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Black Sea Regional Initiative: establishing the foundations for the launch of a Black Sea Regional Initiative for the wise use of coastal wetlands (BlackSeaWet)

This project aims to enhance the conservation and sustainable development of the Black Sea coastal wetlands. It will establish the foundations for a regional wetlands initiative that will underpin future wetland conservation efforts.

Project Description:

The initiative is intended to enhance cooperation, capacity development, civil society engagement and knowledge based approaches to conservation and sustainable management. 

The project is undertaking the following key activities:

  • Undertake national consultations through national working groups in Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine.
  • Hold a international stakeholders Conference in Odessa, 30-31st October 2007
  • Develop a Vision and Portfolio of Prioritised Actions to take the Regional Initiative forward
  • Undertake donor engagement

The project is financed by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the Netherlands’ Programme for the International Nature Management and through the Royal Netherlands Embassy in the Ukraine.


Directory of organisations, whose activity are relevant to the conservation and use of coastal wetlands

Portfolio of Actions for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Black Sea Coastal Wetlands

Vision of a new Ramsar regional initiative for Black Sea coastal wetlands

Project Partners:



Ministry of Environment and Water, the National Ramsar Committee,Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds/ Birdlife Bulgaria,Foundation ‘Le Balkan – Bulgaria’,Green Balkans,Bulgarian-Swiss Biodiversity Conservation Programme,Bulgarian Academy of Science


Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia, Georgian Centre for the Conservation of Wildlife, Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN),Noah’s Ark Centre for the Recovery of Endangered Species (NACRES),WWF-Georgia,Black Sea Eco-Academy,Black Sea Regional Activity Centre for Conservation of Biological Diversity,Georgian Academy of Science,Black Sea Fisheries and Ecology Institute


Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, BIOTICA Ecological Society, Institute of Zoology of Academy of Sciences of Moldova,


Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Forests, Water and Environment,Romanian Ornithological Society,WWF International „Danube-Carpathian Program Romania”, Pro Natura” Ecological Association,Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority,National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, Danube Delta Design and Research Institute, Institute of Marine Research

Russian Federation:

Ministry of Natural Resources, Federal Agency of Water Resources (Donskoye and Kubanskoe Basin Departments), Wetlands International – Russia Programme, WWF Regional Office in Krasnodar, Southern Branch of Research Institute of Hunting and Animal Production of Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Kuban State University, Rostov State University, Black Sea Regional Activity Centre on Development of Common Methodologies for Integrated Coastal Zone Management


Ministry of Environment of Turkey, Friends of Ecology and Environment Association, Environment Volunteers Association, Doga Dernegi, Black Sea Education Culture and Environment Protection Association, Black Sea Regional Activity Centre on Control of Pollution from Land Based Sources


Ministry for Environmental Protection and its regional departments in the Azov –Black Sea Region of Ukraine, State Ecological Inspection Ukraine, Ukrainian Union for Bird Conservation, WWF-Ukraine, The Nature Protection and Restoration Fund ‘Nature Heritage Fund’ named after Prof. Puzanov Ecological Club ‘The Danube’, National Ecological Centre of Ukraine, Ukrainian Rivers Network, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Institute of Zoology, Institute of Botany, Institute of Hydrobiology, Odessa Branch of the Institute of Biology of Southern Seas, Institute of Market, Economic and Ecological Research), Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station, Ukrainian Scientific Centre for Marine Ecology, Odessa National University, Melitopol Pedagogical University