The Permanent International Secretariat of the BSEC Organization is happy to announce that the Grant Contract ENI/2020/421-957 within the framework of the Action “Support to the Implementation of the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Dimension, Northern Dimension and Black Sea Synergy” was signed with the European Commission on 28 December 2020.

The duration of the contract is 15 months and the implementation started in January 2021. Three important projects will be implemented, addressing three main areas of regional cooperation: 1) environmental protection (Pilot Activities on Fighting Micro Plastics and Marine Litter in the Black Sea); 2) tourism (Sustainable Small-Scale Cruising/Yachting in the Black Sea); and 3) youth entrepreneurship (Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship in Cultural Tourism for coastal communities in the Black Sea Region).
Black Sea React! – Pilot innovative solutions for fighting marine litter in the Black Sea

The Black Sea React! Project aims to contribute to the regional dialogue on mitigating and effectively tackling marine pollution and marine litter, while at the same time seeking innovative solutions to salient problems.

The Project builds on the results of the High-level International Conference on “Inter-basin Cooperation on Marine Litter: A focus on the Danube River and the Black Sea” (Sofia, 4 April 2019), organised by the BSEC PERMIS and the ICBSS, with the support of the European Commission, and co-funded by the CEI Initiative. The conference debates and proceedings acknowledged that marine litter is a cross-border problem, which makes its management difficult and highly dependent on good regional (and international) collaboration between the littoral countries, as well as awareness raising.

The Project activities will pilot an innovative circular economy solution to marine (plastic) litter by involving local fishermen, a coastal municipality and a business association from the Black Sea region. In parallel, it will develop a strong and positive narrative on marine litter prevention targeting specifically young people. Provided the pilot is successful, the proposed activity will ultimately strive to promote a follow-up joint action involving various coastal municipalities from BSEC Member States to tackle marine litter.

The target group involves municipalities from the Black Sea littoral countries, fishing communities from Sariyer Municipality of Istanbul (Turkey) and young people and primary school students from all littoral countries.

It will run for 15 months, under the coordination of the Permanent International Secretariat of BSEC (BSEC PERMIS) in cooperation with the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS), the Turkish Plastics Association “PAGEV”, the “Plastics Europe” Association and the Municipality of Sariyer.

ICBSS is responsible for the Regional Essay Competition for the Youth, the final regional event and the project’s communication.

Project Duration

January 2021 – March 2022

Partners

  • International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS)
  • Turkish Plastics Association “PAGEV”
  • “Plastics Europe” Association
  • Municipality of Sariyer

Associated Partner

  • USA Consulate in Istanbul

The Project is co-funded by the European Commission under Grant Contract ENI/2020/421-957, coordinated by the BSEC PERMIS within the framework of the Action “Support to the Implementation of the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Dimension, Northern Dimension and Black Sea Synergy”.

BLACK SEA CRUISE – Sustainable Small-scale Cruising/Yachting

The BLACK SEA CRUISE Project aims to analyse the state of play and environmental and socio-economic potential for novel small-scale cruising/yachting models, in order to support, through a final set of recommendations, the sustainable development of the activity in the Black Sea region. 

The Black Sea has many assets able to attract maritime tourism and consists of a large number of smaller ports able to receive small vessels (e.g. less than 100 m) with very few exceptions. The Project builds on the notion that cross-border cooperation will enable better coordination and coherence between policy frameworks and operational capacities, in order to support the growth potential of the cruise sector in the Black Sea basin.  

Through six local workshops in the target countries and other concrete activities, the Project will engage in structured dialogue with a target group of local and regional stakeholders (i.e. policy makers, universities and naval/maritime academies, associations of ports, business operators of cruise companies, ferries and yachts, tourism associations) to explore concrete business opportunities in the region and to identify funding avenues and support actions for promoting such models.

It will run for 15 months, under the coordination of the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) in cooperation with eight local and regional partners, SML, CLIMAZUL, the Sochi State University, the “Ovidius” University of Constanta, the Burgas Free University, the Odessa Maritime Academy, the Batumi State Maritime Academy and the Karadeniz Technical University.

Project Duration

January 2021 – March 2022

Partners

  • ICBSS - International Centre for Black Sea Studies
  • SML - Strategies Mer et Littoral
  • CLIMAZUL
  • Sochi State University
  • “Ovidius” University of Constanta
  • Burgas Free University
  • Odessa Maritime Academy
  • Batumi State Maritime Academy
  • Karadeniz Technical University

The Project is co-funded by the European Commission under Grant Contract ENI/2020/421-957, coordinated by the BSEC PERMIS within the framework of the Action “Support to the Implementation of the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Dimension, Northern Dimension and Black Sea Synergy”.

CulTourE4Youth Project
CulTourE4Youth 
Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship in Cultural Tourism for coastal communities

The CulTourE4Youth Project aims to develop a regional paradigm as capacity building initiator in order to:

  • Increase the knowledge and entrepreneurial culture of young people, to be able to meet market demands and identify business opportunities;
  • Promote sustainable coastal tourism practices to develop new products, services and processes for sustainable cultural tourism;
  • Motivate employers, educational institutions, policy makers and civil society, and facilitate synergies among them, to support youth entrepreneurship with concrete actions.

Building on the notion that cultural tourism with maritime dimension is an up-and-coming blue growth generator, the project will provide background information and analysis on how youth entrepreneurship is promoted by existing policies and initiatives, and how can it be better supported to address local and regional challenges, such as youth unemployment and brain drain.

The activity will engage with young people (18-30y.o.), government agencies, business operators and training institutions in coastal communities in the geographical area of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, by means of analysis and consultation activities. The project will use the Mersin region (Turkey) as a case study to pursue the above-mentioned objectives and will consolidate the results in a dedicated workshop in Batumi (Georgia).

It will run for 12 months, under the coordination of the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) in cooperation with the Balkans and Black Sea Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR) and the METU Institute of Marine Sciences / ODTÜ Deniz Bilimleri Enstitüsü (METU-IMS / ODTÜ-DBE).

Project Duration

January – December 2021

Partners

  • ICBSS - International Centre for Black Sea Studies
  • CPMR - Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe
  • METU - Middle East Technical University

The Project is co-funded by the European Commission under Grant Contract ENI/2020/421-957, coordinated by the BSEC PERMIS within the framework of the Action “Support to the Implementation of the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Dimension, Northern Dimension and Black Sea Synergy”.