Collaboration Regarding Drought and Wetlands Begins in Turkey and Slovenia

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Doga, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Köy-Koop Izmir Association and international partners DOPPS-BirdLife Slovenia, City of Ljubljana, The Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region will be collaborating to develop measures against drought and to conserve wetlands.

Starting in November, the efforts aim to build a shared and sustainable foundation through improving dialogue between Izmir and Ljubljana regarding wetlands and drought, increasing capacity and exchanging information for both cities. The six partners will work to increase Izmir and Ljubljana’s adaptation and resistance against the effects of drought and develop local, regional and sector-based strategies and future projections.

This partnership aims to develop a solid and sustainable network between the two cities, promote the importance of wetlands and increase the level of knowledge of farmers, the public and students via an action plan.

“Sustainable Urban Future Through Management of Drought and Conserving Wetlands Project” is supported as part of the Town Twinning Between Türkiye and EU-II (Twinning For a Green Future) Grant Scheme (TTGS-II).

UNESCO Natural World Heritage Candidate Gediz Delta is the focus of the project

Gediz Delta, one of the project implementation areas, is among the rare wetlands of international importance, home to thousands of living beings. Doga has conducted conservation and scientific research in the delta for more than 20 years with relevant organisations. The organisation, which has been conducting conservation of the delta with the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality since 2020, will contribute to the project with its knowledge and experience regarding wetlands. Project trainings and meetings will be conducted in the Gediz Delta.

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