Preserving the wetlands of Turkey

Wetlands provide a habitat for numerous types of flora and fauna, and are also valuable carbon sinks. But in Turkey, drainage of wetlands for land reclamation and extraction of groundwater to irrigate agricultural land is upsetting the ecological balance. The German GTZ cooperation for sustainable development has joined forces with the International Climate Initiative to compile a comprehensive study of Turkey's wetlands. The results are sobering. The Turkish government is now raising awareness of the wetlands' environmental significance, with the aim of enlisting public support to help preserve them.



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