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.


An interview with Dr Uğur Zeydanlı, Head of the Board of DKM was held in the 107th Biological Diversity issue of Eko IQ!

An interview was conducted with Dr. Uğur Zeydanlı, Head of the Board of DKM, in the Climate and Biological Diversity issue of ECOIQ magazine, which publishes on Green Business Green Life, titled While the Climate is Changing, Species are Vanishing.... Dr. Zeydanlı underlined that we are experiencing two ecological crises together: The world is facing many problems, but as the Nature Conservation Centre, we think that there are two root crises behind a large part of these problems: Climate Crisis and Biological Crisis. Both are vital systems and we do not yet have the technology to compensate for the deterioration of these two systems. In order to replace the benefits provided to us by a disappearing forest ecosystem, we have to produce costly solutions that may cause bigger problems. This is only a short-term solution. Losing forests means losing water resources, or the filtration system needed for water to pass safely from upstream to downstream. To compensate for this, you have to bring water from other basins, and you have to increase investments in infrastructure to control the water cycle in the region.


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