Among all natural hazards, earthquakes lead to the highest number of fatalities: after severe storms, these cause the second highest annual economic losses. From 2006 to 2015, Europe experienced 21 earthquake-related disasters that resulted in 1.049 fatalities, more than 18 billion Euros in economic losses, and affected 284.000 people. Due to such events and the severity of their consequences, risk awareness and perception of seismic threats have increased over the years among the public and decision makers in many European countries.
Following the regional needs assessment report for the development of experiential tourism in Armenia prepared by the partners of the project Promoting Heritage- and Culture based Experiential Tourism in the Black Sea Basin – PRO EXTOUR (BSB1145), it became clear that the Heritage and Cultural-Based Experiential Tourism in Armenia (HCBET) is considered to be one of the key pillars of the tourism development, based on the discovery and usage of the hidden potential of the centuries-old Armenian rich culture.
Within the project Zero Waste Strategy: Methods and Implementation in Black Sea Basin – ZeroWasteBSB (BSB788), a pilot action will be implemented with a Zero Waste System covering all 39 villages belonging to Kirklareli, Vize and Demirkoy Districts with a Black Sea Coast Line.
Agriculture is one of the main economic and social pillars in the countries of the Black Sea Basin. However, its development has been seriously challenged by insufficient sustainability, poor adaptation to climate change, underutilization of the regional resources and of the enlarging marketing niche for organic produce. The transformation of this sector and the adoption of practices in the Black Sea Basin that are “climate-smart” has to happen quickly and on mass basis but the only way to do it is by involving all the stakeholders in agricultural industry – young farmers, and professionals, business sectoral organizations, interest groups (NGOs), higher education and research institutions.
Constructed in Kutaisi, Georgia, in the framework of the project Waste Free Rivers for a Clean Black Sea – MWM-GMR (BSB457), the composting site covers around 3000 sq. m. and for each stage of the composting process a dedicated section is organized: delivery/screening area, composting area, compost curing area, and the storage.
City Council of Bolgrad from Ukraine, one of the beneficiaries of the project Development and promotion of the common heritage – DPCH (BSB1010) gather a volunteer group to support the project team to run the activities. There are 44 volunteers involved, divided into two groups: the youngsters (age 14-19) and the adults (age 20-67). The beneficiary considers that involving the volunteers in the city projects is a win-win situation: the municipality gains the community confidence while the volunteers connect to their community and make it a better place.
The lead beneficiary of the project Development and promotion of the common heritage – DPCH (BSB1010) finalized the reconstruction and modernization of the Dora Gabe -1940 Community Cultural Center in the village of Dubovik, Bulgaria.
The partnership of the project Green tourism and historical heritage – a stepping stone for the development of the Black Sea basin – GreeTHIS (BSB305) invites you to discover Bulgaria – the heart of the Balkans with its explicit combination of the unique nature embedding excellent tourism opportunities due to the mild climate of four seasons, the warm sea to the East, the mountain peaks to the South West and the majestic Stara Planina mountain crossing the whole country.