Constanța,20 March 2019

PRESS RELEASE

ANEMONE project to start activities: First 4 workshops on marine litter in Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria and Ukraine

After the kick off meeting held last year in Constanta, Romania, ANEMONE PROJECT partners start their project activities with dedicated workshops on marine litter. The first 4 workshops will take place between March and May 2019 in Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Ukraine. Mare Nostrum NGO will organize the first project workshop on March 27th, at Hotel Ibis, Constanta. The workshop is entitled “Public engagement in monitoring marine litter”. The ANEMONE project (Assessing the vulnerability of the Black Sea Marine ecosystem to human pressures) is funded through the Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020.

Between March and May 2019, Mare Nostrum Non-Governmental Organization/Romania, the Institute of Oceanology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IO-BAS)/Bulgaria,  the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey – Marmara Research Center (TUBITAK-MAM), the Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV)/Turkey and the Ukrainian Scientific Center of Ecology of Sea (UkrSCES)/Ukraine will organize the first ANEMONE project workshops, according  to the project planning. The workshops will deal with marine litter and its impact on the Black Sea ecosystem. Each workshop will last one day and it will involve at least 25 people.

Mare Nostrum NGO will organize the first project workshop on March 27th, at Hotel Ibis, Constanta. The workshop is entitled “Public engagement in monitoring marine litter”. The workshop will deal with the marine litter situation in Romania and will emphasize on the national issues on the matter:

  • Almost the entire Romanian coastal area is exploited for tourism activities;
  • Tourist ports and commercial ports are situated along the coast;
  • Hundreds of thousands tourists arrive every year;
  • Hotels and commercial establishments are built close to the beach;
  • The Danube flows into the sea in the northern part of the Romanian coast, here being brought most of the wastes collected throughout the river along Europe;
  • From the Danube outflow area into the sea, litter is transported due to the currents along the entire coast of Romania;
  • Mentality of the people.

To face these challenges, the necessary measures at regional level include:

  • Coordination of environmental legislation between Black Sea countries;
  • A monitoring system for marine litter in the Black Sea;
  • Implementation of existing waste legislation;
  • Adoption of a legislation for polluter punishment;
  • Public awareness campaigns on environmental and effects of marine litter

These 4 workshops will be followed by another series of workshops, on Black Sea issues, which will take place between September and November 2019.

 

 

 

These workshops will involve students, teachers, citizens, volunteers, fishermen etc. The results will be integrated in two solid case studies, offering a rare occasion for scientists and non-scientists to interact, to share knowledge and to express interest and priorities. The citizens will receive information about how their data are used, how is their involvement quantified and what they receive in return in terms of conclusions and data interpretation. The use of responsible research and innovation (RRI) will ensure that the research and innovation is meeting citizens need, values and expectations. The public engagement workshops that will be carried out in the frame of the ANEMONE project are an essential activity to get the public involved in monitoring activities and raise public awareness on marine environmental issues.

 

The ANEMONE project (Assessing the vulnerability of the Black Sea Marine ecosystem to human pressures) is aiming to deliver, through collaborative efforts among partners, a common strategy related to the Joint Monitoring of the Black Sea, using the most adequate common agreed assessment criteria and indicators, in order to assess the status of the Black Sea, as a basis for further actions. Project funded by the European Union

The specific project objectives are:

  • Update and harmonize monitoring programmes and implement new methodologies for integrated assessment of Good Environmental Status, in line with Marine Strategy Framework Directive and Black Sea Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme requirements.
  • Provide new environmental monitoring data and information needed for the assessments of the Black Sea state of environment, including pressures and impacts, focusing on filling the knowledge gaps identified at regional level.
  • Improve the availability of cross-border compatible environmental monitoring data and information within Black Sea Basin and enhance stakeholders’ participation and public awareness on environmental issues.

The ANEMONE project (Assessing the vulnerability of the Black Sea Marine ecosystem to human pressures) is funded through the Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020,  Programme priority: 2. Promote coordination of environmental protection and joint reduction of marine litter in the Black Sea Basin, Programme priority specific objective: 2.1. Improve joint environmental monitoring, and will be implemented during 26.07.2018 – 25.11.2020, Project Number BSB319.

The project is coordinated by the National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa” (NIMRD) (Romania)

 

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(Last Updated On: June 27, 2019)