Turkey will identify sensitive marine areas

21 May 2010

“Identifying the Sensitive Marine Areas” Workshop will be held between May 20-21, 2010, at the Yücelen Hotel in Akyaka, Muğla within the context of “Strengthening the System of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas of Turkey” project. The project aims to facilitate expansion of the national system of marine and coastal protected areas and improve its management effectiveness.

The workshop is structured to include a brief introduction of the Strengthening the System of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas of Turkey’s Project; current situation and activities conducted within the MCPAs in Turkey will be briefly reviewed; and the discussions will be facilitated through working groups in line with the above mentioned objectives. The workshop will be concluded with the technical field visit to Fisheries Restricted Areas proposed in the Gökova Special Environmental Protected Area.

Representatives of related governmental bodies along with the local authorities, universities, relevant national and local NGOs and international agencies are expected to participate in the workshop.

• to agree on the definition of sensitive marine areas (core and buffer zones) and identify the criteria and standards to support the definition;
• to determine the potential activities such as marine tourism, fisheries etc. that will be authorized within the sensitive areas;
• to determine the parameters to be used for the marine Gap Analysis which will be carried out to identify the possible Marine and Coastal Protected Areas along the coastlines of Aegean and Mediterranean

The Global Environment Fund (GEF) funded project is executed by the Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas (EPASA) working in close cooperation with the General Directorate for Nature Conservation and National Parks (GDNCNP), and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs General Directorate Control Protection. The project is implemented by UNDP Turkey, and it will be carried out between 2009 and 2013.

The project has importance not only for conservation of marine biodiversity but also strengthening marine protected area network in Turkey.