2nd Workshop on Development of Draft Legislation (By Law) for monitoring, control and management of Invasive Alien Species in Turkey

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters Project in Turkey” funded under financial assistance  Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II), and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the 2nd workshop on Development of Draft Legislation (By Law) for monitoring, control and management of Invasive Alien Species in Turkey was held on 31 March 2021 with the participation and opening speeches of 

Mr. Bülent ÜNCÜ, General Director of European Union and Foreign Relations of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, and Mr. Muhammed ÇOLAK, Deputy Head of the Department of Sensitive Areas of DG NCNP of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

The workshop was conducted in Hybrid format. In total 55 participants including the beneficiary of the project; the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, the Project Contracting authority Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, General Directorate of EU and Foreign Relations and related the stakeholders, representatives of public institutions, academicians, representatives of non-governmental organizations together with the participants joining the meeting via zoom. 

Within the scope of the 2nd workshop on Development of Draft Legislation (By Law) for monitoring, control and management of Invasive Alien Species in Turkey, the Draft Legislation (By Law) for monitoring, control and management of Invasive Alien Species in Turkey for monitoring, control and management of IAS in Turkey, prepared by Prof. Dr. Süheyla Suzan Gökalp Alıca, DAI Human Dynamics Legal, in line with the European Parliament (EU) No 1143/2014 of 22 October 2014 on prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species, which was first presented in the 1st workshop, was be further studied and discussed.


The conclusion of the workshop could be summarized as follows:

  • Each public institution has been re-asked to discuss the articles of the Draft Legislation (By Law) and give their opinion within the scope of their powers and duties. In line with these opinions, the Draft Legislation (By Law) will be reviewed again and sent to the relevant public institutions for opinion.
  • At the end of the workshop, it was stated that all presentations will be shared with the participants through the project website.

End Benefciary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks
Consultant: Hulla & Co Human Dynamics GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finish Environment Institute Consortium

Development of Draft Legislation (By Law) for monitoring, control and management of Invasive Alien Species in Turkey

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters Project in Turkey” 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, a two day workshop on Development of Draft Legislation (By Law) for monitoring, control and management of Invasive Alien Species in Turkey was held between the dates of 4 – 5 March 2021. 

More than 80 participants from different regional directorates of the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, officials of the directorates of Stakeholder Ministries, Academicians and NGO Representatives, guest speaker from Turkey and European Union member countries and project experts participated to the workshop.

The Draft Legislation (By Law) for monitoring, control and management of IAS in Turkey prepared by Prof. Dr. Süheyla Suzan Gökalp Alıca, DAI Human Dynamics Legal Expert was presented during the workshop and discussions were carried out in this respect. The Draft Legislation has been prepared in line with the EU Regulation No 1143/2014, and is outlining the measures and procedures regarding invasive alien species entry, transport and spread in the country in order to prevent the adverse social and economic impacts and health problems invasive alien species may cause on biodiversity and related ecosystem services. Furthermore, Guest speakers from Turkey, and international guest speakers from Finland, Croatia and other EU member countries shared information on their respective countries Legislations prepared in line with the EU Regulation No 1143/2014 and showcased their relevant experience and practice in this respect.

Guest Speakers from Turkey and European Union Member Countries

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Uludağ, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University
Prof. Dr. Melih Ertan Çınar, Ege University (MARIAS Project)
Petri Ahlroth Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) – Finland

Dr. Piero Genovesi, Environmental Protection and Research Institute, Wildlife Office – Italy

Zrinka Domazetović, Ministry of Environment and Energy, General Directorate of Nature Conservation – Croatia

The conclusion of the workshop is summarized as follows:

  • Each public institution has been asked to discuss the articles of the Draft Legislation (By Law) and give their opinion within the scope of their powers and duties. In line with these opinions, the Draft Legislation (By Law) will be reviewed and sent to the relevant public institutions for opinion.
  • At the end of the workshop, it was stated that all presentations will be shared with the participants through the project website.

End Beneficiary:  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks
Consultant: Hulla & Co Human Dynamics GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finish Environment Institute Consortium

Establishment of Inter-sectorial Multi-stakeholder Advisory Technical Board

In the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats in Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters Project in Turkey ”funded under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II) between Turkey and EU, a two day workshop on Enhancing Advisory and Participatory Process in Control, Monitoring and Management of IAS in Turkey was held between the dates of 10-11 February 2021. 

More than 100 participants from different regional directorates of the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, officials of the directorates of Stakeholder Ministries, Academicians and NGO Representatives, guest speaker from Turkey and EU member countries and project experts participated to the workshop.

The workshop topics were discussed within the scope of the report prepared by Prof. Dr. Süheyla Suzan Alıca Gökalp, DAI Human Dynamics Legal Expert, on the “Establishment of National Committees and Working Groups for Local IAS in Turkey and Determination of Regulatory and Administrative issues to work”. Guest speakers from Turkey, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Croatia and Italy showcased their relevant experience and practices in their own respective countries on these issues. Our partners Mr. Petri Ahlroth from Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) also contribute to the workshop by making a presentation on related subject.

Guest Speakers from Turkey and European Union Member Countries

Prof. Ahmet Uludağ, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University -Turkey

Mehmet Gölge, UNDP GEF Projesi MARIAS Project Manager – Turkey

Cyrille Barnerias, French Biodiversity Department European and International Relations Directorate – France

Petri Ahlroth Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) – Finland

Dr. Piero Genovesi, Environmental Protection and Research Institute, Wildlife Office – Italy

Dr. Rumen Tomov, University of Forestry – Bulgaria

Dr. Sonia Vanderhoeven, Scientist, Biodiversity Platform – Belgium

Dr. Teodora Trichkova, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Institute-Bulgaria

Dr.Vladimir Vladimirov, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Institute-Bulgaria

Zrinka Domazetović, Ministry of Environment and Energy, General Directorate of Nature Conservation – Croatia

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

Consultant: Hulla & Co Human Dynamics GmbH & Co KG, Çınar Engineering Consulting Inc., Finish Environment Institute Consortium

Legal Gap Analysis

Between the dates 09 – 10 December 2020 the first online workshop on Legal Gap Analysis was held in the scope of “Addressing of Invasive Alien Species Threats In Terrestrial Areas and Inland Waters Project in Turkey”. There were more than 60 participants from different regional directorates of the Nature Conservation and National Parks within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and project non-key experts.  Guest Lecturers joined from the Ministry of Environment in Croatia and Lithuania who showcased their experience in developing the relevant legislation framework in their respective countries. Our partners from SYKE Finland contributed as well.  

IAS or TERIAS is the first IPA project on IAS not only in Turkey but also in EU. Within the scope of the project it is aimed to control the 6 target Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in terrestrial areas and inland waters, determining the threats to nature, economy and human health, preventing their entries and to be taken under control, to reduce or destroy their impacts, therefore minimizing and monitoring their adverse effects on natural species and habitats in accordance with the EU Regulation No.1143/2014. The IAS inventory of Turkey, draft legislation, national strategy and action plan will also be developed for the first time with this project in Turkey.

Invasive Alien Species Project (TERIAS)

The Opening meeting of TERIAS Project took place on 16 January 2020 in Hilton Hotel in Ankara with participants from joining governmental institutions, Municipalities, Universities, NGOs, local People.

This project targets four main results: to prepare legal basis for the control of IAS in terrestrial areas and inland waters of Turkey, to prevent, control and eradicate and manage Invasive Alien Species of interest, to improve management capacity of institutions involved in the sector and to increase public awareness.

Field studies will be carried out for six species of interest which are on the IUCN the worst Invasive Alien Species list, are: Bur cucumber (Sicyos angulatus), Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri), Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), Nutria (Myocastor coypus), Prussian carp (Carassius gibelio) and Eastern mosquito fish (Gambusia holbrooki). TERIAS Project will be last for 3 years.