Nature Conservation Centre (Doğa Koruma Merkezi)
The Nature Conservation Centre (DKM) is a Foundation established in 2013 by a group of experienced ecologists and nature conservationists. These experts formed DKM in order to provide a centrally organised pool of expertise and technical capacity for conserving biodiversity in Turkey and the surrounding area.
DKM's members have each had a long involvement in nature and environmental conservation in Turkey. In Turkey, DKM’s members have worked with government, the private sector, NGOs, research institutions, individual experts and volunteers, carrying out major studies of mountain, forest, wetland and steppe ecosystems.
Whilst biodiversity is the main focus of DKM’s work, its fields of application can cover diverse topics. DKM does not consider nature conservation an environmentalist pursuit, but rather a multi-disciplinary subject which should be tackled by considering social, economic and political issues. DKM seeks solutions by understanding how all these aspects connect, and works on four main strategic themes:
- Biodiversity: Species and Ecosystems;
- Land and Water;
- Climate Change;
- Systematic Conservation Planning.