Support to villagers on the Küre Mountains

01 Nov 2010


Contributing to the Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System project, where the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the implementing partner, the General Directorate of Forest-Village Relations (ORKÖY), has been providing loans for solar energy and water heating systems to over 175 families in Kastamonu and Bartın.

New Horizons - Decreasing the usage of firewood, the loans have saved a 14.6 hectare oak forest and prevented a total of more than 821 tonnes of carbon emissions in two years.

In cooperation with provincial environment and forest directorates, ORKÖY is providing loans in Kastamonu and Bartın based on issues identified during preliminary works aiming to socially and economically empower the locals. Efforts are carried out to ensure that civil society organizations use the grant support from project resources in Kastamonu and Bartın. Works to increase income generating activities that serve sustainable natural resource management and to halt urban migration due to unemployment are ongoing.

Women are given priority when carrying out such efforts. In villages near Kastamonu’s Azdavay, Şenpazar, Cide and Pınarbaşı districts, alternative income opportunities from making products like rag dolls in traditional outfits will be opened for local women. In Bartın, 15 out of 38 participants (most of whom are women) from Aşağıçerçi, Ulukaya, Alıçlı, Köklü, Kozanlı, Aşağıçamlı and Yukarıdere villages who have successfully completed the “Ecotourism Home Pensioning” course, the first ever ecotourism–based course to take place on national parks will be supported in furnishing rooms for pensioning.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System project 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 for Nature (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.

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