Turkey has updated regulations aiming to combat agricultural
nitrate pollution in rivers and soil. The revised rules include
procedures and principles for determining, reducing and eliminating
nitrate pollution. Turkish water areas will be surveyed over the
next two years to determine nitrate levels and vulnerable
locations. Tailored action plans will be also be prepared and
executed for vulnerable areas.
The Regulation On Protection Of Waters From Agricultural Nitrate
Pollution ("Regulation") was published
in Official Gazette number 29779 on 23 July 2016, entering into
force on the same date. The Regulation was jointly issued by the
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, with the Ministry of
Forestry and Water Affairs.
Under the Regulation, the Ministries will determine pollution in
waters and soil, considering the physical and environmental
properties of the related water and soil. Accordingly, the
Check all ground and surface waters,
natural lakes, other freshwater bodies, estuaries, coastal waters
and sea waters to determine whether they:
Contain more than 50 mg/l of nitrate,
or may contain more than this level unless precautions are
Are eutrophic, or may be eutrohic
unless precautions are taken.
Announce nitrate sensitive areas via
a Communiqué within two years, then revise this list at
least every four years.
Announce a Good Agricultural
Practices Code for farmers within two years, outlining precautions
to protect waters from agricultural pollution.
Prepare a unique action plan for each
sensitive area, considering scientific and technical data, as well
as the region's environmental properties.
Follow up and evaluate application of
action plans for each sensitive area.
Please see this link for full text of the
Regulation (only available in Turkish).
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