One of the great inland seas, the Black Sea is also one of the world’s most polluted marine environments. Discharges from industry and agriculture, via the rivers of Central and Eastern Europe, have turned it into a toxic soup. The local fishing industries have all but collapsed, and bathers at once popular holiday beaches are now warned against swimming. In just two or three decades, the sea’s biological resources, and its economic value to the communities living along its shores, have been wiped out. In response, the countries of the region have set up the Black Sea Environment Programme. Working at both international and local levels, its initiatives include the creation of national parks and sustainable fish farms alongside attempts to establish a common legal framework for member nations.
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