MSFD Guiding Improvements in the
Black Sea
Integrated Monitoring System

Package of Activities


PA 1: Monitoring

 PA 1

Monitoring: state of the art, needs (training, equipment, harmonization, and institutional framework), requirements for improvement, revisions




List of activities:

PA1.1. Pre-project situation in the target countries – Diagnostic Report II to guide revision of national monitoring programs and improvements in data reporting and DPSIR assessments;


PA1.2. Revision of National and Regional Monitoring Programs (based on the reporting needs stemming from multilateral environmental agreements, the WFD and the MSFD, water bodies delineation in Turkey/transfer of experience from BG and RO, promotion of operational monitoring, cost-effectiveness, etc.)


PA1.3. Assessment of needs regarding laboratory infrastructure, equipment, and training;


PA1.4. Elaboration and initial implementation of training programme on monitoring methods;


PA1.5. Harmonization Program;


PA1.6. Further development of the institutional framework in the field of marine environmental monitoring: strengthening of competent authorities monitoring capacity, mechanisms of interaction between state institutions responsible for monitoring, data sharing procedures, development and establishment of mechanisms of integrating scientific results into the national assessments of the Black Sea environmental status.




Black Sea Diagnostic Report II (Ro-Bg-Tr)

The Report is shortly named Diagnostic II, because it builds on the findings of the EEA/BSC Diagnostic Report (Diagnostic I) upgrading it for Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey to include more information on their national monitoring programmes (or any other Black Searelated observations), national data/information management tools (which were not part of the BSC Diagnostic Report), operational monitoring, etc. The Report utilizes also the findings of the EC SeasEraNet Project on laboratory infrastructure, equipment and vessels available with the aim to contribute to more efficient use of them in the Black Sea region.



PA2: Initial testing of the revised monitoring programmes


PA 2

Field work (initial testing of revised monitoring programmes, joint survey, data collection), data management, assessments




List of activities:

1.  Design of a joint survey (Work Program based on the results of revision of monitoring programs), organization, implementation
2.    Organization of joint Survey, including screening for new pollutants, collation of data for habitats mapping
3.    Processing of samples, management of collected surveys data; 
4.    Inter-calibrations (Biology, Chemistry)  
5.    Preparation of Report on the state of Black Sea transitional, coastal and marine waters, including pressures and impacts taking into consideration the MSFD requirements), comparison with previous and parallel investigations; 
6.   Common understanding of GES, classification scheme, development of environmental targets



 Expected results:

1.  Cooperation in joint monitoring activities further developed;
2.    Amount of quality data available for SoE reports increased;
3.    Quality SoE report produced;
4.    Reasons for incompatibility of data (if any) outlined, recommendations for solving the problems produced (based on results of inter-comparison exercises);
5.    Common understanding of GES, classification scheme, and roadmap for development of environmental targets. 



PA3: Contribution to existing database systems


PA 3

Needs in reporting/further development of data/information management tools and tools for assessments 



List of activities:

1.  Overview of the gaps in  data reporting of the beneficiary countries to EEA and BSC measured against the availability of data in the national systems of the countries; Trends in reporting, reasons for failure; usage of data by EEA and the BSC, value-added of reporting; Communication of findings at the level of the relevant authorities
2.    Recommendations on strengthening the reporting to the BSC;
3.    Recommendations on strengthening the reporting to Wise-Marine;
4.    Cooperation with the EuropeAid Project, and other relevant projects; Facilitation of the data infrastructure developments planned and avoiding of overlapping of activities (e.g. contribution to the ‘Analysis of the exact scope of the Database’, exchange mechanisms, nourishing of the data base, etc.)



 Expected results:

1.  Up to date knowledge on the gaps in data reporting of the beneficiary countries (to EEA and BSC), trends in reporting, reasons for failures, usage of data, value-added of reporting;
2.    Recommendations on improvements;
3.    Successful cooperation with the EuropeAid project in further development of the regional data/information management tools in support if informed decision-making.



MISIS Black Sea Marine Atlas is a GIS application that comprehend the authorities performing monitoring of the Black Sea waters and reporting to the relevant European institutions.



PA4: Conservation and protection of the Black Sea through establishment of new MPAs


PA 4

The institution of MPAs, prospective for going beyond the art



List of activities:


PA4.1. Review of the existing and planned protected areas in the Black Sea (Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey) with a special focus on possible deficiencies regarding law enforcement and implementation of management plans, recommendations


PA4.2. Harmonization of policies required to identify, designate and manage MPAs. Development of a work programme aimed at identifying, designating, and improving effective management of protected areas (coastal and/or marine). Guidelines, trainings


PA4.3. Establishment of transboundary protected areas which currently do not exist


PA4.4. Activities to raise awareness in MPAs



 Expected results:

1.  Establishment of new protected areas;
2.    Adoption and enforcement of harmonised regulations on protected areas;
3.    Development and implementation of MPAs management plans;
4. Identification of transboundary areas in need for protection, and in the long-term run, their establishment as PAs;
5. Wider involvement of stakeholders in the MPAs process;
6. Organization of trainings and awareness raising campaigns to increase capacities to identify, designate, and manage protected areas in the Black Sea.




1.  Marine Protected Areas in Bulgaria
2.    Marine Protected Areas in Romania
3.    MPA Report - Review of the existing and planned protected areas in the Black Sea (Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey)



PA5: Increase in sectors expertise, dissemination, public awareness, project visibility


PA 5

Increase in sector expertise, development of project ownership




List of activities:

1.  Web page of the project, regular updates;
2.    National inception meetings - promotion of the project, visibility of EC support, ownership development;
3.    Establishment of Core End-Users Group;
4.    Development of dissemination plan;
5.    Raising (public) awareness for the present state of the Black Sea ecosystem, the persistent threats and initiatives to address them in providing for sustainable development of the Black Sea region;
6.   Cooperation with existing networks like EC DGs, EEA, Black Sea NGO Network, Permanent Secretariat of the Black Sea Commission, Danube Commission (ICPDR), etc;
7. Preparation of educational materials for enhancing of public participation in hot spots management and awareness at the level of school children and students;
8. Dissemination of Project results, visibility of Project efforts.



 Expected results:

1.  Well organised and regularly nourished project webpage;
2.    Project ownership developed;
3.    Collaboration with end-users developed;
4.    Project visibility developed;
5.    Public awareness raised;
6. Public education at different levels increased;
7. Knowledge and information on project outcomes disseminated.



PA6: Project management


PA 6

Project management




List of activities:

1.  Consortium Agreement;
2.    Organisation of Steering Committee+Partners Meetings;
3.    Collaboration with on-going projects/activities/initiatives;
4.    Preparation of Progress, Interim and Final reports;
5.    Preparation of Financial reports.



 Expected results:

1.  A well-managed Project reaching its scientific and technical objectives, without conflicts between the partners, without irregularities and with smooth reporting to the programme;
2.    A well-managed Project reaching consistent financial and manpower planning;
3.    A well-managed Project reaching quality assurance of all reports to the EC DG Env. and other deliverables;
4.    Strong cooperation with relevant on-going projects.