The development of the project Copernicus assisted environmental monitoring across the Black Sea Basin – PONTOS is a response to a number of existing and actual environmental calls. Shelf waters, coastal and deltaic areas being extensively and intensively used are likely the most vulnerable zones within the Black Sea Basin (BSB), where anthropogenic activities coupled with global climate change, dramatically impact the natural habitats, biodiversity, and ecosystems.
The Virtual Guide for Historic Black Sea Cross Border Sites and Heritage Assets has the goal to raise awareness about the necessity for the preservation of cultural and natural heritage. This is an interactive tool that will allow visitors locating sites and assets on the map, have a virtual tour in those locations and also discover their history and learn other interesting information.
The project Developing Ecotourism Net in Black Sea region ECOTOUR-NET (BSB79) is proposing to develop eco-tourism activities in 5 regions from Turkey, Ukraine, Greece, Georgia and Bulgaria introducing 18 routes (10 cycling, 6 hiking, 2 educational tour routes) and 48 locations (4 bird watching and 32 recreational location, 10 photobank and 2 local products selling locations).
The project Piloting Modern Trading Opportunities in Agriculture through Creation of the Innovative Online Platform – AgroNet was implemented during June 2018 – December 2020. The project was leaded by Georgian Institute of Public Affairs Georgia and with the involvement of the project partners Elva Community Engagement from Georgia, Varna Economic Development Agency from Bulgaria and SMART Development Center from Romania the intended results are achieved and are used by the target group.
Green Balkans together with Community Centre “Prosveta-1888”, Pomorie organizes a contest for children’s drawings “I protect biodiversity from pollution”, with an emphasis on Pomorie Lake and other wetlands in the Burgas region – lakes, swamps. The contest is organized in the framework of the project “Eco-Conscious Minds to Stop Pollution in the Valuable Wetlands of Black Sea Basin”, BSB142 BioLearn.
This year’s Black Sea Action Day has arrived while the world is facing the coronavirus pandemic, a global epidemic unlike any other most of us have experienced. National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa” from Romania and Turkish Marine Research Foundation from Turkey, beneficiaries of the project “Assessing the vulnerability of the Black Sea marine ecosystem to human pressures – ANEMONE”, invited online the stakeholders to celebrate, discuss, brainstorm together the Strategic Action Plan for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea.
Via Pontica Foundation and the Municipality of Burgas conducted on 30 September 2020 a clean-up action of the beach north of the “Chernomorski solnici” (Black Sea salt pans), located 10 km from Bourgas. The volunteers from the English Highschool “Geo Milev” from Burgas came together for the third major beach clean-up organised on Solnitsite beach –Salt Pans Beach by the partner teams of the project “Innovative Techniques and Methods for Reducing Marine Litter in the Black Sea Coastal Areas”.
The launching conference of the project “BeECO – Joint actions for environmental protection in Black Sea Basin” was held on 25 September 2020, in Yerevan. In Armenia, the project is managed by the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development.
During 14-18 September 2020, 20 members from the project team are attending the online workshop on PRIMER 7 software. The workshop delivered by the Plymouth Marine Laboratory introduces to the participants the latest updates on PRIMER v7 which provides a wide range of univariate, graphical and multivariate routines for analysing arrays of species-by-samples data from community ecology.