The project ‘Joint Monitoring for Environmental Protection in BSB countries’ aims to develop a methodology for identifying and addressing common problems within Protected Areas. The use of protected areas for human recreational purposes has been increasing since the 1980s, leading to negative social and environmental consequences in these areas. Anthropogenic pressure is strongest during the tourist season. Public opinion polls were conducted in all countries, as well as analyzes and reports on environmental issues.
Soil and water pollution were identified as the most important ones. Due to its geographical and economic characteristics, the Black Sea biogeographical region and surrounding areas are considered to be a high-risk area for the spread of invasive species. Ongoing measures to prevent and limit the spread of invasive species in different countries have not had significant results. Ecotone zones along the Black Sea coastline and large rivers that flow into the Black Sea are the most endangered areas in the protected area.
The main result of the project will be the creation of an intelligent platform for the collection, processing and analysis of environmental data through the Internet-based cloud service, for automatic data collection from wireless touch networks and the Internet-based cloud service for video content. 4 countries are participating in the project: Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia and Armenia.
The duration of the project is 24 months, or 2 years. Based on the data collected through monitoring, we will compile a report on the existing and potential impacts on the Black Sea Protected Areas, as well as a list of measures to be taken to maintain pollution and rehabilitate key areas under monitoring.
For the final result, we plan to develop a program of future measures that can be used in the updated protected area management plans included in the project, as well as in regional development programs.
The methodology for joint monitoring of natural habitats and invasive species in protected areas will be available in 5 languages.
A very important result of the project implementation is the construction of a cross-border center in the Black Sea Basin countries (particularly Bulgaria) and the establishment of a sustainable partnership between the five organizations involved in the project and protected areas.
A research group will be set up for the project, which will work together to implement the planned activities, exchange data and information, and interact through the platform. In the process of working together, teams will be formed that will continue to work together to conserve biodiversity even after the project is completed.
Within the framework of the project, cooperation between the representatives of different countries will ensure the development and implementation of joint projects, programs in the future.
Furthermore, a new joint platform – Joint Monitoring for Environmental Protection in BSB countries has been created that will gather all the relevant information from the participant counties.
Project’s first Newsletter
Project’s second Newsletter