Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea - EMBLAS

What is the project about?

The new project - Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea (EMBLAS) (2013 - 2014) funded by the EU and UNDP, and implemented by UNDP, Europe and the CIS Bratislava Regional Centre, with support UNDP national offices in Georgia, Russia and Ukraine, covers three mentioned countries. The project will strengthen capacities of the respective national authorities for biological and chemical monitoring of water quality in the Black Sea, in line with EU water related legislation (EU WFD and MSFD). Significant effort will be put into training and capacity building. In order to promote ownership, engagement of local experts and organizations is foreseen. Relevant results and experiences of previous and ongoing projects will be duly taken into account.

Our Goal

The overall objective of the project is to set up initiatives that will help improve the protection of the Black Sea environment.

The specific objectives are as follows:

  • to improve availability and quality of data on the chemical and biological status of the Black Sea, in line with expected MSFD and Black Sea Strategic Action Plan needs;

  • to improve partner countries' ability to perform marine environmental monitoring along MSFD principles, taking into account abovementioned Black Sea Diagnostic Report.

What have we accomplished so far

During the first months the following steps of project implementation were realized - conducted Inception Workshop and meeting of Project Steering Committee, developed and approved Action Plan for the first year, sined contracts with Partner Organizations

Who Finances it?

The Project is funded by EU and UNDP.

How are We Carrying out Our Mission?

The following activities are planned in the project:

1) Review of the national monitoring systems and tools for assessing data obtained from monitoring activities;

2) Support to implementation of countries obligations under the Bucharest and other related Conventions and Agreements;

3) Development of cost-effective and harmonised biological and chemical monitoring programmes in accordance with reporting obligations under multilateral environmental agreements, the WFD and the MSFD;

4) Assessment of needs regarding laboratory infrastructure, equipment, and training, promotion of the recommendations;

5) Elaboration and implementation of the comprehensive training programme on monitoring methods and quality assurance aiming at adhering to ISO 17025 standard, promotion;

6) Prepare methodology for Joint Black Sea Surveys;

7) Development of the web-based Black Sea Water Quality Database prototype.

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Project Overview
Project start date:
Estimated end date:
Geographic coverage:
Georgia, Russia, Ukraine
Focus Area:
Environment and Energy
Ensure environmental sustainability
Project officer:
Vasiliy Kostiushyn
Permanent Secretariat of the Black Sea Commission (BSC PS) is an international partner, five partners from Ukraine - Marine Hydrophysical Institute, Odessa National University I.I.Mechnikov, Ukrainian Scientific Center of Ecology of the Sea, A.O.Kovalevskiy Institute of Biology of Southern Seas, Odessa Branch of the Institute of Biology of Southern Seas, two from Georgia - Iv.Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, National Environmental Agency “Black Sea Monitoring Center”, and two from Russia - P.P.Shirshov institute of oceanology Russian Academy of Sciences and State Oceanographic Institute The beneficiaries of the project are Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources (GE), Ministry of Natural Resources &Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Atomic Control (RU) and Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (UA).
Related documents
Project document
Project Report
European Commission