Why the Seyhan River Basin?

Being the second largest river basin after the Nile in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Seyhan river basin, in agricultural terms, is one of the most important regions in Turkey and in Europe. The river basin, in regards to biologic diversity, is also one of the richest regions in the world: dry farming, irrigated farming, animal husbandry and a varety of impending agricultural opportunities for local are all present.

Seyhan Havzası

According to the predictions from the studies done by Çukurova Üniversitesi, TÜBİTAK and RIHN (Japan) by the year 2070 in the Seyhan River Basin the air temperature is expected to have risen 2-3.5 °C, precipitation is expected to decrease by 25-35%, mountain snow pacts are expected to melt earlier, irrigation water is expected to decrease, agricultural product patterns are expected to be forced to change, dry and irrigated farming regions are expected to be afected, demand for the use of groundwater is expected to increase and thus a risk of pollution is expected, and finally it is also expected that in coastal regions salt water from the sea will mix with inland ground water up to 10 km inshore.

In addition, according to the preliminary studies performed by the International Panel on Climate Change, or the IPCC, the Seyhan River Basin has been identified as the most sensitive and vulnerable region to climate change within the Mediterranean region.

Reference: http://www.iklim.mdgf-tr.org