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.


Eco-Friendly Sports Project has been completed.

Eco-Friendly Sports project aimed to promote sport and physical activities that not only contribute to better health, but also have a positive impact on the environment.

Objectives of the project were: 

  • to promote and develop new methods of environmental education through sport,
  • to increase amount of eco-friendly sport events organized,
  • to generate public awareness about possible connection of sport and protection of environment,
  • to foster citizens engagement in sport, but also encourage them to take action towards better environment,
  • to improve knowledge and experience of representatives of sport clubs and youth workers about concept of eco-sport,
  • to provide opportunities in the urban life style to keep people’s physical and mental health and to significantly decrease the stress levels,
  • to build a society who feels close and attached to nature will contribute to using natural resources sustainably and thus building sustainable cities,
  • to contribute to social inclusion of young people from disadvantaged background.

48 local events were organised in all 8 countries and 1041 of people had a chance to participate! You can download the final report to see the details.

You can watch the mini documantary that captures the key ideas how to combine sport and nature conservation. 

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