Addressıng of Invasıve Alıen Specıes Threats ın Terrestrıal Areas and Inland Waters ın Turkey

Activity on Public Awareness with Special Focus on Eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) 10 June 2022, Denizli

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters in Turkey Project” funded under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) between Republic of Turkey and European Union, and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, the public awareness activities under Activity 4.2 planned to be held in the pilot areas regarding the six target species determined, the third of them as “Public Awareness Activity with Special Focus on Eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki)” was held on 10 June 2022 in Denizli.

Eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) Species Specific Public Awareness Activity program carried out under the leadership of the project experts, with the contributions of the project executive unit members representing the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks and the technical assistance team, to inform and aware target student groups about the species.

The activity which took place with the participation of approximately 100 people as target elementary education and high school student groups in Başmakçı Multi-Program Anatolian High School in order to raise awareness about Eastern mosquitofish species.

Within the scope of the event, the introduction of the Eastern mosquitofish species, its general distribution and its effects on the ecosystem in the region were discussed.

Project Experts:

  • Prof. Dr. Ali Serhan TARKAN, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, TERIAS Project Eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) Species Expert

End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

Consultant:
 DAI Global Austria GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finnish Environment Institute Consortium

Workshop on Preparation of Mid/long Term Management Plan for Eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) 7-9 June 2022, Denizli

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters in Turkey Project” funded under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) between Republic of Turkey and European Union, and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, the third of the workshops on preparation mid/long term management plans planned to be held in the pilot areas regarding the six target species determined, and carried out as “Workshop on Preparation of Mid/long Term Management Plan for Eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki)” was held between 7 and 9 June 2022 in Denizli.

Approximately 30 participants from relevant General Directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, regional directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, officials from stakeholders and relevant Ministries, academicians and NGO representatives, and project experts participated to the workshop.

Within the scope of the workshop, the project species of interest’ experts covered the topics of  introduction of Eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) and spread of the species in Turkey, the management plan’s aims and targets specific to the species, the effects of the species and the methods of management proposed in the mid/long term management plan, the application of the plan specific to the species. Moreover, the socio-economic analysis of the commercial domestic species in the pilot area and the effects of the Eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki)on these species and the socio-economy of the area were examined and the Mid/Long Term IAS Management Plan was evaluated in terms of benefits and costs.

In addition, field studies were conducted in the sources feeding Acıgöl as the pilot areas affected by Eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) and evaluations were made with participants and stakeholders about the prevention of the  species’ spread in the pilot area and the mid/long term management plan.

Project Experts:

  • Prof. Dr. Ali Serhan TARKAN, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman UniversityTERIAS Project Eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) Species Expert
  • Prof. Dr. Özgür EMİROĞLU, TERIAS Project Gibel carp Species Expert

End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

Consultant:
 DAI Global Austria GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finnish Environment Institute Consortium

Activity on Public Awareness with Special Focus on Nutria (Myocastor coypus) 3 June 2022, Edirne

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters in Turkey Project” (TERIAS) funded under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) between Republic of Turkey and European Union, and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, the public awareness expanding activities under Activity 4.2 planned to be held in the pilot areas regarding the six target species determined, the second of them as “Public Awareness Activity with Special Focus on Nutria (Myocastor coypus)” was held on 3 June 2022 in Edirne.

Nutria (Myocastor coypus) Species Specific Public Awareness Activity program carried out under the leadership of the project experts, with the contributions of the project executive unit members representing the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks and the technical assistance team, to inform and aware target group about the species.

The activity which took place with the participation of approximately 120 target group of people as farmers, fishermen and local people in the pilot area was included in the program held in in Yenikarpuzlu Town, where the the pilot area is located in order to raise awareness about Nutria species.

Within the scope of the event, the introduction of the Nutria species, its distribution and its effects on the ecosystem in the pilot area were discussed.

Project Expert:

  • Dr. Ayşegül İLİKER KOZBAŞ, TERIAS Project Nutria (Myocastor coypus) Species Expert
  • Prof. Dr. Özgür EMİROĞLU, TERIAS Project Gibel carp Carassius gibelio Species Expert
  • Esra BAŞAK, TERIAS Socio-economic Evaluation Expert

End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

Consultant:
 DAI Global Austria GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finnish Environment Institute Consortium

Workshop on Preparation of Mid/long Term Management Plan for Nutria (Myocastor coypus) 31 May- 2 June 2022, Edirne

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters in Turkey Project” funded under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) between Republic of Turkey and European Union, and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, the second of the workshops on preparation mid/long term management plans planned to be held in the pilot areas regarding the six target species determined, and carried out as “Workshop on Preparation of Mid/long Term Management Plan for Nutria (Myocastor coypus)” was held between 31st of May and 2nd of June 2022 in Edirne.

Approximately 30 participants from relevant General Directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, regional directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, officials from stakeholder and relevant Ministries, academicians and NGO representatives, and project experts participated to the workshop.

Within the scope of the workshop, the project experts covered the topics of  introduction of Nutria (Myocastor coypus)  and spread of the species in Turkey, the management plan’s aims and targets specific to the species, the effects of the species and the methods of management proposed in the mid/long term management plan, the application of the plan specific to the species. Moreover, the socio-economic analysis of the commercial native species in the pilot area and the effects of the Nutria on these species and the socio-economy of the area were examined and the Mid/Long Term IAS Management Plan was evaluated in terms of benefits and costs.

In addition, field study was conducted in Gala Lake National Park where effects of Nutria are observed and evaluations were made with participants and stakeholders about the prevention of its spread in the pilot area and the mid/long term management plan.

Project Experts:

  • Prof. Dr. Ayşegül İLİKER KOZBAŞ, TERIAS Project Nutria (Myocastor coypus) Species Expert

End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

Consultant:
 DAI Global Austria GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finnish Environment Institute Consortium

II. Workshop on Development of the National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAP) for Invasive Alien Species (IAS) 25-27 May 2022, Ankara

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters in Turkey Project” (TERIAS) funded under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) between Republic of Turkey and European Union, and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, 2nd Workshop on Development of the National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAP) for Invasive Alien Species (IAS)  was held between 25-27 May 2022 in Ankara.

Approximately 30 participants from relevant institutions of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, representatives of UNDP, officials from stakeholder and relevant institutions, academicians and project experts participated in the workshop.

Within the scope of the workshop, information was given by the project experts about the National Strategy and Action Plan on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) and its content, and what should be taken into account while preparing the NSAPon IAS’s was discussed. The purpose, scope/role, principles/approach, geographical scope, time frame requirements of the Strategy and Action Plan, joint studies between MARIAS-TERIAS Projects, EU’s Biodiversity Policies in the Context of the European Green Consensus were analyzed. After the first workshop was held between 22 and 24 March 2022, the plan developed by Prof. Dr. Ahmet Uludağ was shared and discussed with the participants.

 Speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Ahmet Uludağ, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University

End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

Consultant:
 DAI Global Austria GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finnish Environment Institute Consortium

Activity on Public Awareness with Special Focus on Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) 12 May 2022, Antalya

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters in Turkey Project” funded under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) between Republic of Turkey and European Union, and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, the public awareness activities under Activity 4.2 planned to be held in the pilot areas regarding the six target species determined, the first of them as “Public Awareness Activity with Special Focus on Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)” was held on 12 May 2022 in Antalya.

Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) Species Specific Public Awareness Activity program carried out under the leadership of the project experts, with the contributions of the project team members representing the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks and the technical assistance team, to inform and aware target student groups about the species.

The activity which took place with the participation of approximately 110 people as target middle school student groups was included in the program held within the framework of the “I Have an Appointment with the National Park” event organized by the 6th Regional Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks Antalya Provincial Branch Directorate in Güllük Mountain (Termessos) National Park in order to raise awareness about Red-eared slider species.

Within the scope of the event, the introduction of the Red-eared slider species, its general distribution and its effects on the ecosystem were discussed at a level that children could understand.

Project Experts:

  • Prof. Dr. Kerim ÇİÇEK, Ege University, TERIAS Project Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) Species Expert
  • Dr. Yusuf BAYRAKÇI, Ege University on behalf of  Prof. Dr. Dinçer AYAZ, Ege University, TERIAS Project Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) Species Expert 

End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

Consultant:
 DAI Global Austria GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finnish Environment Institute Consortium

Workshop on Development of the National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAP) for Invasive Alien Species (IAS) 22 – 24 March 2022, Ankara

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters in Turkey Project” (TERIAS) funded under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) between Republic of Turkey and European Union, and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, 1st Workshop on Development of the National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAP) for Invasive Alien Species (IAS)  was held between 22 – 24 March 2022 in Ankara.

Approximately 40 participants from relevant institutions of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, representatives of UNDP, officials from stakeholder and relevant institutions, academicians and project experts participated in the workshop.

The workshop started with the opening speeches of Mr.Edmundas Greimas, Team Leader, and Mr. Mehmet Gölge MARIAS Project Manager. Within the scope of the workshop, information was given by the project experts about the National Strategy on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) and its content, and what should be taken into account while preparing the National Strategy and Action Plan (NSAP) on IAS’s was discussed. The purpose, scope/role, principles/approach, geographical scope, time frame requirements of the Strategy and Action Plan, joint studies and developments between MARIAS-TERIAS Projects, EU’s Biodiversity Policies in the Context of the European Green Consensus were analyzed. Experiences on Turkey’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan preparation and preparation and content of Finland’s National IAS Strategy were shared.

 Speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Ahmet Uludağ, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University
  • Petri Ahlroth, Finnish Environment Institute, Finland
  • Tijen İğci, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate for EU Affairs
  • Sinan Hakan Erden, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

Consultant:
 DAI Global Austria GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finnish Environment Institute Consortium

Workshop on Preparation of Urgent Action Plan for Nutria (Myocastor coypus) 15 – 17 March 2022, Edirne

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters in Turkey Project” funded under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) between Republic of Turkey and European Union, and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, the sixth of the workshops planned to be held in the pilot areas regarding the six target species determined, Workshop on Preparation of Urgent Action Plan (UAP) for Nutria (Myocastor coypus) was held between 15 – 17 March 2022 in Edirne.

Approximately 40 participants from relevant General Directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, 1st and 13th Regional Directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, officials from stakeholder and relevant institutions, academicians and project expertsparticipated in the workshop.

The workshop started with the opening speeches of Mr. Kerim Yapça,  1st Regional Directorate Edirne Branch Manager and Mr. Edmundas Greimas, Team Leader. Within the scope of the workshop, the project experts covered topics including the description of Nutria (Myocastor coypus), pathways and vectors of the species in Turkey, life cycle and impacts of the species, examples of control activities from around the world, aims and targets of the UAP, and the control methods proposed in the UAP and evaluations of socio-economical impacts.

Project Experts:

  • Dr. Ayşegül İliker Kozbaş, TERIAS Project Expert, DAI
  • Esra Başak,TERIAS Project Expert, DAI

End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

Consultant:
 DAI Global Austria GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finnish Environment Institute Consortium

Workshop on Preparation of Urgent Action Plan for Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula Krameri) 8-10 March 2022, Ankara

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters in Turkey Project” funded under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) between Republic of Turkey and European Union, and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, the fourth of the workshops planned to be held in the pilot areas regarding the six target species determined, Workshop on Preparation of Urgent Action Plan (UAP) for Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula Krameri) was held between 8-10 March 2022 in Ankara.

Approximately 32 participants from relevant General Directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, regional directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, officials from stakeholder and relevant Ministries, academicians and project experts participated in the workshop.

The workshop started with the opening speeches of Mr. Mehmet Özdemir, Head of Department, and Mr. Edmundas Greimas, Team Leader. Within the scope of the workshop, the project experts covered topics including the description of Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula Krameri), pathways and vectors of the species in Turkey, impacts of the species, examples of control activities from around the world, aims and targets of the UAP, and the control methods proposed in the UAP and evaluations were made with stakeholders about the elimination and prevention of its spread in the pilot area.

Project Experts:

  • Prof. Dr. Ali Serhan Tarkan, Deputy Team Leader and Head of Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Fisheries, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University
  • Esra Başak,TERIAS Project Expert, DAI
  • Prof. Dr. Özgür Emiroğlu, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, Lecturer and TERIAS Project Silver Gibel Carp (Carassius gibelio) species expert
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kiraz Erciyas Yavuz, Samsun On Dokuz Mayıs University, Ornithology Research Center, Lecturer ve TERIAS Project Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula Krameri) species expert
  • Susana Saavedra, Susana SAAVEDRA IUCN/ISSG Member, Invasive Bird Management

End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

Consultant:
 DAI Global Austria GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finnish Environment Institute Consortium

Workshop on Preparation of Urgent Action Plan for Red-eared Slider (Trachemys Scripta Elegans) 1-3 March 2022, Antalya

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters in Turkey Project” funded under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) between Republic of Turkey and European Union, and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, the fourth of the workshops planned to be held in the pilot areas regarding the six target species determined, Workshop on Preparation of Urgent Action Plan (UAP) for Red-eared Slider (Trachemys Scripta Elegans) was held between 1-3 March 2022 in Antalya.

Approximately 25 participants from relevant General Directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, regional directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, officials from stakeholder and relevant Ministries, academicians and, and project experts participated to the workshop.

Within the scope of the workshop, the project experts covered the topics including   description of Red-eared Slider(Trachemys Scripta Elegans), pathways and vectors of the species in Turkey, impacts of the species, examples of control activities from the world, aims and targets of the UAP, and the control methods proposed in the UAP and evaluations were made with stakeholders about the elimination and prevention of its spread in the pilot area.

Project Experts:

  • Prof. Dr. Kerim Çiçek, Ege University, Institute of Science, Department of Biology, TERIAS Project Red-eared Slider (Trachemys Scripta Elegans) species expert
  • Prof. Dr. Dinçer Ayaz, Ege University, Institute of Science, Department of Biology, TERIAS Project Red-eared Slider (Trachemys Scripta Elegans) species expert

End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

Consultant:
 DAI Global Austria GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finnish Environment Institute Consortium

Workshop on Preparation of Urgent Action Plan for Eastern Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) 22 – 24 February 2022, Afyonkarahisar

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters in Turkey Project” funded under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) between Republic of Turkey and European Union, and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, the third of the workshops planned to be held in the pilot areas regarding the six target species determined, Workshop on Preparation of Urgent Action Plan (UAP) for Eastern Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) was held between 22 – 24 February 2022 in Afyonkarahisar.

Approximately 40 participants from relevant General Directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, regional directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, officials from stakeholder and relevant Ministries, academicians and NGO representatives, and project experts participated to the workshop.

Within the scope of the workshop, the project experts covered the topics including   description of Eastern Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki), pathways and vectors of the species in Turkey, impacts of the species, examples of control activities from the world, aims and targets of the UAP, and the control methods proposed in the UAP, and evaluations were made with stakeholders about the elimination and prevention of its spread in the pilot area.

Project Experts:

  • Prof. Dr. Ali Serhan Tarkan, Deputy Team Leader and Head of Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Fisheries, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Baran Yoğurtçuoğlu, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Sciences, Dept. of Biology and TERIAS Project Eastern Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) Species Expert

End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

Consultant:
 DAI Global Austria GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finnish Environment Institute Consortium

Workshop on Preparation of Urgent Action Plan for Silver Gibel Carp (Carassius gibelio) 15 – 17 February 2022, Afyonkarahisar

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters in Turkey Project” funded under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) between Republic of Turkey and European Union, and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, the second of the workshops planned to be held in the pilot areas regarding the six target species determined, Workshop on Preparation of Urgent Action Plan (UAP) for Silver Gibel Carp (Carassius gibelio)was held between 15 – 17 February 2022 in Afyonkarahisar.

Approximately 40 participants from relevant General Directorates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, 5th Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, officials from stakeholder and relevant Ministries, representatives of Fisheries Research Institute and relevant local governmental institutions, fishermen and anglers, and project experts participated to the workshop.

Within the scope of the workshop, the project experts covered the topics including   description of Silver Gibel Carp(Carassius gibelio), pathways and vectors of the species in Turkey, impacts of the species, Seyitler Dam Lake Fish Fauna, examples of control activities from the world, aims and targets of the UAP, and the control methods proposed in the UAP.

Project Experts:

  • Prof. Dr. Ali Serhan Tarkan, Deputy Team Leader and Head of Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Fisheries, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University
  • Prof. Dr. Özgür Emiroğlu, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, Lecturer and TERIAS Project Silver Gibel Carp (Carassius gibelio) species expert
  • Prof. Dr. Pınar Öztopçu Vatan, eDNA TERIAS Project Analysis Methodology Expert, Faculty of Molecular Biology, Eskişehir Osmangazi University

End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks

Consultant:
 DAI Global Austria GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finish Environment Institute Consortium