Interdisciplinary Seminar "Blue Synergy"

The Interdisciplinary Seminar "Blue Synergy" under MARSPLAN – BS II Project (Cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning for Black Sea – Bulgaria and Romania), was held at the Exhibition Center Flora, Burgas on July 10th, 2020.


The seminar was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Denitsa Nikolova and was held in full compliance with security measures.

The participants also receive greetings by the Mayor of Burgas Dimitar Nikolov, who pointed out about the importance of the plan for the development of the costal municipalities. The seminar was attended by leading experts on maritime spatial planning, as well as specialists on the protection of marine environment, marine transport, fishery and aquaculture, who presented the progress of the project, significant messages and exchanged their experiences to the public.

Maritime spatial planning is an important topic for the development of the Black Sea. The Maritime Spatial Plan aims at a balance between economic development and the protection of the Black Sea coast. Its main priorities are the protection of marine ecosystems, economic and social development of coastal communities, preservation of cultural heritage, coastal spatial planning, maritime transport and shipping, sports and tourism areas, etc. Important part of the plan is the cross-border cooperation with neighboring countries.

For the realization of the plan a GIS platform with over 20 organizations will provide data on the coast and marine areas - climate, protected areas, demography, maritime transport, fisheries and aquaculture, biodiversity, geology, tourism, communication systems and more.

By the end of the year, the public discussions on the draft Maritime Spatial Plan of Republic of Bulgaria for the period 2021 - 2035 have to be completed. The strategic document is developed by the National Center for Territorial Development under a specification of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works as well as part of it with European funding.

By March 31, 2021, the plan of Republic of Bulgaria will be submitted to the European Commission.

The event took place without representation from Romanian partners due to the pandemic generated by Coronavirus, and online participation was not facilitated by the organizers.

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