T4BS and Sustainability in the Black Sea Regional Cooperation

date: 17.11.2020

The Black Sea Green diplomacy virtual event was organised by the European External Action Service and European Commission on the 16 November 2020. The main focus was on Sustainability in The Black Sea Regional Cooperation: Advancing the Black Sea Synergy and The European Green Deal. Among other the conference presented projects supported by the EU in the Black Sea region, and discussions were linked to regional cooperation and the European Green Deal elements.

Urška Starc Peceny and Mamuka Berdzenishvili presented the project T4BS, lessons learned, and project plans in the Session on Sustainable Blue Economy, moderated by DG Mare and DG RTD. Along with other experts from regional projects (Facility for Blue Growth in the Black Sea, Black Sea Connect, and Ponto Caspian Rise and Demise – Pride) they explored how the regional dimension of cooperation on Blue Economy can facilitate and scale up the contribution to Green Deal objectives and resilient recovery process.

Common conclusions from the session:       

  • Reinforcing cooperation and working together is the unique way to forward joint challenges (the pandemic, the green transition).
  • Need for investments in Research and Innovation, digitalisation and big data/cloud computing which are key cross-cutting enablers to ensure that we move as fast as possible towards a green transition and that blue economy sectors evolve towards sustainable business models while becoming resilient to future potential shocks. 
  • Developing better knowledge of natural habitats and their biodiversity, and opportunities for tourism
  • The availability of data (on the environment, the blue economy sectors, including the impact of COVID-19) will be of crucial importance to support informed policymaking and decision planning with evidence.

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