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PROGRAM

Special Session: Syrians Under Temporary Protection In Turkey And Water Management


Within the framework of her “Open Door Policy”, Turkey has provided temporary protection to Syrians who has fled their countries due to the ongoing war since 2011 and has carried out the necessary legal arrangements to give them "Temporary Protection Status".

According to official records, Turkey is hosting about three million Syrians. Nearly half of the Syrian population in Turkey, reside in six provinces having a border with Syria (Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, Mardin, Şırnak) and 263 thousands of this population live in the 23 temporary refuge centres established in 10 provinces.

All the necessary work is being carried out by the Republic of Turkey to enable the Syrians, who have settled in different provinces of Turkey, to live in a healthy environment and meet their basic needs.

This special session will examine the water and sanitation services provided to the Syrians who are in temporary protection status in Turkey, discuss the difficulties in water management and evaluate the implemented practices. In this context, the results of the preliminary study for the determination of the present situation that has been carried out by SUEN together with the institutions serving in the water field in the six border provinces where the Syrian population is concentrated will be presented. Representatives of related institutions such as municipalities, water and sewerage administrations, Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) Administration, State Hydraulic Works (DSI), Disaster and Relief Agency (AFAD) and humanitarian organizations will participate the session as speakers.

Through the case study of Turkey, the session will aim to discuss the likely difficulties and possible measures to be taken with regards to water and sanitation services following a mass refugee flow and immigration. The success stories in Turkey will be presented with an aim to set an example for other countries in similar situation.

Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:00 - 12:45 Anadolu Hall


Moderator:
Osman ÇAKMAK Advisor, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs of the Republic of Turkey

Panelists:
Dr. Lütfü SAVAŞ Mayor, Hatay Metropolitan Municipality
Sadrettin Karahocagil President, GAP Regional Development Administration
Hüseyin SÖNMEZLER Director General, Gaziantep Water and Sewerage Administration
Ergün ÜZÜCEK Deputy Director General, DSI
Orhan ŞEFİK Member of the Board of Directors, IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation
Selçuk ÖZTÜRK Expert, Turkish Diyanet Foundation Charity and Social Services

PROGRAM DETAILS

THEMATIC SESSIONS

10th MAY - WEDNESDAY

09:00-10:00
Registration
10:00-12.30
Opening Session
12.45-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:45
Plenary Session: Water for Peace
15:45-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:45
Panel 2. Implementing and Monitoring Water-related SDGs in Turbulent Times and Areas



SIDE EVENTS

Hall: Dolmabahçe-A Hall: Dolmabahçe-C Hall: Dolmabahçe-B

10th MAY - WEDNESDAY

09:00-10:00
Registiration
10:00-12.30
Opening
12.45-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:45
Urban Water Management in Istanbul - ISKI
15:45-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:45
More than a Dam: Ilısu carries through Hasankeyf’s Cultural Heritage over the Future - DSİ
Wastewater Management in Turkey - ÇŞB