THE LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVE
of the proposed Black Sea Ecosystem Recovery Project (BSERP) is to contribute to sustainable human development in the Black Sea area through reinforcing the cooperation and the capacities of the Black Sea countries to take effective measures in reducing nutrients and other hazardous substances to such levels necessary to permit Black Sea ecosystems to recover to similar conditions as those observed in the 1960s. The overall objective of the project is to ensure (i) that all of the Black Sea countries take concrete measures (including investment activities) in the eutrophication causing sectors to reduce load of nutrients and hazardous substances on the Black Sea ecosystem and, (ii) that major findings and recommendations of the project have been incorporated in national policies, strategies and, where possible, in national legislation.
THE OVERALL OBJECTIVE
of the current GEF/UNDP Black Sea Ecosystem Recovery Project is to support participating countries in the development of national policies and legislation and the definition of priority actions to avoid that discharge of nitrogen and phosphorus to the Black Sea exceed those levels as observed in 1997. This will require countries to adopt strategies and measures that permit economic development whilst ensuring the rehabilitation of coastal and marine ecosystems through pollution control and reduction of nutrients and hazardous substances. At the end of the Project Phase II (2007), it is expected that the institutional mechanism of the Black Sea Commission is reinforced and fully operational ensuring cooperation between all Black Sea countries to efficiently implement joint policies and actions and operate common management and control mechanisms.
of the BSERP are (i) to reinforce regional cooperation under the Black Sea Convention, (ii) to set up institutional and legal instruments and to define priority actions at regional and national levels to assure sustainable coastal zone management, (iii) to protect of coastal and marine ecosystems and habitats in order to secure sustainable use of coastal and marine resources.