The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is preparing to launch an educational campaign for the conscious use of water in the society. In order to raise water awareness from an early age, the Ministry started negotiations with relevant institutions to include water literacy courses in the primary education curriculum, including kindergartens.
In the working groups formed within the scope of the 1st Water Council initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in March, it was decided to take many steps towards the conscious use of water. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Bekir Pakdemirli stated that due to the unconscious use of water in daily activities such as hand washing and tooth brushing, the average water wastage per person per day in household water consumption is 82 liters and they are determined to reduce this rate with education and awareness activities. Emphasizing the importance of habits in water consumption, Minister Pakdemirli drew attention to the importance of raising this awareness from an early age. Minister Pakdemirli said:
“It is very important that we explain the value of water to our children. In this context, we started negotiations with the relevant institutions for the subject of water literacy to be included in the primary school curriculum, starting from the kindergarten. In addition to schools, we will implement awareness activities in our entire society, especially our farmers. We are evaluating cooperation with all relevant public institutions and organizations, NGOs and private sector representatives for the efficient use of water. We will achieve both ecological and economic results with the projects to be implemented. We want to protect our future by protecting our water.”
Under the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, 11 separate working groups were formed at the first Water Council in the history of the Republic. These groups include water efficiency, management of water at the basin scale, water law and policy, water security and wastewater services, protection and monitoring of water resources in terms of quality and quantity, the impact of climate change on water resources and adaptation, decision support systems in the management of water resources, development of water resources. operated in the fields of agricultural irrigation, storage facilities (underground and aboveground dams, ponds), water, forestry and meteorology. In the working groups, a total of 66 participants, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, 141 academicians from 38 universities, participants from 32 national non-governmental organizations, representatives of relevant public institutions and organizations, representatives of metropolitan municipalities, water and sewerage administrations, 1631 private sector and water users, played a role in determining his future.