In cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Taşkent Nature Park and Near East University Center Of Excellence Nature Biological Protection and Research Center, the first Biological Diversity and Bio-Smuggling Workshop was organised on 21st and 22nd May.

YDU Head of the Center of Excellence Nature Biology Protection and Research Center, Assistant Professor Doctor Nazım Kaşot, emphasised the significance of biodiversity to countries in his opening speech at the workshop.

Kaşot said that with the increase in the work done in Cyprus over the last few years, many changes have been detected. He pointed out that biodiversity is an important element of eco tourism, and pointed out the danger that bio-smuggling would cause.

Tourism and Environment Minister Fikri Ataoglu said that the workshop was organized to talk about Biological Diversity and Biological Smuggling and to produce ideas.

Saying that habitat is another way in which nature can be harmed, Ataoglu said that as a ministry, it is a duty to apply administrative fines to domestic and foreign persons involved in biofuels in accordance with the Trade Regulations and to establish a certain consciousness to protect our endangered species.

Minister Ataoglu said that the biodiversity of the country is attractive for scientific research, but also there are many foreigners collecting for commercial purposes. In order to prevent our own resources from crossing to other countries, individuals and firms which would deprive future generations from the biological richness of our country, it would be beneficial for the Environmental Protection Agency staff to address the shortcomings of this issue.

Ataoglu said that this will be a factor in determining the deficiencies in legal and institutional arrangements for combating trafficking and the proposals for them, as well as increasing public awareness of bio-trafficking and demonstrating what can be done to strengthen co-ordination and cooperation among relevant institutions for combating bio-trafficking.

He also thanked the valuable academicians of the Near East University, the staff of Taşkent Nature Park and the scientists who came to the workshop from abroad to bring such an important issue to the agenda.