Turkey's "Hot Spots" will be managed better

01 May 2011

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“Protected Areas’ Management and Planning” training held for managers of forest hot spots.

New Horizons - The training was held in 29 March - 1 April 2011 in Antalya under GEF supported “Enhancing Forest Protected Area Management System in Turkey Project”.

Protected area policies, current legislations, protected area planning, participation in protected areas, importance of socio-economic and cultural values in planning process, protected area financing, recreation and tourism applications in protected areas, communication and promotion topics were the main training subjects.

Protected area planning samples, tourism practices in Küre Mountains National Park and “Pan Parks” system were also shared with participants.

Ministry of Environment and Forestry staff from “9 Forest Hot Spots” named Kure Mountains, Karçal Mountains, Fırtına Valley, Datça-Bozburun Peninsula, Babadağ, İstanbul Forests, İbradı-Akseki Forests, Amanos Mountains, Yenice Forests, participated in the training.

Training participants were Provincial Directorate of Environment and Forestry staff, Regional Directorate of Forestry Planning Branch Managers and Forest District and Sub-district managers from Küre Mountain National Park buffer zone.

Field visit organized to Antalya Termessos (Güllük) National Park with training participants.

Participants recommended that this training method should be used in other trainings of Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Objective of the Project

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.

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