Küre National Park Bartın part is ready

01 Mar 2011

Kure Mountains National Park Bartın Arıt-Sögütlü Information Center has been launched on 14th February 2011, as an important activity of GEF funded “Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System in Turkey” Project.

New Horizons - Opening Ceremony took place with an extensive attendance just before the Project Steering Committee’s third meeting in Bartın.

New information center, which was an old village school and reconstructed as a part of National Park visitor management system, aims to serve better to the visitors and to provide detailed information.

Governor of Bartın İsa Küçük , Bartın MP Yılmaz Tunç, Director General of Nature Conservation and National Parks Yaşar Dostbil, UNDP Turkey Programme Manager Dr. Katalin Zaim, WWF-Turkey Conservation Manager Dr. Sedat Kalem, officials from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, governors of districts, mayors, representatives of universities and locals were present at the opening ceremony of the information center.

The delegation also visited surrounding villages and held openings of the National Park’s Bartın section entrance gate system (Arıt-Ridgeway-Aşağıçerçi and Ulukaya-Drahna-Göksu- Ridgeway entrance gates).

In his opening speech, Director General of Nature Conservation and National Parks Yaşar Dostbil said, “Kastamonu-Bartın Kure Mountains National Park and buffer zone activities of the project are successfully carried out since May 2008 and continued with an approach based on nature protection and sustainable resource management.”

“Local ownership”

Dreams In his speech Bartın MP Yılmaz Tunç stated that in recent years studies on Kure Mountains National Park have been gradually increased and successful works have been done to promote the region to the world. “Efforts are important, but local ownership of these is more important” he said.

Governor of Bartın, İsa Küçük drew attention to the fact that information center is a significant progress towards implementation of protection and utilization balance, by enhancing communication and interaction between local people and national park.

Abandoned village schools are reconstructed as the national park visitor and information centers in Bartın province.

These centers are an important part of Kure Mountains National Park Visitor Management System, and aim to raise awareness of local people, inform visitors, exhibit local handicraft products, and are venues for meetings and trainings.