The BRIDGE- BS project aims to identify a safe operating space within which a sustainable blue economy can flourish while mitigating the impact of multiple stressors. The project will develop predictive tools and capabilities necessary to understand and predict the impacts of climate and human driven multiple stressors on the Black Sea ecosystems. This is being addressed in work packages focused on 1) strengthening the knowledge based for the black sea; 2) ecosystem dynamics under multiple stressors; 3) resilience for a healthy Black Sea ecosystem; 4) adaptive management; 5) smart observations and technologies for tackling multiple stressors, boosting innovation and supporting monitoring; 6) socio-economics and social innovations; 7) accelerating ‘industry 4.0 business models; 8) science-based policy-making; and 9) education and capacity building. During the General Assembly, updates were given by work package leads on the progress of their work over the past year, and workshops were held on data, resilience and scenarios.
Sheila and Britt held a workshop at the end of the General Assembly to as an initial step towards the development of an international policy brief aiming to highlight the key, policy-relevant outcomes from the BRIDGE project, and to identify priorities for future research. Work on writing the policy brief will begin in the second half of 2024, with the aim to publish it at the end of 2025.
Find out more about the BRIDGE project here.