The Protection of Nature; Common Priority!

The Protection of Nature; Common Priority!

Thu, 06.09.2018 - 13:32


The management capacity of Turkey for the protection of biodiversity is strengthened through the EU-funded project. On 6th of September 2018, project partners gathered in Ankara to review the way forward as well as the establishment of the future Natura 2000 network of the nature protection areas.

"The Strengthening National Nature Protection System for Implementation of Natura 2000 Requirements Project" is the first large scale EU supported intervention on nature and biodiversity conservation in Turkey.

Through the 6 Million Euro project, several different methodologies and tools are devised, which allows the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to establish the mechanism for the selection of Natura 2000 sites in the three biogeographical regions of Turkey (Anatolian, Black Sea and Mediterranean). The project also provided the review and completion of the national network of Natural Protected Areas, contributing to the long term conservation of biodiversity in Turkey.

The database, created though the project is compatible with the EU database on Natura 2000 and will contribute to improve data management both for potential Natura 2000 areas and the existing nature protection network in Turkey.

On the occasion, the Head of EU Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Christian Berger said: "Turkey is blessed with uniquely high level of biodiversity and habitat diversity. We trust that the EU support to nature protection through this and other initiatives will ensure a stronger management of biodiversity and natural resources in Turkey in line with the EU legislative framework."

The focus on protection of biodiversity has a long history in the EU. The EU Birds and Habitats Directives form the cornerstones of Europe's Biodiversity policy aiming at the conservation of both the species and their habitats through the protected area network of Natura 2000.


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 EU nature directives. The project aimed at protection and enhancement of the Turkey’s natural habitats and biodiversity; through strengthening the institutional and technical capacity to select and design NATURA 2000 Network in Turkey, piloting the methodologies in the Central Anatolia Region.

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