About Project

Objective of the Project

The project’s objective is to improve the conservation of Turkey’s steppe ecosystems through effective protected area management and mainstreaming steppe biodiversity conservation into production landscapes.

Outputs of the Project

COMPONENT 1. Effectiveness of protected area system to conserve steppe biodiversity increased
Output 1. New steppe protected area established and operational
Output 2. Effective management plans for three steppe protected areas created and implemented
Output 3. Rigorous monitoring program for three steppe protected areas established

COMPONENT 2. Steppe biodiversity conservation mainstreamed into production landscapes
Output 1. Sustainable grazing management program operational across three steppe protected areas and associated buffer zones
Output 2. Sustainable grazing management program impacts monitored at three steppe protected areas
Output 3. Model steppe conservation training program for pastoralists emplaced

COMPONENT 3. Enabling environment established for the effective conservation of steppe
biodiversity across large landscapes
Output 1. Sanliurfa Province steppe conservation strategy and associated enabling environment improvements implemented
Output 2. National steppe conservation strategy and associated enabling environment improvements established
Output 3. National steppe conservation training and awareness program for decision-makers and resource managers

Project Information

Starting Date

17 March '17

Ending Date

30 September '22

Implementation Agency


Project Partners


Project Activities


A comorehensive baseline surveys and assessments on biodiversity, socio-economic and socio-cultural aspects, ongaing grazing activities and livestock situation was conducted between 2018 - 2019 in the scope of the conservation and sustainable management of Turkey's steppe ecosystems project.


Management plans, grazing plans and species/multi-species action plans are under preparation for the project sites. The plans will support effective conservation of the project sites and sustainable management of species/habitats


Monitoring programs are one of the most important tools that enable nature conservation and sustainable management of natural resources. Monitoring Programs for Tek Tek Mountains Natonal park, Kizilkuyu Wildlife Development Area and Karacadag Steppes were prepared...

Training and Development

With the project, many activities were planned and implemented within the scope of training and awareness-raising program.