The Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology covers all aspects of the problems of sustainable development and ecology.
BALKAN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOCIATION (B.EN.A.) –
DEVELOPING A SCIENTIFIC NETWORK IN BALKAN AND BLACK SEA REGION
Balkan Environmental Association (B.EN.A) is an international nongovernmental scientific organization tasked with preserving the environment and culture of Balkan countries. Nowadays our association have more 4,000 active members. The organization is aimed at developing the cooperation and the exchange of environmental information among its members in as well as identifying and appraising the current problems of environmental protection on a national, regional and international basis.
The primary scopes of B.EN.A. are:
B.EN.A’s specialists are involved in the study of pollution (air, water, soil, agricultural, industrial); ecology; risk assessment; waste management; radioactivity; clean technologies; environmental education, environmental legislation, management and informatics; health impact and computer application to environmental issues.
1. B.EN.A. INFRASTRUCTURE is based on Academic Institutions and form an environmental scientific network, as follow:
International Research Secretariate for Southeastern Europe - Balkan Environmental Association (ISSE-BENA)NIRDEP - National Institute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa", Constanta, Romania
The “Liaison Offices” have the mission to partner to help conserve, improve and sustain natural resources and the environment and are in a position to identify emerging environmental issues, in particular:
For better coordination of the association activities, International Board of BENA proposed the functioning of the International Centers/Offices on different environmental topics.
2. RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
2.1. SPONSORSHIP OF RESEARCH PROJECTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS
Since 2001 up today B.EN.A. developed in the Balkan region the Program for research projects and scholarships, as results were funded 147 research projects and 263 scholarships for young scientists.
The Calls were developed in the following environmental topics: pollution control in environmental media for hot point’s identification, new methods/techniques development in relation with international requirements; environmental impact/risk assessment for identification of areas, where pollution abatement, clean production or ecological reconstruction are required; environmental technologies (drinking water, waste water, wastes); training and consulting for EMS (ISO 14001) and QMS (EN 45001) development and implementation for certification/accreditation etc.
3. TRAINING PROGRAM ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONS
B.EN.A. is running TRAINING CENTERS on ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONS for specialists and unemployed people, in order to improve their professional status and to update their knowledge on modern environment management, in order to face the job market demands.
The Training Centers were funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hellenic Republic (Department of International Development and Co-operation-HELLENIC AID) in 2002 and were running for two years program, having the great impact and success in the region.
B.ENA. continues its efforts for the sustaining training activity on environmental professions with the support of private companies like: TITAN S.A., CARPATCEMENT Heidelberg Cement Group, BANCPOST Romania, TOMINI TRADING SRL, PROCTER & GAMBLE, ANCDPI, Balkan Mineral and Mining.
During 2002-2012 more than 1,400 persons graduated the courses on environmental professions in Constanta, Bucharest, Plovdiv, Varna, Skopje and Belgrade. The Training Centers are functioning as follow:
B.EN.A. is member of the International SKILLSnet of CEDEFOP – European Union Center for the Development of Vocational Education and Training.
4. SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATON – Journal of environmental Protection and Ecology (JEPE) is an official journal of B.EN.A., which is starting to serve as a digital library for environmental issues.
The Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology (JEPE) is indexed and abstracted in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch*) and Journal Citation Reports/Science edition, Thomson Scientific, and in Elsevier Bibliographic Databases (Geobase and EMBiology), Ulrich Database. The Journal is refereed in Chemical Abstracts and Referativnii jurnal “Khimiya”.
Impact Factor (2014) = 0.838 ;
The 5-year Impact factor is: 0.661
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) / H Index: 9
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The main topics of interest are:
5. SCIENTIFIC EVENTS
B.EN.A. organized and co-organized more than 80 scientific events on different environmental topics in Greece, Romania, Croatia, Turkey, Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria and FYR Macedonia.
The scientific events were organized by B.EN.A. with the support of public institutions and local authorithies:
6. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Environmental education have been once more recognized as a very powerful tool for the appropriate ecological knowledge’s of the coming generations and not only, is the key factor for the tomorrow, active citizens. B.EN.A. put all efforts to introduce the environmental principles and concept to the young people and especially to pupils. The “feedback” from these actions are quite impressive and promising, the “kids are only sure quality for the future of this planet”.
Alexander Technological Education Institute of Thessaloniki
P.O. Box 141, 57400-Sindos, Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel: +302310791420; Fax: +302310791300
International Research Secretariat for Southeastern Europe (ISSE - BENA)
NRDIEP - National Institute for Marine Research and Development „Grigore Antipa”
Bd. Mamaia 300, Constanta 900584, Romania
Tel: +40 241 545280, Fax: +40 241 831274
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