Turkey’s wetlands have a climate-stabilizing impact and thus contribute to mitigating the impacts of climate change; they also constitute a water reservoir and thus a resource for agriculture and the ecological balance that must not be underestimated in terms of climate adaptation. In addition, they serve as important breeding and migration areas for many endangered bird species. The goal of the project is to establish and test a concept for the conservation and sustainable use of the wetlands. At national level framework conditions for the conservation and sustainable use of the wetlands are to be enhanced and capacities to be strengthened. At local level pilot management plans for wetlands will be elaborated and implemented with the help of investment (e.g. renaturalisation and measures to prevent pollution). In addition, the project develops and promotes different types of sustainable wetland utilisation and thus contributes to safeguarding the sources of livelihood of the people living in the vicinity of wetlands.