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BLACK SEA WATCH winter school for students from Istanbul at Sile, Turkey

BLACK SEA WATCH winter school for students from Istanbul at Sile, Turkey

23.12.2016
On 17 and 18 December, TÜDAV Foundation - Turkish partner in BLACK SEA WATCH project "Black Sea Marine Environment Research With Public Participation" – has organized winter school for students from Istanbul at Sile town on the Black Sea coast. The event was held at Grand Hotel Sile and at the town’s beach. TÜDAV experts presented different Black Sea inhabitants and problems and threats these and whole sea face - invasive species and their impact on local fauna, pollution, overfishing and depleted fish stocks. Project manager from Green Balkans NGO has presented the diversity and importance of Black Sea for hundreds of bird species as breeding, resting and wintering site as well as migratory route. Discipline and attention demonstrated by the kids during the presentations and how quick these were in realizing the connections in the Black sea ecosystem were impressive.

Project coordinator demonstrated how to use the mobile app and the website BLACKSEAWATCH.ORG produced within the project. By working in groups on different tasks students had the chance to learn more about invasive species, threats and marine litter. The interest demonstrated by the young people on different presented topics and active discussions on problems and issues in the practical exercises was impressive.

During the field visit on the nearby beach several interesting observations have been registered including a rare bird species – European Shag!
 
Contacts:
Dimitar Popov, e-mail: dpopov@greenbalkans.org
The project is co-funded by the European Union and Republic of Turkey (within the framework of the Civil Society Dialogue between EU and Turkey-IV Programme Environment)