DKM Nature Conservation Centre
The Nature Conservation Centre (DKM) is a foundation established in 2004 by a group of experienced ecologists and nature conservationists. These experts, from Turkey and the UK, formed DKM in order to provide a centrally organized pool of expertise and technical capacity for conserving biodiversity in Turkey and the surrounding area.
DKM's members have each had a long involvement in nature and environmental conservation in Turkey, with some individual's active interest and experience both here and abroad stretching back to the 1960s. In Turkey, DKM’s members have worked with government, the private sector, NGOs, research institutions, individual experts and volunteers, carrying out major studies of mountain, forest, wetland and steppe ecosystems.
Throughout its work DKM uses conservation science to deliver conservation solutions, which are comprehensive and innovative. DKM believes that species’ extinctions and habitat degradation generally arise not from a conflict between environment and development, but from a lack of knowledge and an inability to develop appropriate strategies.