Doğa’s work is driven by the demand to take action to defend nature. Our mission is to defend the rights of nature in all its forms and including all its processes, which are necessary for the creation and sustenance of life.
- Species and habitat monitoring and protection programs for species from various taxa such as imperial eagle, yelkouan shearwater, great bustard, Egyptian vulture, bald ibis, anatolian mountain crain, sociable lapwing, semi-collared flycatcher, cinereous bunting, bear, striped hyena, goitered gazelle, anatolian leopard, Erzincan milkwort, Euphrates softshell turtle and freshwater fish of Turkey.
- Implementation of site conservation strategies at 30 KBAs (Key Biodiversity Areas) out of 305 KBAs of Turkey in close cooperation with neighboring countries with transboundary conservation projects.
- Implementation of national and international campaigns such as the campaign to save the historical town of Hasankeyf – which meets nine out of 10 UNESCO criteria for World Heritage List – and the surrounding Tigris Valley – which is a KBA – from being flooded by the planned Ilısu Dam.
- Wetland protection and conservation programs in threatened wetlands such as Burdur Lake and Gediz Delta – which are KBAs and Ramsar Sites – that involve eradication of threats and introduction of wetland-friendly production practices both to save these wetlands and to act as a model of intervention for other threatened wetlands.
- Establishment of “Nature School” to serve as a nature conservation center for Turkey and the Mediterranean with courses such as applied conservation methods, river basins, landscape and protected area management, species conservation, pastoral ecosystems as well as human ecology.
Have you heard about the Environmental Liability Directive? In a nutshell, it is a comprehensive EU-wide liability regime for environmental damage, which is based on the principle that the polluter pays, meaning that the one that caused the environmental damage is liable for its remediation. It entered into force in 2007. In an ideal world, this directive would prevent environmental damage to happen in the first place. But planet earth is far from utopic, and it turns out this piece of legislation is not as effective as we wished.
Only one day after world leaders agreed on a global deal to reverse the decline of biodiversity at COP15 in Montreal, environment ministers from across the EU are following suit to translate global ambition into strong regional policies. Today, at the European environment council, a majority of ministers expressed their support for a strong EU Nature Restoration Law in response to the climate and biodiversity emergencies.