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.