Maritime forum

2017 BLACK SEA STAKEHOLDER CONFERENCE ON BLUE ECONOMY, 15 September 2017, Batumi (Georgia)

Event date:
15/09/2017 (All day)
4th annual high-level stakeholder conference


European Commision



Stakeholder conference on blue economy in the Black Sea

Connecting the region through marine and maritime cooperation

Building on the success of the previous three events, in Bucharest (2014), Sofia (2015) and most recently in Odessa (2016), the conference has turned into a main forum for institutional and private stakeholders working on maritime affairs in the Black Sea to discuss common actions to:

  • support blue growth,
  • support integration,
  • share innovative business practices,
  • improve marine knowledge and enhance marine environment
  • promote maritime careers,
  • identify sources of funding for maritime projects and
  • seek partners to fulfil them.

Technical workshops will focus the debates on the above-mentioned themes and seek an open discussion with the audience.

This year, the conference will also take stock of the implementation of the Bucharest declaration adopted in October 2016 on sustainable fisheries and discuss concrete actions to improve the sustainability of fishing resources, particularly with regard to scientific advice, sustainable small-scale fisheries, capacity building, and fight against IUU fishing.

In the margins of the conference there will be plenty opportunities for networking. A small exhibition is planned in the common spaces to offer inspiration and topics to debate. Among the exhibitors are: Georgian Ministry of EnvironmentMEDCOAST foundationAnaklia Development ConsortiumBulgarian Institute of Oceanology, Batumi State Maritime Academy, Flora & Fauna InternationalBatumi Shota Rustavelli State University.

The udpated conference programme, speakers' guide and the list of the registered participants are published below.

The online REGISTRATIONS will be open until 6 September 2017, at 12.00 CET.

After this, you will be able to register on the spot in Batumi, before the start of the conference. 

Conference programmeBlackSeaConf_agenda_fin.pdf (EN)

List of participants: ListOfParticipants_12092017.pdf

Speakers' guide: Speakers' Guide - Final.pdf (EN)

Venue: Hotel Radisson Blu Batumi (1 Ninoshvili Street 6000 Batumi Georgia) 

Location: Batumi, Georgia
Date: 15/09/2017

Press corner: What is integrated maritime policy? IMP_background_press_EN.doc ; IMP_background_press_UA.DOCIMP_background_press_RU.DOC ; IMP_background_press_RO.docxIMP_background_press_BG.docx

Actions in the Black Sea:  

Funded by the European maritime and fisheries fund (EMFF) (scroll down the page to find projects) (in the search bar, please type "Black Sea")


Funded by the Black Sea Cross-border cooperation programme (Black Sea CBC)


European Commission, DG MARE - Black Sea


Black and Caspian Sea project


European Commission/UNDP, EMBLAS - Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea ​


EU Horizon 2020's SME Instrument (Georgia, Turkey, Ukraine, Republic of Moldova associated)

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  • Alla Kobylianska's picture

    Will contribute to the conference as a representative of civil society of Ukraine promotion sustainable economic development and cooperation within Black Sea region, have suggestions on joint projects

  • Grigol Abramia's picture

    Maritime cooperation in the Black Sea will enhance Georgia to support blue growth that improves marine knowledge and enhance marine environment.

  • nbishwan's picture

    Please send me the promotion code to register to the events. Hope for your valuable support and cooperation as the soonest.

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