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HotSpots

"Hot spot" means a limited and definable local land area, stretch of surface water or specific aquifer that is subject to excessive pollution and necessitates priority attention in order to prevent or reduce the actual or potential adverse impacts on human health, ecosystems or natural resources and amenities of economic importance (Revised LBS Protocol to the Bucharest Convention, 2009).

For years, keeping the Black Sea environment healthy with all its ecosystem goods and services functioning at a time when economic recovery and further development are also being pursued has been considered to be a priority challenge for all Black Sea coastal states. Yet, most of the environmental problems in the Black Sea have not been effectively addressed.

Moreover, being of transboundary character, the Black Sea environmental problems cannot be efficiently managed by individual states. Recognising the need for cooperation, harmonisation of approaches to environmental protection management and transparency, the partners of the HBS Project deal with one of the most sensitive issues in the Black Sea region – Hot Spots.

The successful implementation of the HBS Project, through the strong partnership of highly professional organizations from five Black Sea coastal states, contributes to enhancing the regional cooperation in environmental protection of the Black Sea, and directly adds to measures aimed at improvement of the Black Sea status in a sustainable manner.

Events / Gallery

HBS Project dissemination/visibility activities in Turkey in 2013-2015

TUBITAK activities to increase the HBS Project visibility and disseminate deliverables. See report.

The HBS Project Children Education and Awareness Programme (CEAP)

The HBS Project invested a lot of effort to educate children and raise their awareness on the Black Sea environmental problems. The Project Brochure and movies for children were widely disseminated in all project beneficiary countries. More than 12 000 children were taught how to personally participate in the Black Sea protection. In Turkey various side events were organised in 2014-2015: Black Sea coastal clean-up campaigns, 8 visits to waste water treatment plant, and an exciting closure meeting of the CEAP (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQDcemslXn4&feature=youtu.be). Of course, the CEAP will continue living and further dissemination of its products will take place. For the Children Brochure and educational movies of the HBS Project see: http://bs-hotspots.eu/Deliverables. Further reading: CEAP documents.

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Public awareness/education and HBS Project dissemination activities in Bulgaria (October, 27, 2015, International Black Sea Day celebrations)

Under the HBS Project public awareness and educational activities, during the International Black Sea Day celebrations Burgas Municipality organized an event “The Sea, my inspiration”. The event took place on 28.10.2015 in Burgas and included a wide range of activities. The event was opened by Minister Ivelina Vasileva (Ministry of Environment and Water) and Burgas Major Dimiter Nikolov. Black Sea photos of prominent Burgas photographers (48) and photos (16) and pictures (46) of children were exhibited. Poems dedicated to the sea were read and Black Sea songs were sang by children.

38 children were awarded for participation in the national competition ”The sea is not for a one-time holiday”. Art workshop for children from the Burgas Municipality Kids Complex (leader Krasimir Zinin) took place back to back. The HBS Project educational materials were widely disseminated.

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Final Steering Committee Meeting of the HBS project in Constanta, Romania (October, 20-22, 2015)

Attached documents of the event:  Meeting AgendaList of Participants and  Minutes of the Meeting.

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Second Project Stakeholders Meeting in Bourgas, Bulgaria (October 29 – September 2, 2015)

The meeting had the objective to present to stakeholders the HBS Project achievements, as well as to increase the Project visibility and ensure sustainability of the Project results and deliverables.

Attached documents of the event:  Meeting AgendaMinutes,  Participants Lists and  Presentations.

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Increasing the HBS Project visibility

The HBS Project produced many press releases: BG, GE, RO, TR, UA

Children Awareness Programme:
EDUCATION OF ECOSYSTEM AWARENESS PROGRAM, Gazete Gerçek 17.10.2015.jpg, Samsun Haber 17.10.2015.jpg, SamUlaş 18.10.2015.jpg

Dissemination activities in Odessa, Ukraine (June, 2015)

Dissemination activities in Odessa, Ukraine in June 2015. Press release.

First Workshop on the regional Hot Spots Methodology in Odessa, Ukraine (March, 23-25, 2015)

The workshop had the objective to discuss with stakeholders the regional Methodology on identification and prioritization of Black Sea Hot Spots, which was prepared in a first draft by the HBS Project Team. Attached documents of the event: Meeting Agenda, List of Participants, Feed-back Form, Presentations, Press-release and Technical Report on the event.

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Dissemination activities in Romania (November 2014)

Dissemination activities in Romania, November 2014 - press release (attached).

Dissemination activities at TIB 2014 in Romania, Bucharest (15-18 October 2014)

Dissemination activities at TIB 2014 in Bucharest (15-18 October 2014), read more...

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Dissemination activities in Georgia, Tbilisi (23-24 July 2014)

Dissemination activities in Georgia at the 2-nd Georgian-Russian NGOs Forum in Tbilisi (23-24 July 2014). Read more...

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Dissemination activities in Ukraine (5-th of June, 2014)

Dissemination activities in Ukraine – Press Release on the World Environment Day (5th of June, 2014) and Communication of 1-st year Project results prepared for Stakeholders

Dissemination activities in Georgia (April-May 2014)

Dissemination activities in Georgia, April-May 2014, documents attached.

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Second Steering Committee Meeting in Constanta, Romania (March, 26-28, 2014)

Attached documents of the event: Meeting AgendaList of Participants, and  Minutes of the Meeting

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First Project Stakeholder Meeting in Odessa, Ukraine (January, 28-29, 2014)

The meeting had the objective to present to stakeholders major Deliverables of the Project and involve them in discussions on the findings and recommendations produced. Attached documents of the event: Meeting Agenda, List of Participants 1, List of Participants 2 and Stakeholders Feed-back Form.

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Inception meeting in Odessa, Ukraine (January 27, 2014)

Attached documents of the event: Meeting Agenda (in ENG and UA), List of Participants and Report on the event (in RU). Note: Technical report on all national inception meetings of the HotBlackSea Project (in ENG) is available.

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Annual Conference of the Black Sea Cross Border Cooperation Programme, Turkey (December, 2013)

Agenda of the conference attached.

The conference was attended by Georgeta Alecu - LP, INCDIE ICPE-CA, Romania, Gulsen Avaz - TUBITAK, Turkey, Pembe Ozer - TUBITAK, Turkey and Manana Devidze - FCE, Georgia. Project promotion materials were widely distributed to the Conference participants. A special Project poster was prepared by the TUBITAK team and displayed during the Conference.

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Investment Planning Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey (November 28-29, 2013)

The workshop on investment planning was organised by TUBITAK and took place in Istanbul (Larespark hotel), Turkey.
Attached documents of the event:
The presentation on cleaner production
The training program
The presentation on the Hot Spots Project
List of participants
Investment training report
Objectives analysis
Options analysis
Problem analysis
Stakeholder analysis

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Black Sea Day in Constanta, Romania and in Sinop, Turkey (October 31, 2013)

This year the regional Black Sea Day was celebrated on 31st of October in Constanta, Romania. The national celebrations in Turkey took place in Sinop. The Turkish team of the HBS Project conducted back to back second inception meeting to strengthen communication with stakeholders and continue building the project ownership. The documents of the Second Inception Meeting in Turkey are attached: Agenda, List of Participants
The Poster of the Project prepared for the Black Sea Day.
The Report of the National Black Seay Day in Turkey is attached.

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Inception meeting in Ankara, Turkey (July 26, 2013)

Inception Meeting of Turkey was held at the TUBITAK/ANKARA, in Meeting Room 3, on July 26 2013, at 14:00, within the scope of the “Integrated Hotspots Management and Saving the Living Black Sea Ecosystem (HOT-Black Sea)” Project, which was carried out by TUBITAK MRC Environment and Cleaner Production Institute in Turkey. A total of 26 experts, from related public instituitions/organizations, universities, and non-governmental organizations, participated in this meeting.

Find attached Inception Meeting Programme and Poster.

In the beginning of the meeting, Assistant Professor Ertan Durmuşoğlu, Director of the Environment and Cleaner Production Institute, gave an opening speech; following this Mrs. Bahar Özöğüt, from the General Directorate of Environmental Management of the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, conveyed information on the “Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (Bucahrest Convention)”. Subsequently, Project Leader of Turkey Mrs. Gülsen Avaz gave a presentation containing the definition of the project, studies that were carried out and scheduled to be carried out, and the support expected from the partners within the scope of the project. Finally, a joint study on the “Introduction and Discussion of the Questionnaire on LBS Management and Monitoring” was was carried out with the contribution of all participants.

The names of the participated institutes/organizations are listed below:
  • TUBITAK Marmara Research Center, Environment and Cleaner Production Institute
  • Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, General Directorate for the Protection of Natural Heritage
  • Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, General Directorate of Environmental Management
  • Ministry of Forest and Water Affairs, General Directorate of Water Management
  • Ministry of Forest and Water Affairs, Public Waterworks Administration
  • Middle Eastertern Technical University, Department of Environmental Engineering
  • Ministry of Health, Public Health Instituiton of Turkey
  • Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock, General Directorate of Agricultural Reforms
  • Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock, General Directorate of Vegetable Production
  • Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock, General Directorate of Food and Control
  • Ministry of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communication, Society of Underwater Researches
  • Ministry of the European Union


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Fourth and Fifth Inception meetings in Batumi, Georgia (July 24-26, 2013)

We held the Fourth and Fifth inception meetings in Batumi, Georgia for youths on 24 July and for stakeholders on 26 July 2013.

The Meetings were attended by representatives of the Ministry of Environment of Georgia, National Environmental Agency in Batumi, Monitoring laboratories, Batumi municipality, Batumi City Hall, Ministry of Education of Ajara, schools, Governmental press centre, NGOs and others. Information about the meetings and interviews of participants were reported by “Ajara TV”, by Ajarian Radio and newspaper “Batumeli” on 26 July.

Find links at: http://www.ajaratv.ge/ge/index.php?page=shownews&id=49897 and http://www.ajaratv.ge/en/index.php?page=shownews&id=23332

The stakeholders and public in Ajara have expressed the interest in our project.

Fourth meeting was attended by 21 participant, fifth meeting - by 31 participants.

Thus, all five inception meetings in Georgia were attended by about 130 participants. Find attached press reliese, agendas and Ajara TV video.

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Inception meeting in Constanta, Romania (July 11, 2013)

Attached documents of the event: Meeting Agenda, List of participants and Leaflet.

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Second and Third Inception Meetings in Poti, Georgia (July 9-10, 2013)

Second and Third Inception Meetings in Poti, Georgia on 9-10th of July 2013, documents attached.

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Inception meeting in Bourgas, Bulgaria (June 28, 2013)

Attached documents of the event: Meeting Agenda and List of participants.
Useful links: Burgas Municipality, Rakurs.bg, Burgas24.bg, Focus, Stroitelstvo More.

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Inception meeting in Georgia (June 19, 2013)

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Kick-off meeting (May 30 - June 1, 2013)

Inception of the Project took place on 30th of May - 1st of June in Constanta, Romania.
The meeting was organised by the Project coordinator. Meeting documents and short presentation on the event are given in the attachment.

The Project Team
Project Team

Photos of the kick-off meeting (download)

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