Black Sea Environmental Programme (BSEP)

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Established 5 Apr 1993, following signature of the Odessa Declaration. Full title: Environmental Management and Protection of the Black Sea. Organized through F-XF2335 - Global Environment Facility (GEF) and thus also referred to as GEF Black Sea Environmental Programme. Developed jointly by E-XE3382 - UNDP, E-XE4161 - UNEP and F-XF1393 - International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) - World Bank. Establishment followed setting up of U-XF5143 - Black Sea Action Plan (BSAP), on a proposal, 1987, by UNEP through direct approach to relevant states; and signature of T-XT9290 - Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (Bucharest convention), at Diplomatic Conference, Apr 1992, Bucharest (Romania). Programme phase 1, Sep 1993 - Sep 1996; phase 2, 1997 - 1998.


Improve capacity of Black Sea countries to assess and manage the environment; support the development and implementation of new environmental policies and laws; facilitate the preparation of sound environmental investments.


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Each Black Sea member country hosts one Working Party/Activity Centre, with each country having focal points for the centres hosted by the other countries. The Activity Centres are: 1. Environmental and Safety Aspects of Shipping, Varna (Bulgaria); 2. Pollution Monitoring and Assessment, Odessa (Ukraine); 3. Control of Pollution from Land-Based Sources, Istanbul (Turkey); 4. Development of Common Methodologies for Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Krasnodar (Russia); 5. Conservation of Biological Diversity, Batumi (Georgia); 6. Fisheries and Other Marine Living Sources, Constantza (Romania).


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GOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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