The Black Sea is widely considered as Europe’s most polluted sea. Research indicates the amount of marine litter floating in the Black Sea, per square Kilometre, is double that of the Mediterranean Sea. Decades of agricultural waste dumping such as fertilisers has caused extensive eutrophication – the process whereby the resulting algal blooming starves the water of oxygen. Fish stocks and species diversity are under severe threat as water quality deteriorates to such an extent that many speculate whether the Black Sea might become the first major sea devoid of life.
DOORS will bring together expertise and technology from 37 institutions partners – research institutes and centers, universities and private companies – from 17 European countries, as well as international ERIC-type organizations, from the Black Sea region to address the human and climate change impacts on damaged ecosystems.
DOORS will bring the four pillars of the “Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda” (SRIA) into reality. The project will harmonize research and provide infrastructure to better understand the Black Sea, the characteristics of the typical ecosystems, develop the framework to support blue growth and start-ups development, and provide the scientific basis for policy-makers in decision-making. To reach its ambitious objectives, the project team will work closely with stakeholders from the start to develop an open research system and establish a framework to support continuous stakeholder dialogue.
• Engage stakeholders through communication, dissemination and training activities to raise awareness, build capacity and foster a stronger Black Sea identity
• Harmonise data collation, analysis and access to optimise data use in decision and policy making
• Strengthen the Black Sea scientific network through new collaborations, and bridge the gap between science and policy
• Provide a range of products to support Black Sea innovation and enterprise
DOORS will have long-lasting impact by giving stakeholders in the region the skillsets and understanding to:
• Implement key policies and legislation
• Improve environmental quality and reduce pollution risk
• Design measures to mitigate pollution and remediate historically contaminated areas
• Become resilient communities
• Realise and sustainably develop potential economic growth for future well-being
• Build capacity in existing industries, develop new start-ups and become actively involved in delivering Blue Growth
• Create ocean informed citizens to better understand Black Sea’s potential