The Black Sea NGO Network of Varna, Bulgaria together with partners from four other Black Sea countries implements the project “Clean Rivers — Clean Sea! NGO actions for environmental protection within Black Sea area”. The project is aimed at developing the capacity of the NGO community in the sphere of international water management and pollution reduction of the Black Sea. The joint action is funded by the European Union through the Joint Operational Programme “Black Sea Basin 2007—2013” and its total cost is € 587,000.The length of the project is two years.

The project provides an overview of the achievements and prospects of the EU Water Framework Directive and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive focusing on the implementation of the basin principle in water management.The main objective of the project is to improve the effectiveness of the measures taken by different stakeholders to address the issue of water pollution — a commonenvironmental challenge for the Black Sea region.