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  • How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected Blue Economy in the Black Sea region? Potential response actions

    An online workshop to exchange views on the initial impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on key sectors of the Blue Economy in the Black Sea region, i.e. coastal and maritime tourism, maritime transport, fisheries and aquaculture. Particular attention will be paid on identifying potential response actions, also through the regional framework provided by the Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea.
    Draft Agenda
     
    Moderator: Mr. Stavros KALOGNOMOS, Executive Secretary, Balkan and Black Sea Commission (BBSC), Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR)

    Opening RemarksRegional dimension of the impact of Covid-19 and the importance to reinforce cooperation
    Mr. Alexandru ENE, Director for the Western Balkans and Regional Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania (tbc)

    Panelists: 
    The strategic role of the Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea in supporting a coherent and coordinated response
    Mr. Christos ECONOMOU, Head of Unit Sea-basin Strategies, Maritime Regional Cooperation and Maritime Security, DG MARE

    Challenges and potential response actions:

    Coastal and Maritime Tourism sector
    Mr. Peter JANECH, Senior Officer, Department for Europe UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

    Maritime Transport
    Ms. Nadezhda BUHOVA, Director of European Coordination and International Relations Directorate and Coordinator of the Steering Group on the Common Maritime Agenda, Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Fisheries and Aquaculture
    Mr. Konstantin PETROV, GFCM Subregional Coordinator for the Black Sea

    Q&A Session
  • Kick-off Meeting I Brussels

    The kick-off meeting of the Black Sea CONNECT, took place on 10-11 December 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

    The Black Sea CONNECT is a Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action project that aims to support the Blue Growth Initiative for Research and Innovation in the Black Sea for the implementation of the Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and promotion of a shared vision for a productive, healthy, resilient and sustainable Black Sea by 2030. he initiative will help to deeper connect Black Sea societies through a bridge of new knowledge, technologies, and services. The initiative aims to foster human and infrastructure capacity building in coastal, marine, and maritime sectors in view of unlocking unique opportunities for a sustainable and environmentally friendly blue growth in the Black Sea.


    The Black Sea CONNECT is METU-IMS led consortium which involves fourteen organizations from nine countries; the Black Sea coastal countries, namely the Republic of Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Turkey, Ukraine as well as Republic of Moldova and European Union countries Germany and France.

    The kick-off meeting program of Black Sea CONNECT started off with a launch reception kindly hosted by the Turkish Business and Industry Association (TUSIAD) where Dilek Aydın, TUSIAD Representative and Kemal Bozay, the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the EU, together with Mehmet Zeyrek, Middle East Technical University Vice Rector welcomed the attendees to the reception.

    On day 1, Sigi Gruber, Head of Unit of Healthy Seas and Oceans of Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit, Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment of the Directorate-General for EU Maritime & Fish (DG MARE) also joined the Ambassador, the Vice-Rector and Baris Salihoglu, the Director of Middle East Technical University Institute of Marine Sciences. Later in the day, the work planned for the 3-year project, milestones and deliverables were presented and discussed. A roundtable session was held with the representatives of countries involved and Sigi Gruber as the representative of the European Commission (EC) for discussing the national agendas for implementing SRIA moderated by Ana Teresa Caetano, Policy Officer in the DG RTD.
    Day 2 started with a panel session on the broader sea basin policy landscape with the perspectives of John Bell, Director of Healthy Planet Directorate in DG RTD, Christos Economou, Head of Unit of the Sea Basin Strategies, Maritime Regional Cooperation and Maritime Security in DG MARE and Radoslaw Darski, Deputy Head of Division in European External Action Service – EEAS. A common message among panellists was the importance of such Black Sea CONNECT for using science as a bridge to bring communities across the world together, protecting Europe’s Ecosystems and biodiversity and the overall contribution of the project in the new direction of the Union with the recently launched Green Deal by the EC. The meeting is wrapped up after sessions of project-specific technicalities and internal Consortium meeting.

    We would like to express our sincere gratitude to those who joined us. With the excellent support we have received in these two days, we are now excited more than ever to work tirelessly for a productive, healthy, resilient, and sustainable Black Sea in the next three years.

  • National Black Sea SRIA Workshops

    National SRIA Consultations will now be online!


    National Black Sea SRIA Workshop aims to identify and set the national priorities within SRIA and provide concrete input to the Implementation Plan with tangible actions.


    With the national-level feedback collected by workshops, the SRIA will be updated to define key framework conditions for the SRIA implementation with the contribution of the various stakeholder groups including policymakers, regulatory agencies, researchers, and end-users. This will also support the establishment of an operational stakeholder network based on the four pillars defined in the draft version of SRIA. The inputs provided by each pillar of the SRIA on needs, gaps and priorities will be analysed, considering the research and innovation priorities for the Black Sea identified by recent and on-going relevant initiatives and projects.

    Five national workshops will be conducted within the next one month all over the Black Sea.

    Save the dates of upcoming events!

    • Turkey, 16 September 2020 (See the draft agenda below)
    • Bulgaria, 24 September 2020 (See the draft agenda below)
    • Romania & Moldova, 24 September 2020
    • Georgia, 28 September 2020
    • Ukraine, 15 October 2020

    Stay tuned for more information about registration and programme updates.

  • The Decade I Venice

    This event will provide a forum to gather ocean leaders/champions/key stakeholders to further discuss and prioritize the issues identified at the First Global Planning Meeting.

    Following the First Global Planning Meeting, held in May 2019 (Denmark), a Mediterranean Workshop will be convened 21-23 January 2020, in Venice (Italy) hosted by the Italian Oceanographic Commission and co-organized with the IOC-UNESCO, the European Commission, the United Nations Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) and the Mediterranean Science Commission.

    This event will provide a forum to gather ocean leaders/champions/key stakeholders to further discuss and prioritize the issues identified at the First Global Planning Meeting. Plenary and working groups will facilitate regional, interdisciplinary discussions across sectors (such as: ocean science and technology; ocean policy and sustainable development; business and industry; NGOs and civil society; donors and foundations) to identify concrete deliverables and partnerships to meet the Decade’s six societal objectives.

    Location: Venice

  • 2nd Workshop Towards the Implementation of the CMA

    Organized by Facility for Blue Growth in the Black Sea, the workshop aimed to support project initiatives in line with the Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea (CMA) and the SRIA.

    Special thanks to Adrian Stanica from GeoEcoMar for his SRIA presentation and to the organizers.

  • Postponed: European Maritime Day 2020 | Cork

    Update: Due to closures relating to Covid-19, European Maritime Day, originally scheduled to take place 14-15 May, 2020 will be postponed until later in the year. No new date has been set but additional information will be on the EMD website as it’s made available.

    The European Maritime Day (EMD) Conference and Expo is the annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and forge joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy. 

    EMD Conference and Expo is the place where ‘Ocean Leaders Meet’. It provides an interactive experience to catch up on the current state of play on a broad range of issues concerning the blue economy and the marine environment and discuss ways of moving forward. It features a large number of excellent speakers, multiple breakout sessions and project pitch sessions organised by stakeholders and European Commission services as well as hundreds of B2B meetings. EMD targets professionals from businesses, governments, public institutions, NGOs and academia.

    The 2020 European Maritime Day will take place on 14-15 May 2020 in Cork, Ireland.

    Black Sea community will be there for cross-regional cooperation. 

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