SCIENTIFIC AND POLICY CHALLENGES
TOWARDS AN EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
FORUM ON THE EU/ESA “GMES” INITIATIVE
13-18 October 2003
EU Centre of Excellence (CESUM-BS)
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC)
International Ocean Institute (IOI)
(CEC) (IO-BAS) (EU/CESUM-BS) (IOC/UNESCO)
The Conference aims at providing a forum for exchanging
and disseminating scientific environmental and socio-economic knowledge,
experiences and achievements, obtained within the framework of activities
devoted to regional sustainability, preservation, management and protection of
the Black Sea/Mediterranean ecosystem and its natural resources. Initiated by EU/CESUM-BS Project (5th
FP), the main scope of the Conference is to define a strategy in support of the
sustainable development and management of the
Ø to provide the opportunity to the scientific community, as well as, to administrators, managers, policy makers and others to meet and discuss their experiences and achievements in order to enhance cooperation towards an improved development and management of the Black Sea and the Mediterranean regions.
Ø to enhance the interface between research and policy for a most effective usage of scientific results.
improve the capabilities, at the service of environmental and socio-economics
needs, of the Centres of Excellence within the
l Measuring and understanding marine ecosystem.
l Development and application of ecosystem health indicators.
l Biological diversity and coastal habitat protection.
l Natural and human hazards.
l Modelling, Global climate change and ecosystem application.
l Data and information management.
l Environmental economics - valuing the ecosystem.
l Driving forces – pressure indicators.
l Capacity building and public awareness.
l NGOs: partners for sustainable development.
l Environmental legislation.
l Regional and international legal instruments and mechanisms.
l Integrated management strategies and stewardship.
l Operational management and monitoring systems.
l New technologies for coastal zone management.
l Scenarios and applications of response indicators.
l Sustainable management of living and non-living resources.
The Conference is open to all scientists, as well as, to administrators, managers, policy makers and others, who would like to present paper(s) and participate in the discussions.
The Conference will be organized by the
For all scientific matters you should contact the Conference Organizers:
IInstitute of Oceanology-BAS
Tel/Fax: + 359 52 370 485
For accommodation, travel and the social program, participants should contact :
The Company for International Congresses-LTD
8 Ami Bue Str.
1606 Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel: +359 2 953 41 47; : +359 2; 54 55 47; : +359 2 51 16 98
Fax: +359 2 953 41 81
The official Conference language will be English. No translation will be provided
The Conference will consist of key-note address, plenary presentations with discussions and poster sessions devoted to:
Ø Session I. Understanding marine ecosystems for their sustainable management
Ø Session II. Development and application of ecosystem indicators
Ø Session III. Biological diversity and coastal habitat protection
Ø Session IV. Natural and human impacts on the marine environment
Ø Session V. Predicting global change to develop mitigation scenarios
Ø Session VI. Observing systems, data and operational management
Ø Session VII. GMES FORUM
Each session will include keynote presentation (30 min.). Each oral presentation will not exceed 20 minutes in duration, including time for questions. Technical facilities (power point, overhead and slide projectors) will be available at the Conference Hall, enabling simultaneous use.
The Posters will also be organized by sessions with a numbered board reserved. The dimensions of each poster should not exceed 200 cm in height and 90 cm in width. All fixing materials will be available in the poster area. Participants are kindly requested to attach their posters before the opening of the Conference, in the afternoon of the 12th October or early in the morning of Monday, October 13th.
The planned output of the Conference will be: (i) an Abstracts Volume; (ii) a Report addressing scientific knowledge and research needs, specifically for sustainable development of the Black Sea and the Mediterranean regions; (iii) a publication of selected Conference papers in a special issue of an International Journal, and (iv) a Report from the EU/ESA “GMES” Forum.
All participants should fill in the Registration form, attached to this announcement and send it to the address of Company for International Congresses-LTD, official technical organizer of the Conference, not later than 15th of September, 2003.
Registration of participants will start on
Delegates: 100 EURO
Students: 50 EURO
Accompanying person*: 50 EURO
Only cash will be accepted for payment during the registration.
The fee covers:
Ø Meeting Programme and Abstracts Volume.
Ø Attendance to all scientific sessions.
Ø Delegate’s kit.
Ø Conference Documentation.
Ø Coffee/refreshments service during breaks.
Ø Ice-break party*.
Ø Evening reception* on 13.10.2003.
Ø Conference Dinner* on 16.10.2003.
Ø One day excursion on 18.10.2003.
*The registration fee for accompanying persons includes participation in the Ice-break party, the Evening reception and the Conference Dinner.
The official opening of the Conference will take place at 09.30 on Monday, 13t October 2003, at “Dobrudja” Hotel Conference Hall. Further information about the opening ceremonies and the Conference Programme will be sent to all participants through e-mail. This will be also available on the Web site of the Conference.
1) By Air- Sofia-Varna flight operated by Hemus
Air Company departs
2) By Bus-
There are several companies operating Sofia-Varna line. The most convenient are “BIOMET”, “KOSCO”, “GROUP”. It takes about 7 hours driving time. There are buses approximately every 4 hours, and the last is at
3) By Train- Sofia- Varna (delegates’ willing to organize their travel individually):
The train schedule is: at ; a. m; ; ;
1. Riding ground
15. Boryana Yacht Pier)
21. Hang-gliding Runway
16. Tervel Yacht Pier
3. Bowling alley
17. Kaliopa Yacht Pier
29. Sprots and Health Centre
10. Dobrudja Hotel (and swimming pool)
18. Ganvie Yacht Pier
13. Water slide
19. Dobrotitsa Yacht Pier
14. Kariba Yacht Pier
20. Fun Fair
Special arrangements have been made with “Dobrudja” Hotel and a few hotels located near the Conference Centre. Rates special for the Conference are on bed and breakfast basis and include service tax. Reservations should be made on the name of the delegate and the hotel bill is to be settled with the Company for International Congresses –LTD on spot.
“Dobrudja” Hotel ****
Participants requiring a Visa are requested to make their own arrangements by contacting the Bulgarian Embassy or Consulate in their own country. In case of visa problems, please contact the local organizing committee for assistance.
In October, the weather along the Bulgarian Black sea coast is generally unstable. Some windy, rainy and cold days with intervals of sunshine and higher temperatures could well be expected.
The mean values during this time in October (average for the last 30 years) are: Mean Temperature: 13 C; Mean min. Temperature: 9 C; Mean max Temperature: 18 C; Rainy weather: 7 days.
International Organizing Committee
Dr Hristo SLABAKOV, Director IO-BAS,
Dr Snejana MONCHEVA, IO-BAS (CE), Varna, BULGARIA.
Dr Jitka VENNEKENS-CAPKOVA, European Commission, Brussels, BELGIUM.
Dr Alan EDWARDS, European Commission, Brussels, BELGIUM.
Dr Efstathios BALOPOULOS, IO/NCMR, Athens, GREECE.
Dr Umit UNLUATA IOC/UNESCO, Paris, FRANCE.
International Scientific Advisory Committee
Dr. Boris ALEXANDROV, IBSS, Odessa, UKRAINE.
Mrs. Dolores ARSENOVA, MEW, Sofia, BULGARIA.
Dr. David AUBREY, HG, Massachusetts, USA.
Dr. Alexandru BOLOGA, NIMRD, Constanta, ROMANIA.
Prof. Frederic BRIAND, CIESM, Monaco, MONACO.
Dr. George CHRONIS, NCMR, Athens, GREECE.
Prof. Michael COLLINS, SOC, Southampton, UNITED KINGDOM.
Prof. Antonio CRUSADO, CSIC-CEAB, Catalan Sea, Barcelona, SPAIN.
Dr Peter DAVIS, MARIS, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS.
Prof. Encho DEMIROV, ISAO-CNR, Bologna, ITALY.
Dr. M. DIMITROV, IE-BAS, Sofia, BULGARIA.
Dr. Aldo DRAGO, UM, Valetta, MALTA.
Mr. Plamen DZHADZHEV, CPBS, Istanbul, TURKEY.
Prof. Valery EREMEEV, MHI, Sevastopol, UKRAINE.
Prof. Serena FONDA-UMANI, Trieste, ITALY.
Prof. G. FOTEV, IS-BAS, Sofia, BULGARIA.
Prof. Bella GALIL, NIO, Haifa, ISRAEL.
Dr. Fred GIROD, CB, Budapest, HUNGARY.
Prof. Dr. Carlo HEIP, Yerseke, THE NETHERLANDS.
Prof. Hubert KEMPF, SU, Sussex, UNITED KINGDOM.
Dr. Maria KETSETZOPOULOU, NCSR, Athens, GREECE.
Dr. Avtandil KORDADZE, GNA, Tbilisi, GEORGIA.
Prof. Gunnar KULLENBERG, IOI, Valetta, MALTA.
Prof. Sami LAKKIS, LU, Beirut, Byblos-Jbeil, LEBANON.
Prof. Cristiane LANCELOT, ULB, Brussels, BELGIUM.
Dr. Antonin LOJEK, IB, Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC.
Dr Catherine MAILLARD, IFREMER/SISMER, Brest, FRANCE.
Prof. Alenka MALEJ, MBS, Piran, SLOVENIA.
Dr Vladimir MAMAEV, Nairobi, KENYA.
Prof. Ramiz MAMEDOV, CCSP, Baku, AZERBAIJAN.
Prof. Ivona MARASOVICH, Split, CROATIA.
Prof. Laurence MEE, MS, Plymouth, UNITED KINGDOM.
Dr Alexander MIKAELYAN, SIO, Moskow, RUSSIA.
Dr. Ulrich NIERMANN, UL, Loubeck, GERMANY.
Mr. Pavel NIKOLOV, BSD, Varna, BULGARIA.
Prof. E.OZHAN, METU, Ankara, TURKEY.
Prof. Gennady PANIN, IWP, Moscow, RUSSIA.
Prof. Nicolae PANIN, MGG, Bucharest, ROMANIA.
Dr. Doris RENTZCH, MLU, Halle/Saale, GERMANY.
Prof. Nikola SABOTINOV, BAS, Sofia, BULGARIA.
Prof. Ilkay SALIHOGLU, METU-IMS, Erdemli, TURKEY.
Mr. Boyan SAVOV, BSCA, Varna, BULGARIA.
Prof. Horst SIEBERT, IWE, Kiel, GERMANY.
Prof. Dr. Carlos Guedes SOARES, IST, Lisbon, PORTUGAL.
Prof. Richard THOMAS, ENS, Geneva, SWITZERLAND.
Dr. Szymon USCINOWICZ, PGI, Krakow, POLAND.
Dr. Vladimir VLADIMIROV, MHI, Sevastopol, UKRAINE.
Prof. Wolfgang VOIGT, IIC, Freiberg, GERMANY.
Prof. Kazumi WAKITA, JACZS, Tokyo, JAPAN.
Dr. George ZODIATIS, Nicosia, CYPRUS.
EU CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE