CoCoNET Istanbul Meeting Press Release


CoConet Project cares most about nature than anything else


"Nature is more important than economics. Humans are part of nature and tend to forget this"


The CoCoNET Project, (Coast to Coast NETworks), which involves more than 400 researchers from 39 institutions, kicked off on Feb. 27 in Rome. After the kick off meeting, representatives of the program gather in İstanbul on May 7 and briefed the press members about the project.

The press meeting hosted by Dr. Ferdinando Boero, coordinator of the project and coordinator for the National Research Council of Italy and Dr. Bayram Öztürk, work package 7 leader, a professor of marine sciences at İstanbul University and chair of the Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV).

The CoCoNET Project happens to be the second biggest marine research project of the EU under the seventh Framework Program after the Perseus Project, which concentrates on maritime border control.

Dr.Boero had explained the importance of the Mediterenean to the press members and also gave details about the CoCoNET project.

Dr.Boero; "Tourism is a very big economic industry in Southern Europe. If we destroy nature, we destroy the possibility of having further incomes from high level tourism. So its is our interest to have healthy nature to live in. This project is also aiming a having a development of the culture of the people to live in this beautiful habitat. In a survey in Turkey shows us that %1.8 of the population declared the big cared about the quality of the environment. It's a big problem. Because the threats to the integrity of the environment are almost human driven. So we are the threats. Our culture is the best medicine to these threats. If we don't perceive the values of nature we will destroy nature. We will destroy ourselves too"

One other most important part of the project is to build Offshore Wind Farms.

Dr.Boero asserted; "Another leg of this project is sea based wind energy potential. So you have seen that many countries like in Japan, where there was a big development of nuclear power plants now they are abandoning because it's unsafe. We have to find other ways of producing energy. Offshore wind farms are one the clean ways to produce clear energy. From one side we want to protect the environment but don't want to go back Middle Ages. So we need energy we have to find ways energy in a clean way. And Offshore Wind Farms (OWF) might be a way. In Northern Europe this has been done extensively there are no offshore wind farms in the southern European seas. So this project will explore the possibility of having these installments in our seas. On land in many countries there is a strong opposition because of the landscape. So having them offshore, far away from the coast they can not be seen. Maybe is a solution to this problem. We will have to look these things. "

It is also stated that the project involves different countries together under one single mission and it is the future sake of the seas. That's why it's important for single countries to enforce protection policies if there is not in accordance among the various states.

Dr Boero also asserted that humans are underestimating the nature because of their economic needs.

"The most important things are related to the economics. The laws of economics are always invoked to tell us how we have to behave. There is a very simple question. 'If the laws of economics are in contrast with the laws of nature, which one is going to prevail?' Of course, the laws of nature! We have to give a lot of importance to economics but nature is more important than economics. Economics is inside the nature can not be outside the nature. Humans are part of nature and we tend to forget this. "

Dr. Bayram Ozturk also briefed the press members about the importance of the project. "We want to build marine protected areas in Turkey. We want to build shelters in order to protect the die out species and we will prevent illegal fishing. We are aiming to ban some areas to fishing so that fry fishes can survive."



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CoConet Project cares most about nature than anything else

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