YBDP (Yeşilırmak Basin Development Project)
The basic priority included in the ‘Regional Development’ section of the 8th Five-Year Development Project includes sustainability, inter-regional integration, quality of life improvement, equal opportunities, and taking in account implementing participation policies to reduce inter-regional imbalances.
With the results of the Statistical Nomenclature of Territorial Units conducted by SPO and SIS, the established district units are: 12 NUTS-I, 26 NUTS-II, and 81 NUTS-III. Our region code is TR83 NUTS-II (Amasya, Çorum, Samsun and Tokat).
SPO has been tendered, and the work carried out by the Regional Development Plan is ‘YEŞİLIRMAK BASIN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT’
The Yeşilırmak Basin Development Project is a ‘Regional Development Project’ covering the cities Amasya, Çorum, Samsun, and Tokat, aiming to accomplish the overall targeted development of this under-developed region of Turkey.
The most important aspect of the project is that, it is of a regional nature and the project management is governed by local units. The YBP is an exemplary union, gathered for a regional development forming a Service Union, constituted by the provincial private administrations. In terms of gathering Civil Society Organizations under one roof, the union has been found appealing to the EU, and with its management aspect, it has been deemed exemplary to other NUTS-II regions.
Taking necessary measures to prevent pollution and the causes in Yeşilırmak River and its streams, perform relief work for the current erosion in the region, balance the water flow system, and conduct all necessary work to contribute in the development of social, cultural and economic growth in the Yeşilırmak Basin settlement, with this purpose, cooperate with private and public institutions and established the Provincial Administration and Services of Yeşilırmak Basin Association for 5 regions. (Amasya, Çorum, Samsun, Tokat ant Yozgat)
With the status amendment made in 2004, the name of the union was changed to Association of Development. (In the direction of the Classification of Regional Units, in January 2004 Yozgat has separated from our Union membership and services, and has formed the Kayseri- Sivas-Yozgat region)
Since a significant part of the funds granted by the European Union Structural Funds made to our country will be transferred to local and regional development projects, since April 2002 intense vision works with the partnership of SPO and EU representatives have begun, approximately within one year period, with the participation and contribution of regional provinces, all public organizations and institutions, and civil society, the studies on SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) were conducted, priorities and related measures were identified, and at the last stage the vision of the region was established.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT
Regulate the water flow, prevent erosions and meadow improvements, eliminate water pollution, economic use of water, eliminate poor urbanization and industrialization, and work towards the social, cultural and economic development of the basin.
The geographic area of the project is, 4 provinces (Amasya, Çorum, Samsun and Tokat) within the boundaries of Yeşilırmak basin, and is an area of 40.000 km2 and 450 km long. In classification terms NUTS II, is the region named TR83. Subsidiaries to the region are 44 counties, 195 towns, and 2446 villages. The envisaged analyses and studies for the project will mainly be conducted within the boundaries of the basin and the provinces mentioned above.
The management of the project is executed by 5 provincial representatives located in the basin, was established on 23 September 1997 by the Council of Minister’s decree number 97/9992, which was published on 7 October 1997 Official Journal and took effect under the name of Yeşilırmak Basin Development Project. The headquarters is in Amasya, and the Chairman is the Governor of Amasya.
For the effective use of the EU Structural Funds in our region, in association with SPO, and the Association of Development, a project management team was established. The project team consists of 1 Project Coordinator, 4 Project Directors, 1 Information Technology Specialist, 1 Accountant, 1 GIS technician, and 1 Maps Specialist. The training of the commissioned staff and informing the residents of the region is carried out by the Association of Development.
YEŞİLIRMAK BASİN - RELATED SUB-PROJECTS
Geographical Information System Infrastructure Project (GIS)
Works for Geographical Information System Infrastructure Project has started and continuing with the establishment of the Yeşilırmak Basin – Special Administrative Services Association.
The data on the Geographical Information System for the basin includes information on: composite satellite images, roads and settlements, administrative boundaries, vegetation data, streams and ponds, digital elevation (slope, scope and illuminations, etc.) data, soil data (land use capability classes, large groups of soil erosions status, other soil properties, etc.), and meteorological data. This information plate is available for adding updates. When necessary, new data plates can be layered on existing information.
WORKS ACCOMPLISHED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF FINANCIAL AIDS PRIOR TURKEY JOINS THE EU
With the partnership of the SPO and EU, the Yeşilırmak (Amasya, Çorum, Samsun and Tokat) Development Program with the coordination of SPO has begun, the Regional Development Project Design index has been drawn in collaboration of Services Association the execution principals in the context of the SOS’s Samsun (Amasya, Çorum, Samsun and Tokat), Kastamonu and Erzurum NUTS II regions (total of 10 provinces), the team for the Association of Development was created, and the Procurement Technical Association Team is still being developed. The training of the crew assigned to carry out the development projects, implemented with grants funded to the Association of Development from the EU’s shared funds are continuing.
The aim of the project;
1) A grants program for local development initiatives,
2) A grants program for the SMEs,
3) Small-scale infrastructure grant program,
4) Implement a technical assistance project to support the application.
This grants program that will be implemented in regional lever, can be seen as a regional economic development medium. Also with this regional level functional implementation, the project will contribute to the Accession Partnership by establishing structures to accelerate the process.