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New Project: HydroEcoNex

Eco-TIRAS together with four other institutions from Moldova, Romania and Ukraine starts a new Project “Creating a system of innovative transboundary monitoring of the transformation of the Black Sea river ecosystems under the impact of hydropower development and climate change” (Acronym: HydroEcoNex) dedicated to monitoring of hydropower impact to Black Sea rivers ecosystems.



In this respect, the Project “Creating a system of innovative transboundary monitoring of the transformation of the Black Sea river ecosystems under the impact of hydropower development and climate change” (Acronym: HydroEcoNex) is realizing under the “Joint Operational Programme Black Sea Basin 2014-2020”, which is one of the four maritime programmes, established in the framework of the European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI) 2014-2020 − the Programming document for EU support of ENI Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC). Such cooperation on the EU external borders is a key priority in the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) and contributes to the ENI overall objective of the progress towards shared prosperity and good neighborliness between EU Member States and their neighbors.

The current Programme is built upon the previous cooperation under “ENI CBC Black Sea Basin Programme 2007-2013” and takes into account all lessons learned from its experience as well as from their reviews and evaluations. As a result of the completed analytical and consultation process, the ENI CBS Black Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020 will focus on a set of objectives and priorities, reflecting the countries’ specific circumstances and requirements.

According to the Programming documents it will have three overarching strategic objectives:

  • • to promote economic and social development in regions on both sides of common borders;
  • • to address common challenges in the environment, public health, safety and security;
  • • to promote better conditions and modalities for ensuring the mobility of persons, goods and capital.

The HydroEcoNex project’s activities were planned under the Programme’s priority 2: “Promote coordination of environmental protection and joint reduction of marine litter in the Black Sea Basin”, in particular, under its specific objective 2.1: Improve joint environmental monitoring. The project’s duration is 30 months, with start date - 21.09.2018, end date − 20.03.2021.

The project partners are:

  • Lead partner: The Institute of Zoology of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova (IZASM);
  • Partner 2: International Association of River Keepers “Eco-Tiras”, Chisinau, Moldova;
  • Partner 3: “Dunărea de Jos” University of Galați (UDJG), Galați, Romania;
  • Partner 4: Ukrainian Scientific Centre of the Ecology of Sea (UkrSCES), Odessa, Ukraine;
  • Partner 5: Hydrometeorological Center for Black and Azov Seas (HMCBAS), Odessa, Ukraine.

The Project Overall Objective is: Development of the unified system of innovative environmental monitoring for the provision with data and information essential in the transboundary and sustainable long-term monitoring of observed transformations in Black Sea Basin’s river ecosystems, caused by hydropower operation under climate change. Specific Objectives are:

  • • To elaborate a system of monitoring of the influence of hydropower engineering on environment state and ecosystem services delivered by rivers of the Black Sea Basin
  • • To develop the policy instruments and enhance human capacities for integrated water resource management in light of impacts caused from hydropower and climate change 11 ENI CBC Black Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020”
  • • To manage and disseminate the knowledge towards strengthening the transboundary cooperation on integrated monitoring of the impact of hydropower and climate change on river ecosystems.

Now Eco-TIRAS has published a Calendar, which aim is to inform the general public about the project. From this point of view, along with a statement of the project’s objectives, main activities, expected results and a brief description of the partners, it also tries to answer the question: what are the challenges of the problem under study. This is especially important for understanding of the current global discussion on the hydropower development on rivers. The international legally binding agreements dealing with the issue are also covered. The Calendar could be downloaded here.

Eco-TIRAS thanks the photographers – Alex Prodan, Svetlana Shelest, Igor Vzorov (Chisinau), Veaceslav Mararescul, Nicolai Romanovich (Tiraspol) and Ivan Rusev (Odessa) who are friends of Eco-TIRAS and the Dniester River, for photos presented for free publishing in Calendar.

The brochure on the project content and partners involved has been published in ENGLISH and in RUSSIAN.

Creating system of innovative transboundary monitoring of the transformations of the Black Sea river ecosystems under the impact of hydropower development and climate change. Проект HydroEcoNex. — Chişinău: Eco-TIRAS, 2019 — 32 p. — Bibliogr.: p. 31-32.  ISBN 978-9975-9611-7-2. Download.

Создание системы инновационного трансграничного мониторинга трансформации экосистем рек Черноморского бассейна под воздействием развития гидроэнергетики и изменения климата. Проект HydroEcoNex. — Chişinău: Eco-TIRAS, 2019.  — 35 p. —  Bibliogr.: p. 34-35. ISBN 978-9975-9611-8-9. Скачать.