• August 01, 2019

On 5 August 2019, at 16:00, the international research vessel “Mare Nigrum” and her team of Georgian, Ukrainian and European sea researchers will enter the Batumi Port as part of the third round of the ongoing Black Sea surveys. To mark the arrival of “Mare Nigrum,” a press conference “Our Black Sea: new monitoring results for decisions” will be organised in the Batumi Port followed by an exhibition of photos and infographics showcasing some of the major research findings.  

The event is organised by the regional initiative EMBLAS-Plus (Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea: Selected Measures), jointly supported by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in close partnership with the National Environment Agency of Georgia and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.

The Black Sea surveys have been conducted since 2014 aiming to collect and widely share the reliable marine data and promote joint efforts of Georgia and Ukraine in reducing marine litter and protecting the Black Sea environment.  To achieve these goals, the EU/UNDP-supported EMBLAS project has been working with the governments of both countries, as well as the research, academic and educational institutions and civil society organizations.

The press conference in Batumi, on 5 August 2019, will summarise the results of the Black Sea surveys conducted in 2014-2018 and will present the new data collected in 2017-2019.

The press conference will be attended by representatives of the Governments of Georgia and Ukraine, Batumi City Hall, UNDP and the EMBLAS team:

>Mr. Lasha Komakhidze, Mayor of Batumi (TBC)

>Ms. Nino Tandilashvili, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia

>Mr. Mykola Kuzio, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine

>Mr. Andro Aslanishvili, Head of National Environment Agency of Georgia

>Ms. Anna Chernyshova, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Georgia

>Mr. Jaroslav Slobodnik, EMBLAS-II and EMBLAS-Plus Project Team Leader

>Mr. Viktor Komorin, Ukrainian Centre of Ecology of the Sea

>Ms. Marina Mgeladze and Mr. Ramaz Mikeladze, National Environment Agency of Georgia

Journalists are invited to attend:

Monday, 5 August 2019, 16:00 – 17:20, Batumi Port

Media contact:

>Olena Marushevska, EMBLAS-Plus,

>Tea Shatirishvili, National Environment Agency of Georgia, +995 577 151541,

>Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP in Georgia, +995 196907,