Project Progress


“Strengthening the system of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas of Turkey” Project officially commenced in May 2009, and will end in April 2014. The progress achieved is presented in quarterly periods:


  • July-September 2013

    Foca SEPA Local Working Group's first meeting, to which both local public officers, academician and NGO representatives attended, was held in Foca on 26 Agust 2013. The meeting had 16 participants from members of the LWG. more

  • April-July 2013

    The Local Working Groups Meetings were held on 17-21 June 2013 in Mugla SEPA's (Gokova, Datca-Bozburun, Koycegiz-Dalyan, Fethiye-Gocek SEPA) (N=71) more

  • January- April 2013

    A meeting was held to launch The Mediterranean Marine and Coastal State Report, prepared by UNEP MAP provides information on the overall nature of Mediterranean ecosystems and defines pressures affecting the state of Mediterranean’s environment, to which 21 countries have coast with high-ranking officials from Turkey, representatives of the contracting parties of the Barcelona Convention, in Turkey, NGOs partners to the UNEP/MAP and the press (n=50) on 16 January 2013 in Ankara. more

  • October 2012 - January 2013

    33 representatives of 8 fishery cooperatives from Gökova and Datça-Bozburun SEPAs visited Foça SEPA to exchange experiences between 3 and 5 October 2012. Sustainable Tourism Trainings were delivered to representatives (n=41) of governmental bodies, local authorities, NGOs, private sector and universities at Foça SEPA and Ayvalik Islands Nature Park between 5 and 6 November 2012. more

  • July- October 2012

    A meeting was held to evaluate the assessment report and draft action plan on legislative and infrastructural requirements to mitigate the ship-based marine pollution in Fethiye-Göcek SEPA with representatives (n=30) from governmental bodies, local authorities, NGOs and private sector on 5 July 2012 in Gocek, Mugla. more

  • April- July 2012

    A workshop was held to identify the sustainable and environment friendly economic activities for Ayvalık Adaları Nature Park and Foça SEPA with representatives (n=25& n=28 respectively) from governmental bodies, local authorities, NGOs, private sector and universities on 12 and 13 April 2012 in Ayvalık and Foça respectively. more

  • January- April 2012

    A workshop was held to identify the sustainable and environment friendly economic activities for four SEPAs with representatives (n=49) from governmental bodies, local authorities, NGOs, private sector and universities on 15 March 2012 in Akyaka, Mugla. more

  • October 2011-January 2012

    The meeting on the “Benefits of FRAs and Designation of Potential Areas for Datça-Bozburun SEPA was held with intensive participation of local fishermen (n=51) on 10 December 2010 in Selimiye. E-learning platform and multimedia materials to enhance the knowledge and skills of Business Development Unit and Local Management Units were developed. A new module on Biodiversity, Protected Areas and Introduction to MCPAs was also prepared. more

  • July-October 2011

    The National Marine and Coastal Protected Areas Strategy and Action Plan was drafted through three workshop/meetings (n=223) held with participation of project stakeholders, academicians, NGOs and experts on July 6, July 10-12 and August 16 2011. Project Briefing and Training seminar on communication strategy training was delivered to EPASA local staff (n=7) on 28 July 2011. more

  • April-July 2011

    Foça SEPA Management Plan Meeting was held to finalize the management plan with involvement of local stakeholders (n=70) on 20-22 April 2011. Saros Gulf SEPA Symposium aiming at introduction of EPASA and SEPA management system to local stakeholders (n=88) was held on 30 May 2011. UNDP & TUSSIDE signed a MoU to facilitate the preparation of the National MCPA Strategy and Action Plan. more

  • January- April 2011

    The second Steering Committee Meeting was held on March 28 with high level participation The main decisions taken by the committee were: 1. Approval of the Project Inception Report, 2. Approval of Preparatory Works for Capacity Building Programme of the MCPA Training and Implementation Center, 3. Approval of Project 2011 Work Plan and Budget. Three of the SC members were visited and informed about the status of the project prior to the SC meeting. more

  • June-October 2010

    The Management Plan Guidelines for MPAs and Action plans of the Marine Species/habitats prepared by UNEP-MAP RAC/SPA have being translated to Turkish. The draft design of the project internet site has been presented to EPASA for approval. A Graphic Designer was also hired for design of printed materials. more

  • March-June 2010

    A draft Legal announcement for the establishment of the local units of EPASA was finalized. The establishment of the training and implementation center in Datça-İnbükü was approved by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. more

  • December 2009-March 2010

    The project coordinator, an administration assistant and seven experts were appointed by EPASA. Business Development Unit was established within EPASA, and three experts were appointed for the unit. more

  • May-December 2009

    UNDP Turkey, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed the project document on May 29, 2009. more


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