The ”Preparation, Implementation and Monitoring of Species Action Plans for Endangered Species in Turkey within the Concept of a New Methodology” Project has been launched on 31th of August 2020 with the collaboration between Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and AGRECO Consortium. The project is co-financed by Turkish Republic and the EU under Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) programme. The project duration is 36 months.

The purpose of project is to establish Turkey’s Species Conservation Strategy by promoting the existing efforts on species conservation, and to set up an objective methodology for prioritising endangered species for preparation of Species Action Plans. This project is aiming to increase and enhance the capacities of the authorities and other key-stakeholders to be more skilled in preparation and implementation of Species Action Plans (SAP). SAP will be based on an analytical strategic approach thus ensuring long term viability of species under the anthropogenic (human-induced) threats.

AGRECO Consortium is responsible for efficient and effective implementation of the project.

Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, General Directorate of EU and Foreign Affairs, Department of EU Financial Assistance is the Operating Structure and will be acting as the Contracting Authority of the project.

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, is the End Beneficiary of the project.

Biodiversity loss is a critical issue of the modern world starting from 19th century, as countries were developing in a pace that was never seen, price was paid by losing most of the available “idle” areas, forests, wetlands and many other ecosystems. Increasing demand of exponential human population growth led to faster degradation of ecosystems and increase in pollution via by-products.

Loss of biodiversity is a great concern for more than 30 years for all nations. There are several institutions which focused on biodiversity earlier, however conservation of biodiversity became a global concern a couple of decades ago only. To coordinate and prioritise conservation action for the most threatened species, especially those for which a specific country or territory has a global responsibility, Species Action Plans are prepared.

Turkey has the legal tools to act towards the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable management of natural resources from the constitution itself and also from the obligations under a number of laws and by-laws. The Endangered Species project will bring together local knowledge, assess gaps and propose objective harmonized methodology in line with best examples from EU countries to ensure long term survival of threatened species in Turkey.

The overall objective is to “promote conservation of endangered species, through enhancing institutional capacity of the responsible organizations and the cooperation between them”. This will be a long-term challenge to Turkey. This operation will lay the foundation of effective species conservation. The overarching objective is the increase of viable healthy populations of threatened species in Turkey.

Result 1: Strengthen the capacity of responsible Ministries to conserve Turkey’s wild species by implementing conservation actions in species action plan. This Result is directly aiming to the capacity development needs at the governmental institutions level that directly refers to the purpose of the operation.

Result 2: Capacity building in stakeholders and raising awareness in public and increase understanding of natural resources, ecosystem services and associated threats and risks to species conservation. And the second Result is aiming at a larger spectrum of key-stakeholders: NGOs, universities and citizen to better understand the importance of species conservation in close link with the ecosystem services and our daily lives.

Project Stakeholders and Target Groups

The project stakeholders and target groups are the relevant public institutions, local governments and municipalities, regional and provincial directorates, regional development agencies, chambers, unions, professional and business organizations, universities, research institutes, and civil society organizations, hunters and media.

Name Last Name   Title Role in the Project
Seyit Ali KURTULUŞ Deputy Director General Senior Programme Officer (SPO)
Erdem KARAAĞAÇ Head of Department Project Coordinator (SPO Delegate)
Adem AĞIR Workgroup Manager Project Manager
Dr. Burak TATAR Agriculture and Forestry Expert Vice Project Manager
Emrah BOZKAYA Agriculture and Forestry Expert Vice Project Manager
Sibel ŞENEL ERTAŞ Biologist Member of Project Management Unit
İrfan GÜVEN Agricultural Engineer Member of Project Management Unit
Mahmut AKAN Aquaculture Engineer Member of Project Management Unit
Dr. Hasan EMİR Veterinary Surgeon Member of Project Management Unit
Ümit BOLAT Agriculture and Forestry Expert Member of Project Management Unit
Tuğba ABACI Veterinary Medicine Member of Project Management Unit
Ahmet ANAY Forest Engineer Member of Project Management Unit
Nurcihan MERCAN ERDOĞAN Working Group Officer Member of Project Management Unit
Muhammed Hakan ÇAKMAK Agriculture and Foresty Expert Member of Project Management Unit
Berna YALÇINKAYA Forest Engineer with MSc Member of Project Management Unit
Onur EVREN Biologist Member of Project Management Unit

Ottavio NOVELLI – Project Manager (AGRECO)

Mathieu PAGEAUX – Deputy Project Director (AGRECO)

Borut RUBINIC – Team Leader (AGRECO)

Erce KALKAN – Project Assistant (AGRECO)

Uğur ZEYDANLI – Head of Board (DKM)

Özge BALKIZ – Biodiversity Conservation Programme Coordinator (DKM)

Osman ERDEM – Head of Executive Board (DAD)

İlker ÖZBAHAR – Species Conservation and Monitoring Programme Coordinator (DAD)

Mehtap Bahadir KAYHAN – Project Manager (GIZ)

İlke ALTAY – Project Assistant (GIZ)


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