A National Awareness Raising Event for the European Union Funded AGREEN Project, of which our University is a partner, was held online.

AGREEN ¨Cross-border Alliance for Climate-Smart and Green Agriculture in the Black Sea Basin” Project, of which Tekirdag Namık Kemal University is a partner, is being supported by European Union funds and the Black Sea Basin Cross Border Operational Programme. The first National Awareness Raising Event was held online with the participation of the leading stakeholders of the agricultural sector.

Moderated by AGREEN Project Coordinator Prof. Dr. Tolga ERDEM and Assoc. Dr. Mehmet ŞENER, the welcome speeches were done by Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University Vice-Rector and THE Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture. Speaking at the opening of the meeting, TNKU Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Bülent EKER stated that this comprehensive project with six partners is a valuable project that will showcase the academic and research power of our university in an international context. After Prof. Dr. Bülent EKER, TNKU Dean of Faculty of Agriculture represented by Prof. Dr. Sezen ARAT kept her welcome speech. Prof. Dr. Sezen ARAT underlined that the project, which focuses on the concept of climate sensitive agriculture, will offer solutions that will reduce the effects of climate change, one of the most important problems of today, on the agricultural sector.

AGREEN Community of Practice Coordinator Lecturer Dr. Duygu DOĞAN introduced the project in general terms. Afterwards, AGREEN COP expert Prof. Dr. Fatih KONUKCU presented the Climate Sensitive Agriculture Feasibility Report of the project. Within the scope of the Black Sea Basin Cross-Border Operational Program 2014-2020 2nd Call for Proposals, the ¨Cross-border Alliance for Climate-Smart and Green Agriculture in the Black Sea Basin (AGREEN / BSB1135)¨ started on 1 June 2020 and will last for 30 months. AGREEN Project is being carried out in partnership with research institutions, universities and NGOs from Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Georgia, Armenia and Greece. With a total budget of 799,279,60 Euros, the international project aims to create a brand originating in the Black Sea Basin, develop climate sensitive agriculture models, establish internet-based cross-border learning partnerships and support young entrepreneurs in sustainable agriculture.

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