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.


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Biodiversity is the main focus of classic Nature Conservation. It is interesting to reflect that, despite the fact that ‘biodiversity’ as a concept wasn’t given a name until the 1980s, today there is wide public awareness of the topic and it is a word used commonly by both the general public and professional organisations.

Under the biodiversity theme, DKM focuses on species and ecosystems. It identifies the internal dynamics of how species and ecosystems function and the external factors which shape these dynamics. Using this information it then designs interventions which aim to ensure the continuity of ecological and evolutionary processes.


Maintenance of traditional grazing patterns in order to conserve the habitat of rich butterfly communities and rare species, and the conservation of the natural hydrological cycle in the oriental sweetgum forests are examples of the work DKM carries out under this theme.




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