Turkish

TR2011/0327.21-05-01-001
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR
THE CONVERSION OF RIVER BASIN ACTION PLANS INTO RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT PLANS

Training on transboundary water management

March, 2016-. According to the United Nations approximately 40 per cent of the world’s population lives in river basins that comprise two or more countries. Transboundary water can be a source of conflicts between countries because of issues like upstream pollution that affects downstream countries,  floods due to mismanagement of the upstreamcountries etc. On the other hand, transboundary water bodies may also provide an opportunity for transboundary cooperation.

Turkey has many transboundary rivers and one of them is the Meriç-Ergene river basin. Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece are the riparian countries in the basin. And besides, the project ‘Conversion of river basin actions plans into river basin management plans’ will make a WFD river basin management plan for the Turkish part of the Meriç-Ergene river basin.

On 24 – 26 February 2016 the project consortium provided a successful training on transboundary water management. There were presentations and vivid discussions on the UN Water Convention (Helsinki Convention), the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube. Besides, there were presentations and lively questions and answers that provided hands-on experience on the transboundary water management of Spain and Portugal. Speakers came from Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands.

The training provided the Turkish trainees with lots of background and inside knowledge that can be of great help for Turkish transboundary water management. 

Henk Sterk

This Publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the Consortium led by Tragsatec and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.