The Center for Coastal and Marine Research presented the results of the MARSPLAN-BS II project at the 34th International Geographical Congress

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The Center for Coastal and Marine Studies (CCMS), Varna, Bulgaria, as partner in the MARSPLAN-BS II project participated at 34th International Geographical Congress, held 16-20 August, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey (virtual) and presented main results, progress and lessons learned. The director of CCMS Dr. Margarita Stancheva was a session co-chair and speaker.

The 34th International Geographical Congress was convened by Istanbul University, Turkey. The Commission on Coastal Systems (CCS) to the International Geographical Union (IGU) ( convened three parallel sessions at the Congress, chaired by Dr. Margarita Stancheva (CCS Secretary) and Prof. Colin Woodroffe (CCS Chair), and focused on the theme ‘Sustaining coastal and marine environments in the Anthropocene’.

In the context of MARSPLAN-BS II project, in her presentation, Dr. Margarita Stancheva (CCMS project coordinator) presented the results of elaborated MU case study in Bulgarian maritime space: exploring the potential for development of one MU combination: Tourism, Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) & Environmental Protection (municipalities of Shabla, Kavarna and Balchik) and the identified key drivers and barriers, as well as key recommendations to overcome these barriers.

Dr. Stancheva addressed also the Land-Sea Interaction (LSI) issues at the land-sea interface, incorporating both natural processes and the impact of human activities, as well as institutional frameworks as part of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Black Sea (Bulgaria and Romania). She presented the developed by CCMS methodology for LSI analysis and their integration in MSP, results from testing the methodology in the cross-border region of Bulgaria (Shabla Municipality). Implementation of LSI methodology included also specific study on coastal erosion, challenges and enabling factors for integrating LSI in MSP, that have been identified in the Bulgarian case study and during the overall project works.

The participation of the Center for Coastal and Marine Research in the 34th International Geographical Congress and the presentation of the main results of the MARSPLAN-BS II project is within the framework of activity 4.4 Promoting MSP in Black sea basin - involving non-EU counties.