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The Challenge of Sustainable Development: Lessons from Turkey's GAP (the Southeastern Anatolia Project)

December 4, 135 Emerson Hall

International Programs/CALS Announcement

Presented by Dr. Atilla Eris, Member, Executive Board, Turkish Higher Education Council and Former Acting President, GAP Administration, Office of the Prime Minister of Turkey

DATE: Monday, December 4, 2006
TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: 135 Emerson Hall

Turkey's GAP, or the Southeast Anatolia Project, is among the world's leading integrated development projects and has spurred the development of the comparative advantages of Europe's Anatolian gateway to the MiddleEast. GAP focuses on the modernization of agriculture and development of industry, on expansion of infrastructure, education and tourism, and on the enhancement of health care, education, and social and cultural life.

The project's water resources component involves the construction of 22 dams and 19 hydraulic power plans and irrigation systems over an area of 1.7 million hectares. Its total cost is US$32 billion.

Dr. Atilla Eris will describe GAP's efforts at sustainable development in a manner that will enhance the region's comparative advantage and cross-border cooperation with emerging markets in the region.

Dr. Eris sits on the Executive Board of the Turkish Higher Education Council and is the Coordinator of GAP junior faculty development project. Earlier he was the Acting President of GAP Administration in the Office of the Prime Minister of Turkey's Office. He has taught at Ankara and Uludag Universities and has published from his extensive research on the physiology and molecular biology in Turkey and Germany. His doctorate in horticulture is from Ankara University.

COSPONSORS: International Programs/CALS and the SUNY Center for International Development

Very fine refreshments will be available.

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