Other countries want to be in TurkeyÂ’s shoes

Posted on 14 February 2011

Date: 19/03/2009
Other countries want to be in Turkey’s shoes

A conference room at the 5th World Water Forum was packed yesterday with important names and participants from all around the world gathering to discuss Turkey’s water resources.

General manager of the Generale Directorate of State Hydraulic Works, or DSI, Haydar Koçaker, president of the World Water Forum Loic Fauchon and Environment Minister Veysel Eroglu were accompanied to the conference by Süleyman Demirel, the 9th president of Turkey.

Protecting Turkey’s biogeography

Underlining the water forum’s theme, “Bridging Divides for Water,” Koçaker said DSI aimed to provide water resources responsibly and protect Turkey’s biogeography. Water in agriculture is one of the most important topics of today’s world agenda and we have provided water for 3 billion hectars within the Turkish territory, he said.

Koçaker said sanitation work is the priority in Turkey. “DSI has built 636 dams in Turkey which provide 47 billion kilowatts of energy per hour,” he said.

Indicating his happiness about the forum’s success, Fauchon said many people around the world don’t have access to water and Turkey is one-step ahead of many countries with its Southeastern Anatolia Project, or GAP, which aims to improve regional development. “Many countries around the world want to be in Turkey’s shoes,” he said.

Demirel agreed with Fauchon, but said that the world’s water resources were diminishing and measures needed to be taken quickly. “One of them is building dams. Although many people are against building dams, we need them. Otherwise it will be impossible for Turkey to access clean water during the summer,” said Demirel.

Hurriyet 19 March 2009

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