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This photo shows Kefken, in the northwestern province of Kocaeli, one of the five Black Sea marine areas in Turkey that are set to be protected by the new project. Hürriyet photo

This photo shows Kefken, in the northwestern province of Kocaeli, one of the five Black Sea marine areas in Turkey that are set to be protected by the new project. Hürriyet photo

A new EU-supported project has earmarked a number of areas on the Black Sea, including sites in
Turkey, for a series of new protection zones in which human activity will be minimized to conserve the environment.

“The project is a great chance for the Black Sea’s future and we want the regions extending from the Adriatic to Gibraltar to be protected,” Dr. Bayram Öztürk, a professor at Istanbul University and the coordinator of the project, told daily Radikal. “The project will last for four years and draw participation from 59 scholars from 22 countries. All means of human traffic [in the protected zones] will be prohibited.”
The protection project was outlined at the first scientific meeting of COCONET, an EU-supported endeavor to protect the seas, on July 16 and 17 at Istanbul University.

Five areas in Turkey are set to be protected including Şile in Istanbul, Kefken in the neighboring province of Kocaeli, İğneada in the northwestern province of Kırklareli, the deltas of the Kızılırmak and Yeşilırmak rivers in Samsun, Cide and Doğanyurt in Kastamonu, as well as the Mergit reef offshore from Trabzon.
The aim of the project is to establish closed protection zones against tourism, environmental and noise pollution, sea traffic and fishing.

In the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, research will be carried out until 2016 to determine similar protection zones before presenting suggestions for conservation to the European Union.

The EU will make a decision on whether to declare the suggested zones as protected areas, while the second leg of the process will be to convey the decision to EU member countries, Öztürk said.

July/21/2012

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Sid Mark

9/11/2012 8:01:49 PM

You nice people.Money from Europe is welcome.But let these nice people to spend it where they think fit and proper.Shish kebab.

mara mcglothin

9/5/2012 3:02:03 PM

BLUE NADIRI Turkey has not been big on committing money to these kind of protection projects, and while the majority of you no longer believe in EU membership for Turkey, there are plenty of people lined up to accept the money coming into Turkey from the EU. Simple. And what was it again that the esteemed PM said about a few "amulets" that were discovered while building the tunnel in Istanbul? The protection of the environment is not on the list, unless you use someone else's money!

Nadiri Başaran

7/22/2012 12:00:15 PM

Turkey is not in the EU, so what's it got to do with them? Turkey can make her own decisions.

Blue Dotterel

7/21/2012 7:55:57 PM

Why does Turkey need the EU to declare these protection zones? Are they not within Turkey's territorial waters? Turkey can declare them herself, and support them herself. The EU could contribute should they desire to afterwards. Time to behave like an independent people, don't you think?

Diren Sesel

7/21/2012 3:32:47 AM

How about preventing dams being made in Turkey.
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