Iryna Makarenko, Pollution Monitoring and Assessment Officer, Permanent Secretariat of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea against Pollution
Ms. Iryna Makarenko presented the main activities relevant to Black Sea Commission's (BSC) information policy, data products and modelling. She emphasized that since the Bucharest Convention was elaborated more than 20 years ago, and the latest version of Black Sea Strategic Action Plan (BS SAP) is dated 2009, some new challenges as climate change, marine litter, marine noise, green economy, MSFD requirements etc. were not reflected and that the BSC has been working to incorporate these considerations in the documents of the Bucharest Convention (text of Convention, next version of BS SAP, monitoring program (BSIMAP), relevant chapters of Black Sea State of Environment Report (BS SoE) which will include socio-economic aspects and new challenges. She informed that BS SAP includes 4 Ecosystem Quality Objectives, one of them is to reduce nutrients originating from land-based sources, including atmospheric emissions. She also mentioned that there is no definition of GES and no targets to identify it in the Black Sea basin. She also stated that during the 31st BSC Regular meeting the BSC adopted the 6 tables reflecting the indicators for annual reporting to the Black Sea Commission, that the data also takes into account the new environmental challenges and legislation, as well as approaches introduced by relevant global and regional organizations (i.e. provisions of EU MSFD; GFCM; ACCOBAMS etc.). She presented the agreed pollution indicators, including the information on nutrients load, i.e. E-trix, BEAST indicators, as well as core set indicators grouped as causes - inorganic nitrogen, inorganic phosphorus (phosphates), direct effects - chlorophyll a , indirect effects - bottom oxygen (where available), Secchi. The values will be further defined by each country according to its reference values elaborated within Baltic2Black Project. She mentioned that the HELCOM tool HEAT, employed for the Baltic Sea to assess eutrophication status, was proposed for use in the Black Sea as well, being adjusted to the availability of Black Sea data. This is a step toward harmonization of assessments, however,she mentioned, the BSC still assesses the feasibility and relevance of usage of HEAT tool in the region. As another important deliverable of the HELCOM-BSC Baltic2Black Project she mentioned the research on the "APPLICABILITY OF USAGE OF SATELLITE CHLOROPYHLL DATA FOR EUTROPHICATION INDICATORS IN THE BLACK SEA". Summarizing the presentation she stated that (1) the new web tool "The Black Sea Information System Prototype" is being developed within the EMBLAS Project (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) and could be used by the group; (2) BSC PS is wishing to collaborate on modelling component; (3) BSC PS invites experts to present the products, tools, models and guidelines developed so far for the consideration and testing by experts from Black Sea Region and BS scientific community (meetings of Advisory Group on PMA/LBS/CBD/FOMLR in spring 2016 other relevant meetings); (4) BSC PS invites the experts to share with Black Sea Commission' Permanent Secretariat the finalized products in order to sustain and to disseminate the 16 results of models and tools in the Black Sea region; (5) BSC PS invites the experts to contribute to the preparation of the Black Sea State of Environment Report (SoE Report).
Black Sea, modelling, Black Sea Strategic Action Plan, Ecosystem Quality Objectives, nutrients originating from land-based sources, Black Sea Commission,
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