DKM is inspired by nature and its diversity and respects all forms of life, from the simplest individuals to entire ecosystems.

DKM places itself at the cutting edge of biodiversity conservation and works to a high and consistent standard to deliver scientifically sound products.

DKM seeks to understand the local context, working resourcefully and collaboratively to identify pragmatic and innovative solutions, which support sustainable lifestyles and cultures.

DKM puts people first, listening to ideas and sharing experiences in order to find ways to make optimal use of available resources.


The Nature Conservation Centre (DKM) is a Foundation established in 2004 by a group of experienced ecologists and nature conservationists. These experts, from Turkey and the UK, 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, with some individual's active interest and experience both here and abroad stretching back to the 1960s. 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.


A Series of Events Carried Out Within The Scope of the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Turkey’s Steppe Ecosystems Project


 A series of events for the conservation of steppes were carried out in Şanlıurfa on 2-6 December 2019 within the scope of the project on “Conservation and Sustainable Management of Turkey’s Steppe Ecosystems”. The project is being implemented by UNFAO, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, General Directorate of Plant Production and General Directorate Forestry under Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry with the financial support of Global Environment Facility (GEF).

On the local level the project is being supported by Governorate of Şanlıurfa, Provincial Directorate of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and Harran University through active participation of other stakeholders in the region.

Various activities such as Workshop on Turkey’s First National Steppe Conservation, Şanlıurfa Steppe Conservation Strategy and Action Plan Preparation Workshop, and wall painting for primary school students to introduce the fauna and flora of steppes were organized within the context of the project’s component on “enabling environment established for the effective conservation of steppe biodiversity across large landscapes” which is carried out by Nature Conservation Center (DKM).

Turkey’s First National Steppe Conservation Workshop, which was held on 2-3 December, aimed at enhancing common understanding of steppe ecosystems and improving cooperation among key stakeholders in steppe management and conservation.

Within this scope, various presentations were made by public institutions and academicians and a panel was organized where the challenges and opportunities for cooperation in steppe management in Turkey were discussed.

Besides Selami Özşahin, Deputy Governor of Şanlıurfa and İsmail Üzmez General Director of Nature Conservation and National Parks, entrepreneurs and high-level representatives from public institutions, and academia were participated to the panel.

On December 4, activities such as wall painting and preparation of steppe corner were carried out in Güzelkuyu Primary School to promote the biodiversity of the steppes and to raise awareness among children on the plant and animal species of the steppes.

Furthermore; in the Preparation Workshop for Şanlıurfa Steppe Conservation Strategy and Action Plan held on December 5-6, the project experts and local experts worked on the current status and protection needs of the Şanlıurfa steppes to form a basis for the strategy and action plan.

With all these activities; With all these activities it was aimed to take steps for development of strategies for the conservation and sustainable management of the steppes while at the same time to raise awareness on the difference of steppe ecosystems from meadows and pastures and the biodiversity it possesses.

The main objective of the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Turkey’s Steppe Ecosystems Project is to improve the conservation of Turkey’s steppe ecosystems through effective protected area management and mainstreaming steppe biodiversity conservation into production landscapes.






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