Information
  • Lead-organizer: Turkey
  • 13:15 - 14:45
  • Date: 19 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-7

Green Growth Approach in the River Basin Management Planning

Organizing partners

Counterparts
Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs
Beneficiary
Waste Water Treatment Facility Establishing and Operating Union (Afyon Municipilaty)
Stakeholders
Turkish Ministry of Environment and City Planning
Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock
University of Afyon Kocatepe

Introduction

Basin Protection Action Plans which have been prepared by General Directorate of Water Management have the same vision with River Basin Management Plans. Basin Protection Action Plans for 25 basins in Turkey aims; protection of the water resources potential in every condition, best use of water resources, prevention of pollution, improving the quality of polluted water resources.



Water scarcity is an important subject for Turkey. To resolve the water scarcity problem and reduce the taxes, agricultural and water sectors make a great effort. Untreated waste water is an important point of interest. There is a project started between Netherlands and Turkey called ?Reuse of Treated Waste Water in Irrigation: Afyon Municipality Pilot Project? and Afyon was selected as pilot city. The aim of the project is to provide using new technologies for reuse of waste water in irrigation.

Detailed programme

To carry water resources to the future generation in a clean and healthy way, it is necessary to use water with protection and to consider water within a framework of soil-living being-climate relation. Development in technology has been a tool to provide maximum benefit from water resources. Parallel to this development, with the increase in urbanization and industrialization, especially during 1980s problems related with environmental pollution had arised and the most affected natural resource was water resources.

In order to protect and enhance the existing water quality of our water resources, it is necessary at first to know the qualification of the water and then to define the protection principles within the framework of consumption-protection equilibrium. Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, has constituted its pathway by defining short, medium and long term goals. Especially with the effect of European Union period; harmonization of legislation, planning for implementation, enhancing the institutional capacity, defining the management models intended for treatment and disposal, setting economic instruments such as incentives and sanctions, water policies have brought into action.

General Directorate of Water Management is developing some plans considering EU standards. Basin Protection Action Plans which have been prepared by General Directorate of Water Management have the same vision with River Basin Management Plans. It will not be so diffucult to change those action plans into EU standards. The success of Turkey on EU membership process will be moved in practice by those plans. Basin Protection Action Plans for 25 basins in Turkey aims; protection of the water resources potential in every condition, best use of water resources, prevention of pollution, improving the quality of polluted water resources. When the action plans are implemented, the pressures on water ecosystem will be minimized.

In 2011 by the coordination of General Directorate of Water Management;

? River Basin Protection Action Plans have been prepared for 11 basins (Marmara, Susurluk, Kuzey Ege, Küçük Menderes, Büyük Menderes, Burdur, Konya, Ceyhan, Seyhan, Kızılırmak, Yeşilırmak),
? The studies for preparing River Basin Protection Action Plans have been started for 9 basins (Antalya Basin, Doğu Akdeniz Basin, Batı Karadeniz Basin, Fırat-Dicle Basin, Doğu Karadeniz Basin, Batı Akdeniz Basin, Çoruh Basin, Aras Basin),
? The studies for revision of River Basin Protection Action Plans have been started for 5 basins (Meriç -Ergene, Gediz, Sakarya, Akarçay, Van)

The EU supported project ?River Basin Management Plans for 5 Basins (Susurluk, Akarçay, Meriç, Konya Kapalı, Büyük Menderes)? which has a 6.600.000 ? budget will be started in 2013.

Water shortage is an important subject for Turkey. To resolve the water shortage problem and reduce the taxes, agricultural and water sectors make a great effort. Untreated waste water is an important point of interest. Technological improvements and growing economical potential in Turkey provide opportunity for being used of non traditional water resources. Semi treated waste water useage is the best example for those non traditional water resources.
In this context, there is a project started between Netherlands and Turkey called ?Reuse of Treated Waste Water in Irrigation: Afyon Municipality Pilot Project? and Afyon was selected as pilot city. The aim of the project is to provide using new technologies for reuse of waste water in irrigation. The success of the project is not only important for the agriculture (irrigation of the areas near the cities) but also for the environment (need for environmental investments). There will be capacity building, educational and legislation meetings besides introducing the new technologies. The Project will be an example for the other municipalities to reuse of treated waste water.
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