coordinator), Mare Nostrum, Institute of Oceanology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IO-BAS), Ukrainian Scientific Center of Ecology of Sea (UkrSCES), Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey – Marmara Research Center (TUBITAK-MAM) and Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV).
EU Funded

BS-ERA.NET Networking on Science and Technology in the Black Sea Region

This is an ERA-NET project for Networking on Science and Technology in The Black Sea Region and a framework to network and mutually open national and regional research, leading to concrete cooperation in the frame of a Black Sea Research Programme (BSRP), conducting the development and implementation of joint programmes and activities in the region.
EU Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7)

Black Sea SCENE and Upgrade Black Sea SCENE

The predecessor Black Sea SCENE project has established a Black Sea Scientific Network of leading environmental and socio-economic research institutes, universities and NGO’s from the countries around the Black Sea and has developed a distributed virtual data and information infrastructure that is populated and maintained by these organisations to improve the identification, access, exchange, quality indication and use of their data and information about the Black Sea.
EU Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP6)

COCONET (Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas (from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea-based wind energy potential)

CoCoNet focused on the Mediterranean and the Black Seas and its objectives were the production of: 1- Guidelines for the institution of networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs); 2 - Smart Wind Chart evaluating the feasibility of Offshore Wind Farms (OWFs).
EU Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7)

DANUBIUS-RI: The International Centre for Advanced Studies on River Sea Systems

DANUBIUS-RI is a new pan-European, distributed Research Infrastructure, in the final year of its Preparatory Phase with funding from the European Union's HORIZON 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 739562. DANUBIUS-RI, which has been on the ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) Roadmap since 2016 and is a Flagship Project of EUSDR (EU Strategy for the Danube Region) is planned to become operational in 2023.
EU Framework Programme for Research and Development (HORIZON 2020)

DEKOSIM: National Excellence Centre in Marine Ecosystem and Climate Research

The Centre for Marine Ecosystems and Climate Research (DEKOSIM) is the leading oceanographic research centre in Turkey and builds upon 40 years experience of METU Institute of Marine Sciences. Established in 2012, DEKOSIM is currently able to conduct regional comprehensive oceanographic research, including the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Although DEKOSIM has reached a certain level of research excellence, the region is still under-researched with a limited capacity and infrastructure to explore integrated atmosphere- land-marine interactions and processes.
Turkey

EMBLAS-PLUS: Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea

The project will be implemented in the context of the ENI Regional East Strategy Paper (2014-2020)6; Regional East Multiannual Indicative Programme (2017-2020) and the Joint Operational Programme for the Black Sea Basin 2014-20208. The project is part of the ENI East Regional Action Programme 2017, Part 2: Support to the Implementation of the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Dimension and the Implementation of the Northern Dimension and the Black Sea Synergy.
Selected Measures – EU / UNDP

ERA.Net RUS Strengthening STI links between Russia and the European Research Area

The project will be implemented in the context of the ENI Regional East Strategy Paper (2014-2020)6; Regional East Multiannual Indicative Programme (2017-2020) and the Joint Operational Programme for the Black Sea Basin 2014-20208. The project is part of the ENI East Regional Action Programme 2017, Part 2: Support to the Implementation of the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Dimension and the Implementation of the Northern Dimension and the Black Sea Synergy.
EU Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7)

MISIS Black Sea Marine Atlas

MISIS Black Sea Marine Atlas is a GIS application that provides user-friendly information to decision-makers on to the open public and facilitates the monitoring of Black Sea waters. Web-based coastal atlas plays an important role in informing regional decision and policy making across a variety of themes and it also represents a portal to coastal data and information from diverse sources.
Financed by the EC

MARSPLAN-BS II: Cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning for Black Sea

The Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds coordinates the implementation of the Cross-Border Maritime Spatial Plan for the Black-Sea – Romania and Bulgaria (MARSPLAN - BS), which purpose is to contribute to ensuring an integrated approach for the entire Black Sea cross-border area between Romania and Bulgaria in order to implement in the two countries, the provisions of Directive 2014/89/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the maritime spatial planning.
Bulgaria and Romania (funded by the European Commission (DG MARE), Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) of the European Union

MASRI (Infrastructure for sustainable development of marine research linked to the membership of Bulgaria in Euro-Argo EU infrastructure)

MASRI is a Project of the national roadmap for scientific infrastructure (2017-2023), as a component of the Operational Program” Science and education for smart growth” coordinated by the Institute of Oceanology- BAS.  It is aimed at integration of national marine research capacity of all 8 partners into a distributed large-scale, interdisciplinary multifunctional (physics, chemistry, biology, geology, aquacultures, medicine, energy, underwater and offshore technologies) marine research infrastructure that will provide unique facilities (including databases and computer network) widely accessible at national, regional and international level for multidisciplinary research.
Bulgaria

PEGASO – People for Ecosystem-based Governance in Assessing Sustainable development of Ocean and coast

This project was cross-basin effort for further developing Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The main objective of PEGASO was to build on existing capacities and apply common novel approaches to support integrated policies for the coastal, marine and maritime realms of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Basins in ways, that are consistent with and relevant to the implementation of the ICZM Protocol in the Mediterranean, and for adjusting and applying the same model to the needs of the Black Sea.
EU Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7)

PERSEUS (Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research in the Southern EUropean Seas)

The PERSEUS project studied the dual impact of human activity and natural pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The project combined natural and socio-economic sciences to predict the long-term effects of these pressures on marine ecosystems.  The key to solving environmental problems on seas and coasts lies with a research governance framework that engages scientists, policymakers and the public. The PERSEUS project developed such a scheme, which resulted in a shared understanding and science-based decisions in line with tools like the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).
EU Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7)

SEAS-ERA Towards Integrated Marine Research Strategy and Programmes

SEAS-ERA was a partnership of the leading Marine R&D Funding Organisations in 18 countries, including Black Sea EU and non-EU countries. In brief, SEAS-ERA aimed to constitute a platform for developing a European integrated policy oriented structure to promote knowledge and expertise in any sea related area; the overarching element of SEAS-ERA, was its ambition to embrace the whole spectrum of marine and maritime research, making it an open forum for knowledge sharing, a real arena where all the sea related knowledge can meet.
EU Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7) ERA-NET