Landscape Conservation for Large Carnivores in Turkey

Timeframe: 2014-2016
Country/Region: Turkey, Europe
Partner: Whitley Fund for Nature

North East Turkey is a biodiversity hot spot but despite its importance receives little conservation attention. A relentless construction agenda threatens to dismantle environmental laws and wipe out wildlife populations putting Turkey’s biodiversity in crisis.

This project will:

  • Expand carnivore monitoring to assess their population size and track movements using video/radio collars and camera traps,
  • Use research findings to influence on-going political decisions regarding Turkey’s wildlife and advocate for the expansion of protected areas,
  • Train grassroots conservation leaders and communicate with local villagers and officials through outreach and education programmes, and
  • Continue to develop community conservation initiatives in carnivore habitats to reduce human-wildlife conflict and create village-based wildlife tourism.

Local partner: Kuzey Doga
Project leader: Dr Çağan Şekercioğlu


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