The project “Assessing the vulnerability of the Black Sea marine ecosystem to human pressures” has completed the second round of national stakeholder engagement workshops. While the first round was dedicated to marine litter, the second was focused on cetacean monitoring and finding ways of stakeholder involvement in dolphin monitoring activities.
Totally, 8 public engagement workshops were organized in 4 countries around the Black Sea with more than 350 participants.
If in the past few years, it became common to hold meetings and discussions with various stakeholders, these workshops represented the opportunity for citizens to discuss with other stakeholders the two major topics. ANEMONE project offered the occasion for scientist and non-scientist to interact, share knowledge and collaborate. Citizens did not represent a target group and stakeholder in the past, but now they become a focus group from the Black Sea countries, for the topics addressed.
The main conclusions from these workshops are:
The first meeting of the Joint Programming Committee – body responsible for the preparation of the Interreg NEXT (Neighbourhood External) Black Sea Basin Programme 2021-2027 – was held on the 29th of January 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The eligible participating countries of the new Programme involves ten states from the Black Sea Basin: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine.
The new generation of projects to be funded under the Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020 has been approved by the Joint Monitoring Committee during the meeting held in Odessa, Ukraine, on 17th of September 2019.