THE CONSERVATION OF ENDANGERED AND THREATENED BIVALVE SPEICIES (Pinna nobilis and Tapes decussatus) AND A CIVIL SOCIETY CONTRIBUTION TO THE RECOVERY OF THE BIODIVERSITY IN THE GULF OF IZMIR

1.1. SUMMARY OF THE ACTION

Title of the action:
THE CONSERVATION OF ENDANGERED AND THREATENED BIVALVE SPEICIES (Pinna nobilis and Tapes decussatus) AND A CIVIL SOCIETY CONTRIBUTION TO THE RECOVERY OF THE BIODIVERSITY IN THE GULF OF IZMIR
Location(s) of the action: — TURKEY, İZMİR
Total duration of the action (months): 12 months
Total budget for the action (amount): 150.000 EUR
EU financing requested (amount): 135.000 EUR
EU financing requested as a percentage of total budget of the Action (indicative): 90 %
Objectives of the action: Overall objective(s): To protect in a participatory approach the natural habitat in the gulf of Izmir and restore the habitats of endangered and threatened species. To involve the civil society in the process of restoring gulf waters to their ideal bathing health standards. Specific objective(s): 1. To research, transfer and adapt the practices developed in the EU concerning the identification, conservation, management, and monitoring of important biodiversity areas and protection of biodiversity by stakeholder involvement. 2. To raise public awareness for promoting conservation and sustainability of nature and biodiversity, particularly in the gulf of Izmir. 3 To promote participatory conservation and recovery of globally and locally endangered and threatened species AKİVADES (Tapes decussatus) and PINA (Pinna nobilis) mussels inhabiting the gulf of Izmir through strengthening the support of the local people and relevant public bodies.
Target group(s) : Local Akivades hunters and fishermen; nature-lovers and conservationists
Final beneficiaries : The whole inhabitants of Izmir.
Estimated results: 1. There will be a civil-society contribution to the attempts at cleansing and protecting the gulf of Izmir developed by the Municipality. 2. More than 400 people will participate at the seminars and workshops on biodiversity. 3. A preliminary research will be conducted concerning the concrete conditions of gulf mussels and a report for management proposals will be written. 4. The attention of 2500 people at least and various public bodies will be directed to the protection of the biodiversity in the gulf and endangered or threatened species in it through awareness-raising and visibility actions including a festival of the gulf, publishing and social media campaigns. 5. There will be performed lobbying activities at a local/regional level in order to contribute to the growth of the population of bivalve species in the gulf and hence to the recovery of the water quality in the gulf.
Main activities: 1. Preparatory activities. 2. Training-workshop programme on biodiversity provided by the EU partner association 3. Seminars for the public and workshops for the transfer of know- how organized by the applicants. 4. Research and report activities on the mussel populations inhabiting the gulf of Izmir. 5. Awareness-raising and visibility activities, including publishing, social-media campaigns and festival, concerning biodiversity and priority species. 6. Lobbying activities for best biodiversity policies and regulations. 7. Sustainability activities.

THE DISSEMINATION OF SOLAR ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY TECHNOLOGIES AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

1.1. Summary of the action

Title of the action:
THE DISSEMINATION OF SOLAR ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY TECHNOLOGIES AT THE LOCAL LEVEL
Location(s) of the action: — specify country(ies), region(s) that will benefit from the action: TURKEY, NORTHERN IZMIR, KARŞIYAKA
Total duration of the action (months): 12 Months
Total budget for the action (amount): 150.000 EUR
EU financing requested (amount): 135.000 EUR
EU financing requested as a percentage of total budget of the Action (indicative) : 90 %
Objectives of the action: Overall objective(s): To encourage the public to consume more environment and nature friendly energy resources through contributing to and participating in a culture of renewable energy. Specific objective(s): 1. To research for the technological innovations in renewable energies, before all else solar energy, that which are more heavily developed and applied in the EU countries. 2. To raise awareness on energy efficiency and solar energy technologies at the local and in this way to make much easier the transferability and adaptability of such technologies in our country. 3. To contribute to the dissemination, through lobbying activities, of energy efficient and solar energy technologies and methods at the household level.
Target group(s) : A pioneering group of 250 local citizens (including people especially from energy and construction sectors) and householders interested in renewable-solar energy technologies.
Final beneficiaries : Approximately one million inhabitants of Northern İzmir.
Estimated results: 1. There will be a local and civil-society contribution to the formation and dissemination of a new energy culture. 2. More than 250 people will participate in the public seminars and workshops of renewable and solar energy. 3. With awareness-raising and visibility actions including a festival, social media campaigns, and publishing activities the attention of 2500 local people at least will be directed to the significance of energy efficiency, and of sustainable and renewable energy technologies. 4. The public will be encouraged to establish cooperatives in order to benefit from solar energy technologies much more easily and cheaply. 5. Lobbying activities will be performed at the level of local and national public institutions in favour of the best energy policies and forms of legislation which are incentive to the dissemination of solar energy technologies. 6. Various links between different actors from household members to social leaders and different sectors from construction to energy will be soundly established in the area of solar energy technologies.
Main activities: 1. Preparatory activities. 2. Training workshop programme on solar energy technologies provided by the EU partner. 3. Public Seminars and workshops organized by the applicants. 4. Awareness-raising activities concerning solar energy resources and technologies. 5. Lobbying activities for the best renewable solar energy policies and regulations.