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Anatolia Watershed Rehabilitation Project

The purpose of this project is to implement sustainable natural resource management practices in order to raise incomes in communities impacted by resource degradation in 28 micro-catchments in the Anatolia and Black Sea regions of Turkey. Each micro-catchment covers between 5,000 and 15,000 hectares, with a total area under development of approximately 202,000 hectares. The project, which was launched in 2004, focuses on poverty reduction by making the rural economy more resilient to crises that affect the most vulnerable. The project’s strategic objectives are directly linked to Turkey’s National Environmental Action Plan, which calls for improved and more environmentally friendly agricultural practices to reduce soil erosion and the pollution of groundwater and surface water. Turkey contributes approximately 20 percent of the nitrogen and 12 percent of the phosphorus produced in the non-Danube Black Sea basin. Only 6.6 percent of land in Turkey is free of some level of erosion.

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