Gökova ICMM Project “Tourism Stakeholders Meeting” Completed

Stakeholders Problem Analysis Meetings”  will be held on 5th – 8th December 2009 in Gökova, Akyaka District as project area within Gökova Special Environmental Protection Area Integrated Marine and Coastal Management Planning Project carrying on by BBI Matra foundation and SAD-AFAG in corporation with EPASA, MARA, Eurosite, Rubicon.

“Stakeholders Problem Analysis Meetings” within Gökova SEPA Integrated Marine and Coastal Management Planning Project are continuing on 7th December 2009 Monday with “Tourism Stakeholders Group Meeting” as third assembly.

Mr. Ayhan Toprak (MoEF, EPASA, Muğla Directorate) Ahmet Çalca (Akyaka Mayor), Serdar Denktaş (Akyaka City Council President) Akyaka Village Headman, hotel keepers from Akyaka, pension keepers from Akbük, local press and SAD-AFAG sectoral specialists participated in the meeting. Tourism Meeting is coordinated by Sezer Göktan and SAD-AFAG Gökova Project Manager N. Ozan Veryeri and Project Assistant Eren Özden.

“Gökova Stakeholders Problem Analysis Meeting” is implemented together with 13 personal or representative participants from different relevant stakeholder groups related in utilization and/or constitution of Gökova Integrated Marine and Coastal Management Planning.  In the invitation and participation of sectoral representatives, it is considered to represent different parts of the project area covering whole Gökova SEPA Area.

After welcoming speech of Project Manager N. Ozan Veryeri,  project introductory information is shared with the participants and Project Informal Document is distributed. Contextual and implementation differences between previous implemented projects on the region and current Gökova Integrated Marine and Coastal Management Planning Project are explained to the participants. Content of the meeting and problem tree technique as the methodology to be used are explained to the participants. Problems within “Tourism” sector in SEPA Area are equally and impartially collected from participants with the designated method. In problem analysis part of the meeting, collected problems are placed on the board anonymously , grouped according their connection and problem analysis diagram took its final version after all participants expressed their opinions and comments on the pinned issues.

At the end of the meeting three general problems are seen at the center of the mentioned issues by Gökova Tourism Stakeholders Group. These problems can be listed as; Pollution, Administrative Problems and Socio-Cultural Communication Problems.

Project Stakeholder Problem Analysis Meetings will continue with “Farmers and Agriculturists” stakeholder group assembly on 8 December 2009  at 14:00 -17:00 in Gökova, Center.