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Waste and Resource Management in Turkey

On 21 February 2017 a new strategic sector cooperation (SSC) project was signed between Turkey and Denmark. The official title of this SSC project is “Waste and Resource Management” and it is scheduled to run from February 2017 until June 2019.

The main project partners are the Turkish Ministry of Environment & Urbanization – General Directorate for Environmental Management and the Danish Ministry of Environment & Food – Danish Environmental Protection Agency.

The overall objective for this SSC project is development of a well-functioning waste- and resource management system in Turkey, including enforcement and implementation of legislation and to achieve the long-term goals of the Turkish government for waste and resource management.

The three main areas to be discussed during the cooperation are 1. Raising public awareness on waste prevention, sorting at source and recycling, 2. Mechanisms for financing waste management, and 3. Raising awareness on challenges and possibilities for wastewater sludge management.

The expected outputs from the three main areas are 1. Preparation of a general strategy document on raising public awareness, 2. Input to a new national strategy/policy on using financing in relation to improving recycling, and 3. Contributions from Danish experts to the development of future strategy for sludge management.

The project is expected to create strong synergies to Danish businesses active in the above-mentioned sectors in Turkey. “We see a strong both direct and indirect export potential for Danish businesses in connection with this cooperation project and the topics covered. An example could be our know-how related to planning of waste and resource facilities and handling processes. Furthermore, the Danish world-class technology, solutions and consultancy within the area of wastewater management and water distribution would be relevant. In both cases Danish experts could work together with local experts from the private sector in Turkey,” says Growth Advisor at the Danish Embassy in Ankara Dennis Holte Skov-Albertsen. “We see the biggest challenges within the area of waste- and resource management in Turkey being implementation and enforcement of policies and strategies at a municipal level and with local planning, tendering and finding the best suitable solutions. In other words, the potential should be quite considerable and it is crucial for relevant Danish businesses to use local knowledge and networks either in the form of their own subsidiaries or external local partners coupled with advisory from our colleagues at the Trade Council at the Danish Consulate General in Istanbul,”

The SSC project is facilitated by the following colleagues at the Danish Embassy in Ankara:
Dennis Holte Skov-Albertsen, Growth Counsellor, denalb@um.dk
Fatma Alay, Junior Consultant, fatmal@um.dk

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