Published: Saturday, 09 March 2019 Print Email


On 9th of March the Center for Coastal and Marine Studies (CCMS) celebrates its first year of establishment and work. We have accomplished so much, but the best is yet to come!

The CCMS was born with the fundamental goal of developing and promoting science, research, knowledge transfer and innovation technologies in the Black Sea and in the World Ocean by bringing together science, environment, expertise, stakeholders and policy making.

Our activities comprise a vast range of coastal and marine research (studies and surveys in the field of modern coastal and marine processes), as well as support to implementation of the EU coastal and maritime Strategies and Directives (MSP, ICZM, Blue Growth, etc.) by developing scientific basis and providing expertise, and project development, knowledge transfer, networking and consultancy.

CCMS is directly advised by Advisory Committee (AC), which currently involves fifteen distinguished and outstanding scientists and experts from different institutes, universities and organizations all around the globe (Australia, Belgium, Greece, Columbia, Estonia, Italy, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and U.S.A). For more information on AC members follow the section for AC on our webpage: http://www.ccms.bg/en/about-ccms/advisory-committee. 

During the first year CCMS contributed greatly to coastal/marine research and decision-making by providing scientific knowledge and expertise to reducing impacts of coastal flooding and adapting coastal zones and ecosystems to climate change, Maritime Spatial Planning, Blue Economy and sustainable coastal development, oil spill sensitivity mapping of the Bulgarian coastline, reducing beach and marine litter, shoreline changes and coastal erosion, etc.

CCMS has contributed to several project consortiums for developing large EU project proposals under different programmes and frameworks. In addition, our outreach activities included organization of EGU2018 Geomorphology Session: Coastal zone geomorphologic interactions: natural versus human-induced driving factors (sponsored by CCS - IGU) by CCMS Director Dr. Margarita Stancheva together with our AC members: Dr. Andreas Baas, Prof. Giorgio Anfuso, Dr. Hannes Tonisson and Dr. Guillaume Brunier



and compiling and editing the July 2018 Newsletter of the Commission on Coastal Systems of the International Geographical Union by CCMS Director Dr. Margarita Stancheva and Prof. Norbert Psuty (four members of the CCS Steering Committee have become members to the CCMS Advisory Committee: Prof. Colin Woodroffe, Prof. Norbert Psuty, Prof. Fran├žoise Breton and Dr. David Green).

We participated at large international events, such as European Maritime Day Burgas 2018, Bulgaria on 31 May-01 June 2018 and MSP Workshops, and were invited at the MUSES H2020 Project Final Conference on 10 October 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

For more information visit CCMS website: www.ccms.bg

Follows us on:
Social media: https://web.facebook.com/ccms.bg/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CCMSBG

Our first birthday is the perfect opportunity to greatly thank all our AC members, colleagues and friends for their continuing support and great collaboration in the first exciting year of CCMS!

Let`s wish us a Happy Birthday and many more to come!

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