Küre Mountains National Park is now open

01 Aug 2010

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One of the 311 Key Biodiversity Areas in Turkey, Küre Mountains National Park is now welcoming visitors.

New Horizons - Completed within the framework of Enhancing Forest Protected Areas System in Turkey project, which is supported by the Global Environment Fund (GEF), the visitor and information centers, entrance gate and walking paths were opened to the public on 2 July 2010. With these facilities, visitors and tourists will be able to experience Küre Mountains at first hand.

Kastamonu Azdavay Çatak canyon walking path, entrance gate and Pınarbaşı visitor and information centers were opened with ceremonies attended by the Deputy Undersecratery for Ministry of Environment and Forestry Mustafa Eldemir, Director General for General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks Yaşar Dostbil, Project Steering Committee members, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks staff, Kastamonu Regional Directorate of Forestry staff, local decision-makers and citizens from the communities.

Explaining that scarce resources in rural areas lead to migration Deputy Undersecretary Eldemir emphasized that sustainable development in rural areas can only be achieved through their own internal dinamics and international funded projects like this GEF funded Enhancing Forest Protected Areas System in Turkey project. Eldemir said the project will increase the added value of the region by creating alternative income sources, and as a result of the sustainable management system, the region will become more attractive for both the national and the global tourism sector.

Attaining National Park status in 2000 and standing on a surface area of 37.000 the Küre Mountains are home to rich biodiversity systems, wildlife, natural forests, unique geological and geomorphological structures, as well as cultural and architectural assets. Küre Mountains were also identified as one of Europe’s 100 forest hotspots in need of urgent conservation actions.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project Enhancing Forest Protected Areas System in Turkey is implemented by UNDP Turkey; and executed by Ministry of Environment and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, and General Directorate of Forestry under the partnership of General Directorate of Forest-Village Relations, General Directorate of Afforestation and Erosion Control, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Turkey. The project aims to create a model to enhance nature conservation and sustainable resource management in Küre Mountains National Park and its buffer zone, and disseminate this model to other 8 forest hotspots in Turkey.

Please visit www.kdmp.gov.tr for more information.