Group of Activities Management
- WP Management: dr. Laura Boicenco (NIMRD, Romania
- A well-managed joint action reaching its scientific and technical objectives, without conflicts between the partners, without irregularities and with smooth reporting to the programme.
- Well-organised and regularly nourished web page.
- Well-managed joint action reaching quality assurance of all reports to the JMC and other deliverables from GA.
- A well-managed joint action reaching consistent financial and manpower planning.
Group of Activities Implementation
- WP-T1 – Monitoring: Current situation, needs, requirements for improvement, revision – dr. Valentina Todorova (IO-BAS, Bulgaria)
- The overall aim of this GA is to contribute to harmonization of methodologies of Black Sea coastal states in the field of marine monitoring. The GA will work to achieve common understanding of the Good Ecological Status (GES), and to propose common regional criteria and indicators for joint monitoring and assessment of the Black Sea ecosystem health. The GA will attend the needs in marine monitoring harmonization in cooperation with the Black Sea Commission, and the needs in development of common targets based on MSFD requirements. The GA will identify other needs in regional monitoring harmonization and will produce recommendations how to address them. Improvement of the Black Sea regional monitoring capacity will be achieved through harmonizing of approaches and recommending new methods and tools. Gaps in data and information will be identified, thus supporting Implementation T2 activities of collecting new data and information. GA will contribute to a cleaner environment in the Black Sea Basin by increasing the competence and awareness of relevant stakeholders on the vulnerability of the Black Sea ecosystem to natural and anthropogenic pressures, thus promoting a sustainable management of human activities.
- WP-T2 – Field work: conducting pilot monitoring studies in selected study area – dr. Luminiţa Lazar (NIMRD, Romania)
- The aim is to support the collection of quality controlled and comparable data sets for the Black Sea environmental status assessment via conducting pilot monitoring studies in selected study areas: coastal and open sea following testing and harmonization of the Black Sea Monitoring and Assessment Guideline (BSMAG), output of Implementation GA T1. Comparative assessment of rivers impact on the Black Sea water quality through pilot case studies carried out in marine areas in front of rivers mouths will contribute to a better understanding of the River – Black Sea systems interactions. Response of coastal ecosystems under the influence of human pressures will be assessed through dedicated case studies at relevant selected hot spots, where contamination, eutrophication, litter and biodiversity based studies will be conducted. The methodology for identification and prioritization of Hot Spots in the Black Sea Region, following Hot Black Sea Project outputs and recommendations will be tested (Workshop planned). A comprehensive GIS based tool for informed decision-making in the Black Sea region, covering specific areas (substrate, habitat, Natura 2000, etc.) and carried out or potential activities, will be developed (NIMRD). A Joint Scientific Cruise will be organized, having in mind harmonized methodologies.
- WP-T3 – Seafood safety in Black Sea region – dr. Andra Oros (NIMRD, Romania)
- This GA’s aim is to provide a broad survey of new data on chemical contamination of aquatic organisms and potential risks, thus filling knowledge gaps and gather new information for the Black Sea region. Council regulation (EEC) No. 315/93 and Commission Regulation EC 1881/2006 and its amendments provide for the protection of consumers from chemical substances in food. MSFD Descriptor 9 is referring to that regulation, but also to other relevant standards. Descriptor 9 is therefore providing the protection of human health from harm potentially deriving from the consumption of contaminated seafood. GES would be achieved if all contaminants are at levels below the levels established for human consumption. The assessment of the indicators will at least take account of the actual levels that have been detected, the frequency that levels exceed the regulatory levels, the number of contaminants for which exceeding levels have been detected in parallel and the origin of the contamination. An intake assessment taking into account the importance in the human diet of the species showing exceeding levels will also be taken into account. Moreover, in order to make monitoring results more comparable within Black Sea region, a limited number of target species from the most consumed species of fish and other seafood will be selected.
- WP-T4 – Enhance stakeholders and public awareness on environmental issues – Mihaela Candea-Mirea (Mare Nostrum NGO, Romania).
- The activity will foresee empowerment of citizens to participate in data collecting and monitoring. Following the Public engagement dimension of the responsible research and innovation (RRI) concept, the activity will facilitate the involvement of non-scientist in research program towards co-creating the future with citizens and civil society organisations and also bringing on board the widest possible diversity of actors that would not normally interact with each other. The public engagement of stakeholders will enhance the participation in raising awareness on environmental issues and a better communication between scientist and citizen. The two case studies will enhance the mile stone of the educational and awareness rising campaigns through direct involvement in environmental activities. The results of the study cases, on beach litter and cetaceans (the only marine mammal representatives in the Black Sea), will represent the ground of the educational and awareness raising campaigns materials focusing on real data collected from the field, analysed and transposed for public acknowledge.
Group of Activities Communication
- WP-C – Communication – dr. Mariana Golumbeanu (NIMRD, Romania).
- The aim of the Communication GA is to strengthen public awareness of the European Union action, to increase the visibility of ENI CBC and to create a consistent image of the European Union support in all participating countries. Information and communication activities are properly planned and focused on the achievements and impact of the project activities. In order to maximize the impact of communication efforts: planned activities are timely, take into consideration available resources and expected impact, with the right audience targeted. The following information and communication activities are foreseen in the project: press releases, press conferences, leaflets, newsletters, web site, posters, audio-visual productions, public events, information campaigns, social media etc.