The “marine protected areas” challenge aims to:
- analyse the existing Black Sea network of Marine Protected Areas.
- determine whether the network constitutes a representative and coherent network as described in article 13 in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
- determine how MPAs are likely to be affected by climate change.
The workflow is made of three major activities:
Activity 1: to search for upstream data to meet challenge requirements
- Coastline, hydrography and seafloor geology of the basin
- Physical ocean data (winds, temperature, salinity, currents, waves, sea level),
- Habitats including sea bed habitats but also mammals, bird migratory patterns
- Fishery data including fishing fleet location, fishing efforts, catch (commercial and discards), landings, …
- Shipping activities
Activity 2: to build and analyze data base, produce challenge outputs for GIS use
Activity 3: to deliver checkpoint information, and report assessment in results in the Literature Survey and Data Adequacy Reports.
- Institute of Оceanology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, IO-BAS, Bulgaria (Leader)
- National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa”, NIMRD, Romania
- Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change, CMCC, Italy
- Collecte Localisation Satellites, CLS, France
- ORION – Joint Research and Development Centre, ORION, Cyprus
- Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of the Sea, UkrSCES, Ukraine
- Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, TSU, Georgia
- Institute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University, IMS, Turkey
- P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences, SIO-RAS, Russia
- SC Marine Research Srl, SCMR,, Romania
- Which input information is looked for, discoverable ?
The Challenge will collect data from:
- Data collection programs: National Databases, International Databases
- Observational and monitoring databases
- Grey literature.
- Are data sets accessible ?
The Challenge will provide information on the data availability in a standardized way plus terms of access and use.
National data sets are not fully available for all countries of the Black Sea.
- How appropriate for use are the data ?
The Challenge will provide information on the data appropriateness in standardized way plus descriptive text of strengths and weakness regarding the appropriateness of upstream data used. It will include a rationale for non selection of unused input data.
- Inventory of maps analysing the existing Black Sea network of MPAs
- Synthesis of environmental conditions in the area
- Analysis of socio-economic effects of marine protected areas
- Analysis of policies for effective environmental management
- Analysis of how MPAs are likely to be affected by climate change