Continuing the planning process | The new 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 MARSPLAN-BS II project (1st of July 2019 – 30th of June 2021) is built upon the results and experience of the first MSP project for the Black Sea - MARSPLAN-BS and the national achievements on transposition of the MSP Directive in Bulgaria and Romania, lessons learned and recommendations for further work.

TMARSPLANhe overall project concept is based on the common vis ion in support to implementation of the Maritime Spatial Planning in both EU Member States - Bulgaria and Romania. It will be grounded on the developed common strategy for sustainable cross-border cooperation, clear legislative and institutional frameworks, holistic ecosystem approach, integrated and updated database, coordinated monitoring and evaluation systems and active stakeholder participation. It is in line with the obligations of Art. 15 of the Directive 2014/89/EU to have elaborated, discussed and adopted cross-sectorial MSPs for the Black Sea Basin by the end of March 2021.

The project activities will be carried out at different geographical scales in the Black Sea Basin - from Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and territorial seas of Bulgaria and Romania to the cross-border dimension of the two Member States.

The project activities represent considerable added value: support to the implementation of European Union (EU) legislation and in particular the MSP Directive in two Member States in the Black Sea Basin; promote the best practices on MSP, LSI and MU development; strengthen the cross-border cooperation on MSP and mitigate the environmental and maritime activities conflicts; support the established partnership capacity building on MSP process and implementation.

The MSP Directive was transposed in Bulgaria by amendment of the Maritime Spaces, Inland Waterways and Ports of the Republic of Bulgaria Act (promulgated State Gazette No. 28/29.03.2018). The Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works is the designated Competent Authority under the Directive. Due to the information and the experience gathered during MARSPLAN-BS project the MRDPW is in the process of establishing the Consultative Council on MSP under the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works. The Regulations on the functions, objectives and composition of the Council are promulgated in the State Gazette No. 79/25.09.2018.

Romania ensured the transposition of the Directive 2014/89/EU regarding the establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning in the national legislation through the Government Ordinance No. 18/2016, adopted by Law No. 88/2017. More than that, the Government adopted the Decision No. 406/2017 regarding the regulation and the composition of the Maritime Spatial Planning Committee - the competent authority of Romania and the Decision No. 436/2018 regarding the Methodology for the elaboration of the Maritime Spatial Plan.

Over the recent years, the Black Sea Basin bas been a subject of significant explorations and research surveys, and new potential mineral and natural resources have been identified. In this regard, it is crucial to develop a relevant strategic vision with the aim to use in a positive manner the synergies between marine uses. Taking into account the progress registered by the implementation of the first MARSPLANBS project, there is a need to continue the efforts to elaborate the plans for the two Member States and to implement the provisions of the MSP Directive.

The partners involved in the project are:

  1. Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (MRDPW)- PPl, Bulgaria
  2. Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MRDPA)- PP2, Romania
  3. National Centre for Regional Development (NCRD)- PP3, Bulgaria
  4. National Institute for Marine Research and Development Grigore Antipa (NIMRD GA) - PP4, Romania
  5. Center for Coastal and Marine Studies (CCMS)- PP5, Bulgaria
  6. National Institute for Research and Development for Marine Geology and Geoecology (GeoEcoMar) - PP6, Romania
  7. Ovidius University of Constanta (OUC)- PP7, Romania
  8. Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy (NVNA) - PP8, Bulgaria

The general project objective is to support the coherent, cross-sectorial Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in Bulgaria and Romania under the framework of MSP Directive 2014/89/EU and to establish a long-lasting mechanism for the Black Sea Basin cross-border cooperation on MSP.

The specific project objectives are:

  1. Support the implementation of MSP Directive in the Black-Sea Basin;
  2. Ensure continuity in the cross-border MSP process for the Black Sea Basin;
  3. Help capacity building and supporting Competent Authorities in Bulgaria and Romania for MSP implementation;
  4. Support the elaboration of the maritime spatial plans in Bulgaria and Romania based on the results of the first MARSPLAN-BS Project;
  5. Develop the MSP common strategy for the cross-border area of Bulgaria and Romania, addressing also Land-Sea lnteractions (LSI) and Multi-Use (MU) concept;
  6. Provide effective stakeholder participation in the design of national and crossborder MSP process;
  7. Share information for the best available data and communicate knowledge on MSP for the Black Sea Basin.