National Park best practice to represent Turkey at Rio+20

13 June 2012 | News story

A project by the Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, an IUCN Member, carried out in Küre Mountains National Park, was chosen as best practice on sustainable development and green economy. 25 best practice projects will represent Turkey at the Rio+20 Conference this month.

The project “Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System” implemented in Küre Mountains National Park aims to improve the effectiveness of the management of Turkey’s forests in the National System of Protected Areas. The project activities have resulted in improved protection for the unique wilderness of the site and effective participation of local people in nature conservation activities. The project has succeeded in setting up a conservation model for the National Park, for sustainable development and tourism, and the green economy. This model has become exemplary for other forest hotspots in Turkey and the National System of Protected Areas.

The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of Turkey. Since May 2008 it has been implemented, as a partnership between the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, the General Directorate of Forestry, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and WWF-Turkey. The project comes to an end 30 June, 2012.

Küre Mountains National Park has also been certified as PAN Parks, which represent unique wilderness areas and outstanding Protected Areas in Europe. The PAN Parks verification process, which was initiated in 2006, was finalized by an international independent verification in April 2012 and the National Park became the first in Turkey and 13th PAN Parks certified Protected Area in Europe.

The awarded best practices which will be showcased by Turkey at Rio+20 include initiatives by the private sector, public institutions, NGOs and universities. The 25 cases, chosen from among 181 applications as part of Turkey’s national report for the Rio+20 Summit, provide an important opportunity for presenting Turkey’s experience and set examples on sustainable development for other countries.

For more details on Küre Mountains National Park and the project click here.

For more information on conservation activities in the country, visit the Country Focus on Turkey from last month.