Guide Users’ guide to the Black Sea Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis


The purpose of the Black Sea Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) is to provide, on the basis of clearly established evidence, information relating the degradation of the Black Sea to its underlying causes and to elucidate practical actions which can be taken to rehabilitate and protect this unique environment.

Design of the TDA

The current TDA is designed in three operational levels. These are as follows:

Level One: The perceived transboundary problems, their root causes and the areas where action is proposed

This Level, consisting of a single table, serves as a logistical "map" for the TDA. It considers the seven major perceived problems of environmental degradation in the Black Sea Commons. It examines the transboundary elements of these problems (elements shared by two or more countries) and then relates them to their major underlying institutional or societal root causes. In all cases, the root causes are common to a large number of environmental problems and require changes in the role given to environmental issues within the priorities of governments and the public in general.

In order to deal with the more specific matter of recommending a series of effective actions for the Black Sea, the table identifies three major generic areas where proposals can be formulated: reduction of pollution; living resources management and sustainable human development. For each of these areas a number of more specific issues are identified. These issues are extensively developed in the other levels of the TDA.

Level Two: Action areas: an overview of the specific actions proposed for each identified issue

Working on the basis of the issues identified in Level one, these tables examine the nature of specific problems identified as contributors to the decline of the Black Sea environment. For each problem, the tables identify stakeholders (or major actors, where appropriate). They examine the management uncertainties and knowledge gaps which need to be filled. They present a series of practical proposals (for inclusion in the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan) and the cost of international action where possible. Finally, they identify products which should be obtained through the successful implementation of the actions and the milestones (dates) by when these goals should be attained.

Level Three: Detailed information on the “action areas” and related issues

Many of the identified “action areas” could only be treated rather superficially in Level two. More information was needed if the recommended actions were to be properly justified. The function of Level three is to present the detailed justification or proposals. The reader will find information on the relative importance of certain sources of pollution, on identified “hot spots” requiring urgent action, on specific actions needed to protect biodiversity, promote better management of living resources, to protect habitats or to manage the coastal zone in an integral manner. The numbering employed for these sections follows that of Level two, e.g. C 1.1. relates to a detailed section on fisheries issues.

More information

The attention of the reader is drawn to the BSEP Technical Series which will contain detailed regional assessments of virtually all areas covered by the TDA. Further technical information can be obtained from the PCU and from the numerous scientific publications classified and listed in:

See also

Welcome What is the Black Sea Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis
Preface A joint commitment to saving the Black Sea
Contact How to contact authors and designers
Acronyms Abbreviations used in the Black Sea Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis