Control of eutrophication, hazardous substances and related measures for rehabilitating the Black Sea ecosystem


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Project ID

RER/01/G33/A/1G/31 (UNDP/GEF PIMS 3065)

Project Title

Control of eutrophication, hazardous substances and related measures for rehabilitating the Black Sea ecosystem (Tranche II) (GEF-IW FSP)


Focus Areas

Geographic Scope

Black Sea

Counrtries: Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine

Lead Organization(s)

GEF, UNDP (Implementing Agency), UNOPS (Executing Agency)

Project Partners


Total: 11,332,106 - GEF 6,000,000; Governments/others 5,332,106, Total Tranche I: 8,402,366




Under implementatin

Project website(s)


UNDP-GEF Black Sea Ecosystem Recovery Project,

Project Implementation Unit. Dolmabahce Sarayi, II. Hareket Kosku 80680 Besiktas, Istanbul - TURKEY

Tel: 90.212.310 29 23 (direct), 90.212.310 29 27 (Mob. 90.533.748 19 50; Fax: 90.212.227 99 33)

e-mail: Yegor Volovik



The project (BSERP) supports regional aspects of nutrient control in the Black Sea coastal countries. It also aims to strengthen the role of the Black Sea Commission to ensure the formulation, adoption, and implementation of a suite of harmonized legal and policy instruments for tackling the problem of eutrophication and release of certain hazardous substances; and to facilitate ecosystem recovery, including through sustainable use of living marine resources. It encourages broad stakeholder participation. This will be achieved by inter-sectoral consultations, provision of small grants to local initiatives, support for release of information to the public and environmental training/education. The project will employ a new set of indicators for monitoring the effectiveness of the measures taken by the countries. These indicators, together with targeted scientific studies, will help to set new regional nutrient control targets and to adopt action plans which will be implemented through an adaptive management scheme. Although a two-years phased approach had to be taken for the implementation of the overall strategy owing to funding constraints, meaningful progress in the attainment of these objectives would require at least five years of concerted action at the basin-wide level so the overall project is designed as a 5 year intervention, funded by GEF in two tranches.

Expected Outcomes

Achievements: Results and Impact

Lessons for Replication

(Lessons Learned from PIR Report 2005:

a. Coordination of activities of GEF-funded programmes and regional environmental Commissions. This was a recognised issue for the Black Sea in Phase I. This issue also relates to the establishment of inter-ministerial committees in the countries. Since normally regional environmental Commissions are coordinated by the Ministries of Environment, involvement of other Ministries requires a special effort.

b. Participation of the wider public in the decision making process on the regional level, developing regional environmental Commissions as public-oriented, transparent management body. Mechanisms of such involvement are to be further developed for the Black Sea.

c. Increase of the countries buy-in into the process of implementation of SAPs at the national level, mechanisms of moving from the programme development (TDA/SAP) to the implementation of their provisions (nutrient management plans, programme of measures, investments, etc.)


See also

IW:LEARN entry

External Resources


 BSERP Phase II ProDoc New Ver18 - CEO resubmit v1.doc

 D-BS report

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