Status: Turkey has not reported officially to the EU ICZM Recommendation.
Holistic legal frameworks for ICZM and institutional mechanisms have not yet been established in Turkey. The legal framework offers neither a wide scope ICZM law nor a special institutional development in this area and therefore efforts do not go far beyond the project level.
Since there is neither a law that covers all respects related to coastal zones, nor a special institutional structure for this purpose, various organisations have authority which overlap and create gaps in management.
Increasing coastal problems led to the establishment of a number of units at the central governmental level, such as the 'Coastal Inventory Agency' within the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (charged with determining the coastal shoreline and developing inventories with regard to the implementation of the Coastal Law) and the National Committee on Turkish Coastal Zone Management (KAY) in 1993 (serves an important role in the ICZM approach at the national level through the organisation of seminars, courses and projects).
Turkey has mainly committed itself to the implementation of integrated coastal zone management by taking part in the development of and signing of several international agreements and conventions.
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The Ministry of Public Works and Settlements has the final authority for planning in coastal areas, except in areas declared as tourism centres where the authority is transferred to the Ministry for Tourism