“Turkey has the largest protection areas in the Mediterranean”

01 Apr 2011

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The economic dimension of marine and coastal protection areas has been evaluated in a workshop in March.

New Horizons - “The Integration of Economic Principles into Planning Process of Marine and Coastal Protection Areas Workshop” was held in Ankara.

The workshop has been organized in the context of the “Strengthening Marine and Coastal Protected Area Network of Turkey Project”.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas (EPASA) President Ahmet Özyanık underlined that Turkey is the country, which has the largest protection areas in the Mediterranean, in his opening speech of the workhop that was organized by EPASA and UNDP in Turkey.

“This fire should last”

Mr Özyanık said that the “Strengthening Marine and Coastal Protected Area Network of Turkey Project” functions as “a lighter to start a fire towards strengthening the sensitivity in this field.”

Ahmet Özyanık said “We should work continuously to make sure this fire lasts forever”.

Özyanık mentioned that Turkey has the required infrastructure to develop the “Strengthening Marine and Coastal Protected Area Network of Turkey Project”.

Representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Public Works and Settlement, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs participated in the workshop along with the officials from the Undersecretariat for Maritime Affairs, the General Directorate for Nature Conservation and National Parks, the General Directorate of Forestry, EPASA, UNDP Turkey and the related NGOs.

Presentations and evaluations were delivered at the workshop about coastal and marine ecosystem services and products, the rationale and the importance for evaluating them, the integration of the economic principles into planning and the planning case study for the Datça-Bozburun SEPA.