We want every Black Sea citizen
to become Ocean Literate!


“An ocean literate society understands the impact that individuals and communities have on the ocean and the impact
that the ocean has on our lives and well-being. More than just a concept,
Ocean Literacy is a fundamental means to enhance
ocean knowledge, build connections in people’s lives, and support and encourage citizens and stakeholders to act in a positive
way for our Ocean. Ocean literacy is a way to advance sustainable practices, develop policy, promote responsible
citizenship, and encourage young people to be involved in shaping the future. Ocean literacy is essential to protect
the ocean for future generations”

Definition by the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA)

BRIDGE-BS establishes an Ocean Literacy Network
for the first time in the Black Sea Basin!

It is built to develop ownership and stewardship for the protection of the Black Sea.

This Network brings together marine scientists, educators, and ocean professionals.

It serves a knowledge base for anyone who is enthusiastic and curious about the Black Sea.


The Ocean Literacy concept was introduced in Europe a decade ago. However, many organizations and individuals in the Black Sea countries have a longer history of teaching about their sea and engaging communities.

Lack of information on Ocean Literacy Initiatives at the Black Sea Basin precludess effective collaboration and sharing of best practices among educators. To address this issue, EMSEA is working, as part of the BRIDGE-BS project, on inventorying, documenting and mapping ongoing and recent Ocean Literacy projects and initiatives in the Black Sea Basin that began in 2012 or later.

Information about such teaching and engagement activities, which we collectively refer to as the Ocean Literacy Initiatives, is sporadic and hardly obtainable because it has never been inventoried consistently.

Based on identified Ocean Literacy projects and initiatives we will build the Black Sea Literacy Network, through various team-building and stakeholder engagement strategies.

Online Directory of the Black Sea Literacy Initiatives is a product of
ongoing research and we continuously update the data

There is more to come.
Stay tuned!


For more information contact Aleksandre Gogaladze and Evy Copejans.
[email protected]

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