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.


Nature Benefits Project has just started

The "Tune It - Nature Benefits: From Theory To Practise", supported by the EU Erasmus+ VET Grant Program, of which Nature Conservation Centre is a project partner, started with a Kick-off Meeting in Belgium. The project is coordinated by Natuurpunt from Belgium and apart from Nature Conservation Centre, there are ten NGOs from EU countries as project partners.

The project’s main objective is to develop a course and provide training for site managers and local (regional) authorities responsible for managing natural areas. This will enable them to use existing knowledge and tools on the natural benefits and translate them into their daily working practice. This, in turn, will ensure that vital nature benefits are maintained and increase the opportunities for natural areas to contribute to society’s needs.

The project partners plan to achieve this through a 3-module course tailored for a wide range of audiences and developed in five languages (English, Dutch, Croatian, Ukrainian, and Turkish):

  • MODULE-1 ‘Learning the basics’ provides a general overview of nature’s benefits (ecosystem services), methodologies, available guidelines, and examples of good practice.
  • MODULE-2 ‘Putting it into practice’ offers an opportunity to explore in more detail how to use nature benefits (1) in communication with various stakeholders; (2) while choosing the alternative solutions or planning the restoration; (3) for finding the alternative revenue; and (4) planning the management of their site.
  • MODULE-3’ Planning for future action’ provides participants with the necessary skills to transfer the obtained knowledge to their colleagues within their organizations.

The long-term goal is improving the management of natural areas, thus restoring degraded and protecting the healthy and/or endangered ecosystems while ensuring the wide range of societies’ benefits by improving the competencies of natural area managers (site managers) and local and regional governments. The two-year project is scheduled to be completed on 28.02.2005.





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