Sustainable Agriculture and Access to Food 

Sustainable Agriculture and Access to Food constitutes one of the indispensable pillars of the overall concept of sustainability, so the working group of BCSD Turkey, focusing on this area, carries out the following activities: 

Guide on the Principles of Sustainable Agriculture:  Published in 2015, this guide is one of the first studies in Turkey that deals with the environmental, social and economic dimensions of agriculture from a sustainability perspective. The guide aims at raising awareness about the systems and practices which will improve the protection of agricultural lands, producers, the environment and natural resources. 

Partnership of the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention to Combat Desertification of the United Nations: The 12th Session of the COP took place in Turkey in 2015. BCSD Turkey played an active part in the COP12, and was one of the main partners of Sustainable Land Management Business Forum. During the Conference, BCSD Turkey pursued the objectives of addressing the issue from a business perspective, and including good practices from the world and from Turkey in the agenda. As a result of the Forum, Ankara Declaration, which expresses the position of businesses about land management, is issued.  

Status of Water and New Approaches to Water Management in Turkey – An Environmental Perspective: This report is prepared through the cooperation between BCSD Turkey, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Nature Conservation Center and YADA Foundation (Yaşama Dair Vakıf) in 2013. The report emphasizes the requirement for treating the environment as an important factor in water planning and management in Turkey. Additionally, some of the experiences and approaches available in the whole world are also presented to readers. 

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