BSEC PERMIS hosted a regional stakeholder webinar to initiate consultations on the environmental and social aspects of the “Blueing the Black Sea” (BBSEA) GEF Regional project on 27 October 2021.

The outcome of the webinar will define the area of expertise and knowledge the region would like to share and receive through the envisaged BBSEA regional program and will inform the dialogue with the Governments of the targeted countries in the field of Blue economy.



  • Thursday 28, Apr 2022
BRIDGE-BS: Survey on Ocean Literacy in the Black Sea Ba...

On behalf of the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) we would like to invite you to complete a survey that will help us map and document the recent Ocean Literacy (OL) projects and activities in the Black Sea Basin (BSB) as part of the BRIDGE-BS project. EMSEA is a network of marine science educators acting as one voice across Europe and beyond, to promote and deliver Ocean Literacy across society by working with scientists, teachers, policy makers and the public (for details please see our website EMSEA).

BRIDGE-BS will establish OL Network for the first time in the BSB to develop ownership and stewardship for the protection of the Black Sea. This Network will bring together marine scientists, educators, ocean professionals and anyone who is enthusiastic and curious about the Black Sea nature.

The OL concept was introduced a decade ago in Europe. However, many organizations and individuals in the Black Sea countries have a longer history of teaching about their sea and engaging communities. Information about such teaching and engagement activities, which we collectively refer to as OL Initiatives, is sporadic and hardly obtainable, because it has never been inventoried in a consistent manner. Examples of OL Initiatives are fieldtrips to coastal reserves, citizen science activities, competitions for youngsters, school projects, teacher workshops, species poster exhibitions, information portals, science class protocols, beach cleaning trips and any education and outreach activities related to the Black Sea. 

Bridge-BS aims to inventorize, document and map recent OL projects and initiatives in the Black Sea region, which started in 2012 or later. Identifying OL projects and initiatives is the starting point of building the Black Sea Literacy Network.

We kindly invite you to submit your project(s) by filling in the survey questionnaire. Please submit a new form for every project and/or initiative and please do so by Friday, May 6 the latest. Also, please share this request within your network to help us map all the initiatives and projects.

Thank you in advance!

  • Friday 15, Apr 2022
PhD and Postdocs in the Black Sea region

Dear stakeholders,


Please find a number of interesting open PhD and postdoctoral fellows on the maritime sector with prestigious regional institutions:

· BRIDGE-BS Blue Growth Ph.D. program, METU, IO-BAS, Georgia (4 different positions) http://bridgeblacksea.org/index.php/2022/01/10/call-for-ph-d-position-within-bridge-bs-project/

· Postdoctoral fellow on chemical oceanography, METU-IMS, https://ims.metu.edu.tr/postdoctoral-fellow-chemical-oceanography

· Postdoctoral Fellow on Marine Ecosystem and Biogeochemical Modelling, METU-IMS, https://ims.metu.edu.tr/postdoctoral-fellow-marine-ecosystem-and-biogeochemical-modelling

· Community and Stakeholder Engagement Expert, METU-IMS, https://ims.metu.edu.tr/community-and-stakeholder-engagement-expert 


Kind regards,

  • Monday 28, Mar 2022
PhD position on the global economics of coastal nature-...

The Global Climate Forum (GCF) in Berlin is a non-profit transdisciplinary research institute founded by noble laureate Klaus Hasselmann in order to bring together different public, private and civil society parties concerned with climate change and carry out joint studies that support environmental policies. The Research Process Adaptation and Social Learning (ASL) at GCF conducts internationally leading work on the economics and governance of coastal adaptation to sea-level rise from local to global scales. The process is led by Dr. Jochen Hinkel, who co-leads work on coastal adaptation in the United Nations World Climate Research Programme and has been Lead Author on coastal/marine governance in the last two Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In the context of two new large-scale collaborative European Research projects on coastal nature-based solutions (REST-COAST) and the economics of climate change and biodiversity (DECIPHER), ASL is seeking a PhD student to work on a global economic assessment of coastal nature-based solutions (NBS) such as maintaining and restoring coastal wetlands (e.g., salt marshes and mangrove forest). Coastal wetlands are hotspots of marine biodiversity, sequester large amounts of carbon, and protect hundreds of million people­ globally from coastal flooding. At the same time, they are being converted into agricultural or industrial land at alarming rates of 1-3% annually, releasing large amounts of carbon. Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate this situation, if the inland migration of wetlands continues to be hindered by human infrastructure, settlements and dikes. The PhD student will advance an existing global model of sea-level rise, coastal flooding and wetland dynamics (Schuerch et al. 2018 and Hinkel et al. 2014) to investigate the economic trade-offs between coastal development, coastal protection through hard infrastructure (e.g. dikes) and wetland conservation and restoration. The work entails close collaboration with other PhD students modelling the biophysical response of coastal wetlands to sea-level rise and scholars working on the economics of biodiversity and climate change. The PhD would be obtained from the Division of Resource Economics at the Thaer Institute of Humboldt University in Berlin, where Hinkel is an external professor (Privatdozent). A salary will be paid following German university standards (65 % position) for three years in which the PhD thesis should be completed, with the possibility of extension.

The successful candidate is expected to have:

  1. An excellent Master degree in economics, environmental economics or related fields (e.g., ecological economics, resource economics)
  2. Excellent command (oral and written) of English (the language of the PhD thesis)
  3. A good command of a major programming language (e.g. Java, Python, R, Julia)
  4. Familiarity with cost-benefit a­nalysis, econometric and optimisation methods

We offer the opportunity to work in a high-profile, internationally recognized research institute within a global network of leading researchers on social and economic aspects of climate change and environmental issues. The successful candidate will join a friendly and highly motivated team in central Berlin (within the Mercator Center) and will benefit from a flexible, dynamic working environment, close cooperation within our team, attentive PhD supervision and flat hierarchies. The Global Climate Forum is an equal opportunity employer. We thrive for diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from all qualified applicants.

The deadline for applications is 24 April. Please send your application including a motivation letter, a copy of transcripts and certificates, a complete CV, your Master thesis, as well as names, email addresses and telephone numbers of two possible referees as a single PDF file with the subject “PhD economics of wetlands” to Dr. Daniel Lincke (daniel.lincke@globalclimateforum.org). For further information please also contact Dr. Lincke.

  • Tuesday 15, Mar 2022
Event POSTPONED - Strengthening the project implementat...

In view of the latest developments in the Black Sea region, and following the request of the Donor (European Commission), the Final Conference on "Strengthening the project implementation capacity, dialogue and cooperation in the Black Sea Region", in the framework of the Black Sea React!, Black Sea Cruise and CulTourE4Youth projects, scheduled for 15 March 2022, in a hybrid way, in Istanbul-Turkey, has been postponed.

The event will be rescheduled and the new date will be announced in due course.

Thank you for the understanding.