EU TURKISH COOPERATION ON RIVER BASIN
MANAGEMENT PLANNING
EU ACCESSION PROCESS IN TURKEY
Nermin ÇİÇEK, Head of Basin
Management Planning
Department, Ministry of
Forestry and Water Affairs,
General Directorate of Water
Management
15 March, 2012, Venue: PEu 4
Turkey’s water challenge
Estimated national water body status,
2009
100%
80%
60%
High
Good
Moderate
40%
Poor
20%
Bad
0%
NEGOTIATION PROCESS FOR THE
CHAPTER ON ENVIRONMENT
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Turkey as EU candidate
member
During the presidency of Sweden, the
negotiations for the Chapter on
Environment was officially opened at
the “Intergovernmental Accession
Conference” which took place in
Brussel, December 21st, 2009.
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SCREENING MEETINGS
 The Ministry of Environment and Forestry is the competent authority
for the National Programme and the EU Environment Legislation
alignment works.
 The screening meetings for the chapter on environment were
completed in 2006.
 Screening was approved by the European Council, upon the opinions
of the Member States.
 The conclusions of screening were officially notified to Turkey on the
3rd of October 2007 via an official letter under the Portuguese
Presidency.
 The results included two opening criteria.
 The preparation of a comprehensive strategy including the stages
and timetables for the alignment and implementation of the
acquis, and to eanble an efficient implementation.
 Fulfilment of the requirements of related EU Environmental
Legislation, in accordance with EC-Turkey Association Council
(Customs Union)
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WORKS UNDERTAKEN
For the meeting of opening criteria:
 Implementation notes have been prepared for 5 EU
Environmental Legislation under the scope of the Customs
Union:
 Dangerous Chemicals Directive,
 Experimental Animals Directive,
 Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive,
 Directive on the Quality of Petrol and Diesel Fuels,
 Directive on the Sulphur Content of some fuels
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WORKS UNDERTAKEN
For the fulfilment of the opening criteria:

A strategy document of 400 pages has been prepared
for 69 EU legislation with the contribution of related
institutes and institutions under the coordination of our
ministry.

The strategy document includes 9 sectors:
 Industrial
Pollution
Control

Horizontal legislation,
and risk management,

Air quality,
 Chemicals management ,

Waste management,
 Genetically
modified

Water sector,
organisms,

Nature protection,
 Noise management
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WORKS UNDERTAKEN
During the presidency of Sweden, the
negotiations for the Chapter on Environment
was officially opened at the
“Intergovernmental Accession Conference”
which took place in Brussel, December 21st,
2009.
Thus, the number of chapters opened for
negotiations has increased to 12 (including the
chapter on environment) within the Turkey-EU
Accession Negotiations.
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CLOSING CRITERIA
6 closing criteria has been defined for the
closure of negotiations of the chapter on
environment in the ‘Common Negotiation
Position Paper’ of the European Union
prepared in response to the ‘Negotiation
Position Paper of Turkey’.
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CLOSING CRITERIA
Adoption of the horizontal legislation and framework
environmental acquis of the European Union
Improvement as a result of adoption of the
environmental acquis of the EU on the water sector.
Preparation of River Basin Management Plans.
Adoption of the environmental acquis on industrial
pollution and risk management.
Continuance of compliance to the acquis in the rest of
the sectors, including nature conservation and waste
management; and proving that all the requirements of
the EU are met on the date of accession.
Continuance with the improvement of administrative
capacity and coordination, including inspection services.
Fulfilling the obligations of the additional protocol.
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Closing benchmarks
Two closing benchmarks for water:
Transposition of WFD
River basin management plans for 25 river
basins
Harmonization of WFD
Revising the existing
New legislation*
legislation
Environmental Law/By-Law on Water
Pollution Control
• Water Law*
• By-law on River Basin protection (Draft)*
ORGANIZATION
River basins in Turkey
Dicle -
 Waste Water Treatment Action Plan
 River Basin Protection Action Plans
 River Basin Management Plans
MINISTRY OF ENVİRONMENT AND
FORESTRY
DG Environment Management
MINISTRY OF ENVİRONMENT AND
FORESTRY
DG Environment Management
Büyük Menderes RBMP
Akarçay
RBPAP
WWTAP
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BASIN PROTECTION ACTION
PLANS
Started in the last quarter of 2011
Will be revised
Will be finished
Basin Protection Action Plans are being prepared. 11 basins are
completed, 5 basins are being updated, 9 basins are started.
They will set basis for the River Basin Management Plans which
will be prepared in the context of Water Framework Directive.
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EXAMPLE
ERGENE RIVER BASIN
Dicle -
IPA-2011 Project on the Conversion of River Basin Protection Action Plans into
River Basin Management Plans
Budget : 6.600.000 Euro
Duration : 3 years
Beneficiary : Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs
Purpose : Meriç Basin, Susurluk Basin, Akarçay Basin, Büyük Menderes Basin and Konya
Closed Basin
DETERMINATION OF SPECIAL PROVISION STUDIES IN TURKEY
COMPLETED
CONTINUED
UNDER CONTRACT PROCESS
PLANNED
Determination of Special Provision studies are
being conducted for the protection of drinking
water basins.
WATER FOOTPRINT STUDIES IN TURKEY
TRAINING WITH CERTIFICATE IS CARRIED OUT BY THE
COORDINATION OF WWF AND GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF WATER
MANAGEMENT
WATER EFFICIENCY
We are struggling with water loss and leakage,
developing standards, passing to certificate phase.
STUDIES FOR REUSE OF TREATED DOMESTIC
WASTEWATER IN IRRIGATION
Important steps for the reuse of treated domestic
wastewater.
The project (750.000 Euro) is being started with
Afyonkarahisar Municipality under the scope of
Holland bilateral cooperation studies.
Project titled “Capacity Building on Water Quality
Monitoring” was submitted to the Component I of
IPA for the Programming Year 2009.
UNDER THE SCOPE OF
4.000.000 EURO EU
TWINNING PROJECT
IN
BÜYÜKMENDERES
ERGENE
SUSURLUK
SAKARYA
AKARÇAY
BASINS
DETERMINATION OF
MEASURING STATIONS,
PARAMETERS WHICH WILL BE
MEASURED
AND MEASUREMENT
INTERVALS
WE ARE PROVIDING BASIN WIDE
TRAININGS
 39 persons are received
certificate in Training of
Trainers Project.
 60 persons are received
certificate in Water Footprint
Training
 Basin management training
is given to municipalities.
 NGO pool is formed.
 TAIEX
application
about
water economy is confirmed.
 Negotiation training is done.
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TIME TABLE
Action
Year
Remarks
1
Designation of River
Basin Districts
2012
25 basins have already been defined.
2
Start preparing the
Article 5 Reports for
River Basins
After 2013
River Basin Protection Action Plans
(RBPAP) will set the basis for Article 5
reports
3
Start preparing the
river basin
management plans
After 2013
4
Start of implementation
of river basin
management plans
After 2015
5
Achievement of “good
water status”
2027
Depends on the actual challenges in the
basins.
RBMP TIME TABLE
2027(EU)
2033
4. RBMP
2021(EU)
2027
3. RBMP
2015(EU)
2021
2009(EU)2
015
2. RBMP
1. RBMP
TURKEY
Many
Member
States
will
achieve
good
status at
this date
Exemptions
Implementation
dates foreseen by
the Directive
concentration of tasks at
national level
policy making and
-implementation
integrated
policy making and
-implementation
separated
concentration of tasks at
regional level
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