ANEMONE Workshop on Tools and indicators for the integrated assessment of Black Sea environmental status (19-20 June, Istanbul, Turkey)

During 19-20 June 2019, the ”Workshop on tools and indicators for integrated assessment of Black Sea environmental status” was organized in the frame of the ANEMONE Project (”Assessing the vulnerability of the Black Sea marine ecosystem to human pressures”).

General objective of the workshop

  • To share experience and apply indices in a coordinated manner in order to obtain a regional assessment of the Black Sea status
  • To evaluate the suitability of NEAT (Nested Environmental status Assessment Tool) and CHASE (Chemical Status Assessment Tool) tools to be used in environmental assessment of the Black Sea marine environment.

During the workshop, specific tools and indicators for the integrated assessment of the Black Sea environmental status were discussed and tested, namely NEAT and CHASE.

What is NEAT?

NEAT is a new software, created to assess the environmental status of European seas in an integrative way. NEAT is designed to support environmental institutions of European Union member States, but also by the Regional Seas Conventions and for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. NEAT itself, as an assessment method, is not restricted to the MSFD but can be used for various other assessment needs.

Moreover, due to its versatility it could also be used by firms and consultancies to carry out all types of environmental assessment NEAT and its manual are already freely available from the DEVOTES website.

What is CHASE?

CHASE is a multi-metric indicator-based tool for classification and assessment of ‘chemical status’ and can be used for identification of “problem areas” and “on-problem areas” with respect to hazardous substances and contamination of marine ecosystems.

Participants from the EMBLAS-Plus project (Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea – Selected Measures) also took part in the workshop, covering in this way the participation of all Black Sea countries.

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(Last Updated On: June 27, 2019)