Alakır Valley Key Biodiversity Area in Turkey saved from hydropower development

The high court of Turkey stopped all hydropower projects in Alakır Valley, at the heart of the Bey Mountains Important Bird Area and Key Biodiversity Area in Antalya. The court concluded that the area shall be declared as a protected area for its outstanding value for freshwater and terrestrial biodiversity. Doğa, BirdLife Turkey, has been […]

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Community-based conservation programme launched for globally threatened steppic birds in Turkey

Doğa, BirdLife in Turkey, launches a new conservation programme for globally threatened birds breeding in Turkey’s extensive steppes. The programme will be implemented in collaboration with locals living nearby habitats of six globally threatened bird species, occurring in private lands or community pastures. Species that are targeted by the new conservation programme are, Sociable Plover, […]

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17th Turkey Bird Conference

The 17th edition of the Turkey Bird Conference will take place from 24-26 June this year. These conferences have been organised by Doğa Derneği (Birdife in Turkey) for the last decade in different parts of Anatolia. The idea for the event was born from ornithological research from the early ’90s, when the process to identify […]

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Major mining project threatens the Çoruh Valley Important Bird Area, one of main bottlenecks of Eurasian Flyway

Turkey, over the past weeks, goes through a major struggle between the locals of the Artvin province, in the Eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey, and the government. The strong opposition of locals is because of a major mining operation projected to take place at the Cerattepe hills, the upper catchment of the City of […]

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The first community-based conservation initiative launched for endangered Brown Fish Owls of Turkey

Brown Fish Owl (Ketupa zeylonensis) is one of rarest and most threatened birds in Europe according to BirdLife International, which classified the species as Critically Endangered in the European Redlist of Birds. Doğa, BirdLife in Turkey, recently finalized a grassroots conservation project, known to be the first community-based conservation initiative for this rare species. The project […]

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Turkey’s “Bird Call” is released!

Turkey’s “Bird Call” is released! Doğa released a new bulletin on bird watching, conservation and art inspired by birds. “Kuş Sesi”, meaning “Bird Call” in English, will be released three times in a year and will be available online and as free hard copies in limited numbers. First issue includes an article by Richard Porter […]

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Can “slow olive oil” help conserving Mediterranean biodiversity?

Doğa, BirdLife in Turkey, launches a new conservation programme on high nature value olive tree pastures in Anatolia. The aim of the programme is to draw attention to widely neglected indigenous olive tree pastures of Eastern Mediterranean Basin, being highly important for biodiversity. Indigenous olive tree pastures of Eastern Mediterranean Basin, also extending in western […]

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Birds in the Warzone

  Many people already wrote plenty of papers and defined various issues on migration and conservation of the Sociable Lapwing I guess. Detailed research projects are implemented, species action plans are developed and the causes of the species’ extinction are clarified in fine detail. Conservation scientists do their best to cure these problems. Although most […]

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Turkey’s KBAs

Biodiversity is unevenly distributed on earth and some places are crucial for the survival of one or more species or ecological processes, supporting persistence of global biodiversity. The Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) methodology is a tool that helps to identify and conserve a global network of natural areas crucial to sustain the world’s ecological diversity. […]

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About Doğa

Doğa is the partner of BirdLife International in Turkey and its work is driven by the demand to take action to sustain biodiversity. Our mission is to defend the rights of nature in all its forms including all its processes, which are necessary for persistence of life on earth. Since 2002, we have been working […]

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