On November 1, 2019, at 10:00 am, at the Flora Exhibition Center Burgas, for the eleventh time, a national round table “Sea – border or door” was held. The event brought together representatives of regional and local authorities, universities, educational structures, cultural institutes, non-governmental organizations and citizens.
The event’s patron, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marusya Lyubcheva, Ms. Ruska Boyadzhieva, Deputy Mayor for European Policies and Environment, and Prof. Diana Radoynova, Member of the Academic Staff of the ITU – “Assen Zlatarov” – Burgas, opened the event and gave tone of a friendly conversation about the challenges, benefits and resources of the Black Sea basin.
The team of the Via Pontica Foundation presented the project project “Innovative Techniques and Methods for Reducing Marine Litter in the Black Sea Coastal Areas”, priority 2.2. “Awareness Raising and Joint Actions for Reducing River and Marine Litter, Joint Operational Programme “Black Sea Basin 2014-2020” (BSB552 RedMarLitter) as part of the panel on environment and eco-innovation.
The discussion raised the issues of cooperation in the Black Sea region by developing a blue economy and participating in local fisheries initiative groups. Unconventional topics such as urban maritime culture and rare artifacts from the region were highlighted, revealing the diversity of creative economic and cultural opportunities for achievement.
The aptly-chosen date, on National Enlighteners Day and after the International Black Sea Day, successfully combined the ideas of synergy and impulse to work in the areas of research accessibility and integrated maritime policy through innovation.
The articles and research presented at the conference will be published in a special collection.