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GREEN DANUBE
(January 2017 – June 2019)

Integrated transnational policies and practical solutions for an environmentally-friendly Inland Water Transport system in the Danube region

GREEN DANUBE addresses major challenges in the Danube transport system and provides practical solutions to be used in subsequent emission reduction strategy and for further development of safer and low emission Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) as well as for the implementation of innovative green technologies. The project will focus on emission reductions from IWT in particular in ecologically sensitive areas such as the Danube Delta. The project aims to contribute to better integrated policies and practical solutions for further development of IWT while limiting its negative impact on the Danube ecosystem. GREEN DANUBE project is co-funded by European Union Funds (ERDF, IPA) under the Danube Transnational Programme and will run for 30 months (January 2017 – June 2019). The project is implemented by a transnational consortium of 10 co-funded organisations and 6 associated strategic partners (public authorities, international organizations, river commissions, consulting companies,) from 7 European countries (DE, AT, HU, RS, HR, RO, BG). The project has a total budget of 1.586.244 Euro, out of which ERDF contribution amounts 1.267.897,40 Euro & IPA contribution amounts 80.410 Euro.

A project factsheet can be downloaded here.

For more information and latest news, please refer to the GREEN DANUBE website.

ENVICOP
(May 2012 – May 2015)

The project ENVICOP (Environmentally Friendly Coastal Protection in a Changing Climate) was funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the EU under the People Programme in the Marie Curie Action "International Research Staff Exchange Scheme" - FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IRSES.

Project Partners:Partners within EnviCOP project were: • Seconda Universita degli Studi di Napoli, Italy; • Universita Politecnica Delle Marche, Italy; • Politecnico di Milano, Italy; • Universidade do Porto , Portugal; • Black Sea – Danube Association for Research and Development (Bulgaria); • SCRIPPS Institute of Oceanography, USA; • University of Vale do Itajai, Brazil.

Objectives: The ENVICOP project aimed to strengthen research partnerships between the above organizations, primarily through short period staff exchanges, focusing the research activities on advanced numerical and physical models tools to forecast short- and long-term phenomena with respect to coastal protection in a changing climate. The project will provide improved process understanding, new knowledge, improved numerical and physical model tools, resulting in introducing new and improved environmentally friendly coastal protection structures. ENVICOP results will finally serve decision makers in strengthening emergency planning arrangements; improving co-ordination of coastal and surface water flood risk; managing the investment of significant levels of public funding, and helping coastal communities adapt to climate change.

For more details click here (www.envicop.eu)

REPAIR
(August 2013 - May 2015)
The Project REPAIR (Regional Cooperation for Black Sea River Basins Environment Protection from Agricultural Polluters) has been financed by the Black Sea Joint Operational Programme 2007-2013, Project/Contract Ή 2.2.1.73799.317_MIS-ETC 1638.

Main objectives were: To promote cross border cooperation on monitoring and protection of Black Sea coastal zones and river basins; To increase joint knowledge and expertise for elaboration of river basins environmental action programs within the European research area; To strengthen data networks, promoting integration of instruments, methodologies and activities in the field of environmental protection of coastal areas in the Black Sea Regions. Activities include Increasing Joint Expertise in the Sector; Preparation of Research Methodologies; Creation and Development of Information Data Networks; Increasing Public Awareness with Active Involvement of Women; Preparation of 'River Basins Protection from Agricultural Polluters – Environmental Action Programs'.

Final beneficiaries of the project results are people from coastal communities, local authorities, environmental authorities, tourist companies and complexes, fishing industry, and other.

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Sim.COAST
: (April 2010 – April 2014)
The project SIM.COAST (Numerical Simulation Tools for Protection of Coasts against Flooding and Erosion) was financed by the 7th Framework Programme of the EU, FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IRSES, Project/Contract # 210085/2010

Project Partners: BDCA was one of the 3 EU partners, together with Wasserbau Institute, Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (Project-Coordinator), and the Civil Engineering Department of University of Roma Tre, who have established the Sim.Coast project consortium, together with two leading Chinese organizations: HoHai University, and Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute.

Objectives: To provide improved process understanding, new knowledge, methods, new and improved numerical tools, resulting in introducing new and improved coastal protection structures. Research activities of the project were focused on work-out/improve/coordinate advanced tools (numerical simulation models) that are able to forecast short term and long term phenomena with respect to coastal protection in a changing climate.

More information can be found here (http://cordis.europa.eu/result/rcn/150030_en.html)

5-th International Conference COASTLAB&apos2014
(September/October, 2014 γ.)
The 5th International Conference on The Application of Physical Modelling to Port and Coastal Protection, COASTLAB14, took place in Varna, Bulgaria, from 29 September to 2 October 2014.

The conference was organised by the Black Sea - Danube Coastal Research Association, under the auspices of the International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), Coastal and Maritime Hydraulics Committee (CMHC). Coastlab14 continued successful tradition, after Porto (2006), Bari (2008), Barcelona (2010) and Ghent (2012), to provide a forum to discuss the latest developments in physical modelling in the field of coastal and harbour engineering.

The Technical programme included 4 keynote lectures, and 80 (oral and poster) presentations in 16 technical sessions, presented and discussed by 120 participants from 24 countries. All published papers have been accepted after a peer-review process based on their full text. Keynote lectures, and presented papers are included in the 2 volumes of the Book of Proceedings, ISBN: 978-619-90271-1-0.

Download the contents of the proceedings.

Click here for more information.( www.coastlab14.com)

REGIOCLIMA
(2009-2012)

The project REGIOCLIMA (Regional cooperation towards adaptation to climate change) was financed by the EU regional development programme INTERREG IVC.

BDCA collaborated with the Regional Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Varna (RAPIV), who was the Bulgarian partner within a multinational EU consortium for the INTERREG IVC project REGIOCLIMA.

The purpose of REGIOCLIMA was to enhance cooperation among selected EU regions towards avoiding risk and reaping the benefits from a changing climate. The project action was targeted to: Emphasize the need to adapt to climate change; Support the broad public debate about adaptation strategies opened by the EC; Jointly develop the capacities of the participating regional authorities and institutions to facilitate adaptation to climate change.

For more information click here (http://cordis.europa.eu/result/rcn/150030_en.html)