As part of this twinning project TR09-IB-EN-03 entitled "Strengthening of monitoring water quality", the Netherlands, France and Spain provide support to the Turkish Ministry of Forests and Water Affairs to get closer to the obligations of the Water Framework Directive on Water in the area of monitoring.
French experts to IRSTEA, IFREMER, the Water Agencies Seine-Normandy Rhone-Mediterranean and Corsica, the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and the International Office Water are working with their Turkish colleagues to develop monitoring plans for six basins drivers Meric-Ergene, Konya, Akarcay, Sakarya and Buyuk Menderes and a national monitoring implementation plan.
During the 1st year of the project, activities focused on the assessment of institutional and methodological shortcomings that Turkey still faces in monitoring. To do so, a review of the steps necessary for the implementation of the WFD has been completed; delineation of water bodies, typology, pressures and risk analyzes were performed on pilot basins. In addition, the spring / summer 2012 has achieved numerous training sessions on different biological quality elements that should be monitored to assess the ecological status of rivers and lakes.
The same principles were applied in 2013 and 2014 for transitional waters and coastal waters complementing the vision for the development of monitoring plans required for the 6 pilot basins, but also towards the design of the national monitoring plan, focusing on the necessary efforts, methodological improvements and organizational arrangements to enable Turkey to comply with the monitoring requirements of WFD.
IOWater staffwas involved in project management, institutional analysis, implementation of activities on pilot basins, training of beneficiaries in the techniques and methods of assessment, and in the definition of organizational recommendations and techniques necessary for effective implementation of monitoring programs.