On the 12-13th of July 2021, the Horizon 2020-funded BRIDGE-BS project (Advancing Black Sea Research and Innovation to Co-Develop Blue Growth within Resilient Ecosystems) was officially kicked-off.
After a 2-hour public session, the internal work within the BRIDGE-BS consortium took place during the 2-day virtual kick-off meeting. The project, that is a Research and Innovation Action funded under Horizon 2020, has officially started as of the 1st of June 2021.
The new project involves 33 partners from the Black Sea countries, EU MS and regional organizations and is coordinated by METU. The International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) is the Lead Partner of WP8: Science-based policy making for Blue Growth of the Horizon 2020-funded BRIDGE-BS project.
BRIDGE-BS is a multi-partner and international consortium with the overarching aim of assessing the present state of Black Sea ecosystems, their services, their resilience to the multi-stressors, and creating the means necessary to sustainably manage these ecosystems. To deliver its objectives, BRIDGE-BS will identify and map the habitats linking them to core ecosystem services and their dynamics, thereby contribute to the assessment of the ecosystem resilience in the Black Sea. The project will use pilot study sites at the regional level, with findings contributing to interconnected work packages addressing the four pillars of the Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (Black Sea SRIA) while feeding into major relevant policy initiatives at the regional and international levels. Through this novel partnership, BRIDGE-BS will leave a long-term legacy by proposing and fostering realistic, robust strategies and create new long-lasting institutional arrangements for a healthy, resilient, and better-valued Black Sea by 2030.