Küre Mountains National Park: First PAN Parks certified protected area of Turkey

05 Oct 2012

The “Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System in Turkey” project which was funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and bore considerable outputs such as PAN Park certification of the Küre Mountains National Park. The closure meeting will be held in Ankara on 8 October 2012 and will be followed by the “Importance of Forest Ecosystems in Conservation: Küre Mountains National Park Symposium”.

The “Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System in Turkey” Project was funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the General Directorate for Nature Conversation and National Parks and the General Directorate of Forestry under the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, in cooperation with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Turkey Office and WWF Turkey.

The project aimed to enhance nature conservation and sustainable resource management in Küre Mountains National Park and its buffer zone and to establish an effective and participatory management model.

First PAN Parks certified protected area

Küre Mountains National Park, one of the forty national parks in Turkey, has received the PAN Parks (Protected Area Network Parks) certificate granted to well-managed protected areas where successful sustainable tourism activities are conducted.

Thus, the Küre Mountains National Park has been the thirteenth in Europe and the first PAN Parks certified protected area in Turkey.

Certification process of the Küre Mountains National Park as a PAN Park has been one of the significant outputs of the “Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System in Turkey” Project.

Many international and national publications have referred to the project and it served as a model for many protected areas.

The project has also been awarded as one of Turkey’s Best Sustainable Development Practices as part of the preparation process of the Rio 20+ United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and served as one of the 24 best practices representing Turkey in Rio de Janeiro.

Küre Mountains National Park Symposium
 
The closure meeting to be held on October 8th 2012 in Ankara will be followed by the “Importance of Forest Ecosystems in Conservation: Küre Mountains National Park Symposium”. During the symposium, officials of the National Park will receive Turkey’s first PAN Parks certificate from the Director General of the PAN Parks Foundation. Furthermore, representatives of İZ TV, National Geographic Turkey and ATLAS Journal will be awarded plaques for their efforts to promote activities carried out within the scope of the project the Küre Mountains National Park.

For detailed information on the project and Küre Mountains National Park, please visit www.kdmp.gov.tr