The EU Supports Protection of Groundwater in Turkey

The EU Supports Protection of Groundwater in Turkey

Fri, 07.09.2018 - 13:57


Turkey's management capacity for the protection of groundwater is substantially improved through the EU-funded project. Today, project partners gathered in Ankara to celebrate the project's successful results.

The € 2 million project contributed to substantial improvement of the technical and institutional capacity of Turkey for the protection and sustainability of groundwater resources; with a specific focus on the groundwater bodies in Sakarya and Akarçay Basins.

With the project, Turkish legislation is aligned with the EU groundwater directive. In addition, for the first time a groundwater body delineation methodology in line with the EU directive is devised for Turkey. Last but not the least, a total of 85 groundwater bodies in Sakarya and Akarçay Basins have been studied. As a result, the project created a substantial amount of data and considerably improved the capacity at the institutional level. 

On the occasion, the Head of EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger said: "95% of the world's fresh water, excluding glaciers and ice caps is found underground. Groundwater is a crucial source of drinking water, supplying the water systems used by three out of every four EU citizens. We are happy to see the commitment of Turkey for the protection and sustainability of groundwater resources towards the full implementation of the Water Framework Directive, one of the closing benchmarks of Chapter 27 negotiations."


The Instrument for Pre-accession Support to Turkey in the field of Environment:

The European Union has been supporting Turkey through the Instrument for Pre-accession (IPA) in a variety of sectors including Environment and Climate Action. The support of the EU in this field is ranging from investments on protection of water resources and water supply to building capacity to manage water, waste, chemicals, air quality, natural resources, coping with climate change and managing disasters. The support provided by the EU since 2002 to Turkey on environmental issues has exceeded € 1 billion.

The EU environmental acquis is among the most complex challenges of the accession process with over 300 pieces of legislation that are continuously improving and evolving.

The project provided support to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to build their capacity to fulfil the requirements of the Groundwater Directive (2006/18/EC - GWD and the related provision of the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC - WFD). The project aimed at transfer of know-how on groundwater management as well as hands-on training and the actual monitoring of groundwater in two pilot basins, namely Sakarya and Akarçay River Basins for 12 consecutive months.


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