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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 15:33

Bourgas: Working group of representatives of various stakeholders will form opinions on the introduction of uniform standards for environmental protection in ports

Bourgas, 19-6-2013 Within an Information Seminar organized by Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company /BPI Co./ - partner in an international project TEN ECOPORT – Transnational Enhancement of ECOPORT 8 network funded by the Transnational Operational Programme Southeast Europe 2007 – 2013 were discussed the possibilities for a broad partnership among all stakeholders connected to environmental protection in the ports and their aquatorium. During the Seminar today was actually formed a working group whose task will be to discuss all proposals and documents developed within the project in terms of their relevance to the issues in Bulgarian ports and applicability in practice.

Experts from the coastal municipalities, Basin Directorate for Water Management in the Black Sea region, Executive Agency Maritime Administration, ports and port operators, research institutes and private companies became acquainted with the results from the monitoring performed in the aquatorium of port of Burgas through specialized monitoring stations built by BPI Co. within the first phase of project ECOPORT8.

The ongoing now project TEN ECOPORT is a continuation of the outcomes of the project ECOPORT8 and aims to develop and implement intelligent systems for environmental management in the ports, to prevent risks to the environment and reduce the impact on human health, biodiversity and other environmental issues.

The main legislative act that regulates the quality of marine waters is Ordinance No.8, which can not be directly applied to the aquatorium of the ports, is the opinion of the experts who participated in the Seminar.

One of the objectives of the project which BPI Co. perform is to summarize the problems in this respect from other partner countries and to assist in developing legislation, consistent with the current requirements and polices of EU. It is impending in a series of workshops to be determined the parameters of a transnational and sustainable procedure for establishing common requirements and rules for the control and monitoring of the environment in ports, as well as the development of guidelines for the ports of Southeast Europe in order to be identified best practices for environmental and sustainable common protocol between the national port control authorities to ensure eco-competition and cooperation within the maritime traffic.

During the Seminar today was structured the main part of the national working group, which within the Bulgarian project team will discuss the results of the project activities and make proposals for practice applicable results from the implementation of TEN ECOPORT. All participants shared the understanding that the environmental protection can not be responsibility of a single institution or organization, and it requires joint purposeful actions of various institutions, economic entities, and municipality administrations in order to achieve real efficiency of the planned measures and activities.

Tomorrow the issues will be discussed with representatives of institutions, port operators and universities in Varna.

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