Türkiye—Technical Assistance on Preparation of River Basin Management Plans for Six Basins

Client: European Union

Duration: 2021-2024

Region: Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country: Türkiye

Solutions: Environment

Türkiye is at increasing risk of water scarcity due to its growing population, infrastructural developments, overexploitation of watersheds, pollution, and climate change. The development of river basin management plans is important for the sustainable management of water and is part of Türkiye’s implementation of the European Union Environmental acquis.

DAI is strengthening Türkiye’s capacity to prepare river basin management plans for six out of the 25 river basins in the country. The plans summarise the state of the water environment; pressures affecting the water environment where its status is less than good; set statutory objectives for river, lake, groundwater, transitional, and coastal water bodies; and contain measures needed to achieve them.

The plans will be developed in accordance with the European Union Water Framework Directive (WFD), which requires member states to improve the health of river basins in the European Union by 2027.

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Sample Activities

  • Analyse data requirements and collect required data both from Ankara and on-site, data requirement analysis report.
  • Review river basin districts, water bodies, typologies, classes, and categories.
  • Analyse the pressure and impacts on water bodies.
  • Update monitoring programmes for the six basins.
  • Prepare significant water management issues reports.
  • Carry out a study visit to an EU Member State to evaluate their experience with the significant water management issues.
  • Create sectoral water allocation plans, environmental assessment reports, and a case study on environmental and health impacts of the implementation of environmental quality standards.

Select Results

  • Organized an opening event with the participation of more than 600 attendees from various stakeholders.
  • Organized six stakeholder consultation meetings in the basins of the project, with more than 600 attendees.
  • Facilitated an inception workshop on characterization issues with 60 practitioners.
  • Organized high-level study visits to Denmark, Finland, and Spain.
  • Prepared reports on water management issues, and sectoral use of water.
  • Produced an inventory of priority substances and specific pollutants which are used, and/or discharged by industrial facilities, urban wastewater treatment plants, and agricultural activities.


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