Ukrainian and Georgian scientists join forces in unique environmental researching Black Sea basin

May 25, 2016

23 May, Odesa – Top maritime researchers from Ukraine, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Czech republic,  Belgium embarked on board of EU scientific vessel “Mare Nigrum” to launch an expedition to research Black Sea environmental status, its flora and fauna. This research that started in Odesa, Ukraine and will be concluded in Batumi, Georgia, a week later, is unique for a number of reasons.

It includes a number of scientific endeavors conducted in Ukraine for the very first time. For instance the screening of emerging organic pollutants, large-scale study of marine litter; photo cataloguing of dolphins; identifying microbes by their DNA; studying flora and fauna in deep-water hydrogen sulphide layers; and researching the  impact of hypoxia on sea organisms.

The research  key partners are Ukrainian Scientific Center of Ecology of the Sea and Institute of Marine Biology of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and Georgia (National Environmental Agency “Black Sea Monitoring Center”, Odesa National University

“This research is of great importance not only from the environmental point of view. It will help Ukraine to make a step forward in implementing  the directives of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in the field of environment, in particular addressing the EU Marine Strategy Framework and Water Framework directives,” – noted Dr. Jaroslav Slobodnik, EMBLAS project Team Leader.

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The Joint Black Sea research is  conducted within the framework of the Project ‘Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea” (EMBLAS). It is co-financed by the European Commission (EC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The main goal of the project is to help improving the protection of the Black Sea environment.

For more information:  http://emblasproject.org/

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