Final conference on the MARSPLAN-BS II Project

1 MRDPW 2 MPWDA Ro 3 National Centre for Regional Development 4 INCDM Antipa 5 Center for Coastal and Marine Studies 6 GeoEcoMar 7 OUC Ro 8 N Vaptsarov Naval Academy

The final conference of the MARSPLAN project - BS II was held online on November 25. Over 80 participants, including experts in maritime spatial planning, representatives of the Commission for Protection of the Black Sea from Pollution, the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and all project partners, as well as representatives of the Executive Agency for Climate, Environment and Infrastructure (CINEA) and the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) to the European Commission and others.

The project manager from the Bulgarian side Angel Gyorev presented the work done so far on the project, and the representative of the Romanian Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration Bogdan Ghinea summarized the lessons learned from developing the vision for maritime spatial planning in the Black Sea.

The representative of the European Commission Juan Ronco welcomed the cooperation between Bulgaria and Romania in the field of maritime spatial planning and assured that the two countries have the support of the European Commission to continue their work in this direction.

An analysis of conflicts of maritime use and the environment, as well as the general framework and in relation to national maritime spatial plans, was presented. Integrating land-sea interactions into maritime spatial planning, applying the land-sea interaction methodology - a case for coastal erosion, promoting maritime spatial planning, sharing good practices from different regions of the world, as well as many other interesting analyzes and data were part of the topics discussed.

The cross-border maritime spatial planning project for the Black Sea - Bulgaria and Romania MARSPLAN BS-II is implemented with the assistance of the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Agency (CINEA) of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The Ministry of Regional development and public works of Bulgaria is the lead organization in its implementation, together with the Ministry of Development, public affairs and administration of Romania and 6 other key Bulgarian and Romanian organizations - the National center for territorial development, the Center for coastal and marine research - Varna and “Nikola Yonkov Vaptsarov Naval Academy” – Varna. Partners from the romanian side are the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Public Administration, GEOECOMAR, the Institute for Marine Research - "Grigore Antipa" and the University "Ovid" - Constanta.

The main objective of the MARSPLAN BS-II project is to support coordinated cross-sectoral maritime spatial planning in Bulgaria and Romania and to create a long-term mechanism for cross-border cooperation in the Black Sea Basin.



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