Trakya University Rector Project Coordination Implementation and Research Center and Black Sea Institute Association carried out the project titled “Prevention of Risks for Sustainable Development of the Region” under the INTERREG-IPA Bulgaria-Turkey Cross-Border Cooperation Program was organized ‘the First Meeting of the Project and Project Press Meeting” in Burgas on 23-24 November 2017. The meeting was organized in Burgas – Bulgaria by Burgas Black Sea Institute Association, the leader partner of the project. In addition to the Bulgarian delegation, the vice governor of Burgas, the Municipality team and members of the press participated in the meeting.

The project is a joint operation of the the Burgas Black Sea Union Institute and Edirne Trakya University which is funded by INTERREG-IPA Bulgaria-Turkey Cross-Border Cooperation Program,

Within the framework of the project, expert teams of the two partner countries will undertake assessment and analysis of technological and ecological risks in the cross-border region in general and develop risk prevention methods.

Project activities include:

Assessing and investigating possible risks in the cross-border region:

The first and most important goal of the project is to conduct a survey on the identification of possible risks in the cross border region. The answers to all the questions are of great importance for the project team and the collaborative work of the related people.

It relies on the participation and contribution of the project team, all citizens and local and regional authorities to enable identification of risky areas on the map and to take precautionary measures against ecological and technological risks in the trans-border region. In the border areas of the two countries, it covers the cities Burgas, Yambol, Haskovo provinces from Bulgaria, Edirne and Kırklareli provinces from Turkey.

Risk analysis and identification of risky areas on the map:

In the context of risk assessment and analysis, risky regions in the cross-border region will be identified on the map. It will be possible to reach the map showing risky areas easily via internet or smart phones. The risky regions will be reflected in different colors in the map and it will be easily understood on this point.


Risk assessment experts will offer special training local governments in the most risky areas, various municipalities and muhtars, agricultural operators, business people, etc.. These trainings will include risk prevention, proposals for environmental protection in extraordinary situations, reliable business sector, human health and the protection of people’s property.

Health risk report:

In particular, project experts will prepare a health risk report for citizens living in the cross-border region.

Establishment of Information Center:

In the information center established about the project, trainings and investigation about the risk assessments and analyzes and risk prevention methods and experience and information will be shared.

Our project will ensure that the various risks are identified and that the public will have a clearer understanding of the situation of the region. Precautionary measures will be taken to prevent risks and alleviate the consequences. The fact that local and regional authorities have the necessary knowledge and that the business sector and citizens are prepared for all kinds of disasters, accidents, damages and dangers will strengthen the cross-border economy and make people and communities feel more secure.

The total amount financed by the European Union is 81 208.34 euros. The project, which will last for 15 months, will end on 17.11.2018.

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