Within the framework of the “Preparation, Implementation and Monitoring of Action Plans for Endangered Species in Turkey within the Scope of a New Methodology” Project, which is carried out by the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and with the financial support of the European Union Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II (IPAII), in the series of workshops aiming to combine up-to-date information on the situation of different taxonomic groups in Turkey with information on population, distribution, threat, and protection needs, the workshop on “Defining Constraints Encountered During the Implementation of Conservation Actions in Previous Action Plans, Detailed Evaluation of Challenges and Barriers” was held between 13-14 July, in Ankara.
The workshop organized within the scope of the project began with the welcoming speech of Ilker Ozbahar, the Coordinator of the Nature Research Association’s Species Conservation and Monitoring Program. In the opening speeches, AGRECO Assistant Project Manager Mathieu Pageaux, EU Delegation Sector Manager Özge Gökçe Aktaş, IPA Director Dr. İ. Raci Bayer, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Wildlife Department Head Hüseyin Gökçe Meşe shared their views. The Operation and the General Situation Assessment of the project was carried out by Borut Rubinic, the team leader of the project.
In the group works of the 2-day workshop, held in accordance with the COVID-19 Measures, in terms of the species action plans evaluations were made in 4 phases;
- Action Plan preperation process
- Action Plan’s preparation process
- Implementation of activities
- Monitoring of activities.
84 people participated in the action plans, including representatives of the central and local units of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, as well as experienced individuals, experts, specialists, and academicians.
In the workshops that will continue throughout the project, effective solutions for the protection of wild species will be researched and conclusions will be drawn. By informing the stakeholders after the conservation activities, the project will have achieved its main objectives.