Black Sea

Reinforcing awareness raising in Romania

National Institute for Marine Research and Development (NIMRD Constanta) researchers have placed special efforts on raising awareness of the consequences of social behaviour over waste production and management. They are trying to promote co-responsibility among different "actors" to define a collective vision and facilitate sustainable reasons for concerted action.  To this aim they have participated to public events where they presented CleanSea .

Exploring the social costs of beach litter and public willingness to pay to reduce it

CleanSea conducted survey is based on an innovative approach using stated preference techniques and willingness to pay (WTP) analysis to assess the value of having a clean beach for recreation purposes. The survey provides an overview of human behavior patterns related to marine litter in the coastal zones of the Netherlands (Kijkduin and Scheveningen); Bulgaria (Varna and Burgas); and Greece. The beach visitor characteristic correlates with the individual perception of beach litter and the individual response to it – either willingness to pay or to volunteer.

Research on plastics on Romanian seabed

Although no national or regional programs are in place to monitor seabed litter in Romania, the National Pelagic and Demersal Fish Species Status Evaluation Program, which uses sampling trawling, allowed the National Institute for Marine Research and Development (NIMRD) to collect and assess types and quantities of marine litter on the seabed on a voluntary basis (starting 2011 and 2012). In 2013, with the launching of CleanSea, the NIMRD has got the opportunity to address a new research direction to marine litter monitoring and its impacts and drivers.

Black Sea – Stakeholders in Bulgaria are engaged in finding marine litter solutions and new opportunities

The stakeholder meetings are part of the international research project CleanSea ("Towards a Clean, Litter-Free European Marine Environment through Scientific Evidence, Innovative Tools and Good Governance”) where denkstatt Bulgaria is a partner. The project involves the engagement of key stakeholders in answering the question what barriers exist to have a marine litter free environment and to draw measures for better management and policy options for reaching a good environmental status of the Black Sea.

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