GEF Small Grants Programm
e Project


Surrounded by mountains, wetlands, marshes turning to salty steppes in summer, reedbeds, creeks and
shrubs- the multiplicity of ecosistems it contains gives the Gökova plain its environmental importance. Research by
Heike THOL- SCHMITZ between 1986- 2001 showed a vital loss of the area’s more than 90 birdspecies, amongst them Coots, White Breasted Kingfishers and Garganey ducks; a decimation among the 10 mammal species’ population (eg. Fishotters, Badgers); and a noticeable loss among reptiles and amphibes such as Striped Terrapins, Common Toads, Sheltopuskii and Agamae.

Fieldfruit of the plain consists mainly of wheat, sesame and millet. Eucalypte trees are planted to be
cut. Despite Gökova being an SPA, burning reeds for poaching is still a local traditional pastime. Regretably even globally species like Pelicans, Bitterns and Fishotters fall victim to such doing. Besides that the plain is endangered by an increasing pressure for development.

The whole of the Project’s focal area is the most sensitive part of the „Gökova SPA“ and nominally
protected as well by being a „Protected Nature Site“. The area is under jurisdiction of Ula, adjourning settlements being the municipalities of Akyaka and Gökova and the villages of Akcapinar and Gökce. There is only one NGO („Friends of Gökova- Akyaka“) dealing with environmental issues.

The Projects „Local Solution Model“ introducts the confirmation of local problems (via a „Local Work
Group“), research of their potential solutions (via a „Project Research Group“) and pratical pilote appliances of these (via the „Local Work Group“ and the local inhabitants of the area). Parallel to that it aims to increase knowledge, conscious and capacity of three different target groups: local inhabitants, visitors and tourists and the local administrations.

The „Local Solution Model“ aims at an „Auto Protection Mechanism“ of the focal area by involving
the local inhabitants. „Biyo- Gökova’s“ main target lies in trying to found a new philosophy by uniting the area’s rural user, protector and biodiversity to a symbiosys inwhere the sides benefit of each other, protect each other and relate to each other. It’s main focus will be to create an alternative and sustainable utilization model together with the people who live there.

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