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.



Team involved


Data processing

  • Which input information is looked for, discoverable 

The Challenge will collect data from:

  1. Data collection programs: National Databases, International Databases
  2. Observational and monitoring databases
  3. Grey literature.

Browse Data Source

  • 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.


Targeted products

  1. Inventory of maps analysing the existing Black Sea network of MPAs
  2. Synthesis of environmental conditions in the area
  3. Analysis of socio-economic effects of marine protected areas
  4. Analysis of policies for effective environmental management
  5. Analysis of how MPAs are likely to be affected by climate change