EU Supports Protection of the Marine Environment in Turkey
An EU-funded project is helping to protect Turkey's marine and coastal ecosystems. Project partners gathered in Ankara this week to take stock of the successful results and the way forward for the protection and sustainability of the marine environment. Mr Recep Akdeniz, Acting Deputy Director-General of the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation, and Mr Tibor Sztaricskai, Deputy Head of Section at the EU Delegation to Turkey reviewed the project's achievements.
The project has helped Turkey to prepare for the implementation of the EU's Marine Strategy Framework Directive, which aims to protect more effectively the marine environment across Europe.
Besides trainings and study visits for over 200 experts from the relevant institutions, the €2.5m project also produced various reports that will pave the way forward for Turkey regarding the implementation of the Directive. Also, the first socio-economic analysis for Turkey's seas and coastal areas was prepared.
Marine and coastal areas are of significant importance when it comes to both the benefits they provide and their vulnerabilities to external threats such as climate change and over exploitation of resources. From an EU perspective, the management of human activities in the seas requires an integrated, holistic approach in order to ensure the resilience of marine ecosystems and the long-term delivery of ecosystem services, such as contributing to the provision of food and water and the mitigation of climate change.
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.
Marine and coastal areas are of significant importance when it comes to both the benefits they provide and their vulnerabilities to external threats such as climate change and over exploitation of resources. From an EU perspective, the management of human activities in the seas requires an integrated, holistic approach in order to ensure the resilience of marine ecosystems and the long-term delivery of ecosystem services.
The Marine Strategy Framework Directive, adopted in 2008, is the main legislative instrument aiming to maintain biodiversity, provide diverse and dynamic oceans and seas that are healthy, clean and productive. The Directive is a central component of the EU (Integrated Maritime) Policy response to tackling the wide range of challenges caused by exploitation of resources in Europe's seas, such as fisheries.
Since mid-2016, the EU Member States (MSs) started implementing the programme of measures they have identified according to the Directive, that aims to achieve "Good Environmental Status" for all marine waters by 2020. The Directive requires MS to be in close cooperation with the Regional Seas Conventions towards the protection and sustainability of the marine and coastal ecosystems at a Good Environmental Status (GES).
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