RER/01/G33/A/1G/31 - Control of Eutrophication, Hazardous Substances and Related Measures for Rehabilitating the Black Sea Ecosystem: Phase I, a Demonstration of Environmental and Restoration Approaches in the Kamchia River Basin, Bulgaria. Phase I: Development and Evaluation of Modeling and Assessment Approaches

Participants: BSERP, Sofia University, Technical University Dresden, BASA-ReSAC

The Project addresses the need to develop, apply and make available tools for assessing and managing nutrient export from watersheds and the resultant deleterious loads to the Black Sea. These tools must account for spatial heterogeneity in land cover and use, and explicitly address issues related to material transport. Application of such tools allow managers to identify prioritize and reduce exports from both point and non-point sources using approaches that are technically sound and cost-effective. The Project also demonstrates and evaluates the selected management interventions designed to reduce or eliminate nutrient export. The implementation of the WFD constitutes a major change in the management of coastal areas on the European level together with an appropriate change in the river basin management. For this purpose, the developed tools and models in the first phase of the project will be the core of a large decision support system (DSS) – the output of the second phase of the project, which also will be the base for producing River Basin Management Plans. The DSS will allow the general user, e.g., regional planners, civil servants etc. to perform large-scale analyses without requiring extensive experience in databases, GIS, and modeling tools.