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Zero Extinction Fund

Turkey launches fund to halt biodiversity decline

Doga Dernegi (BirdLife in Turkey) has formed a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Forestry to establish a national fund to halt biodiversity decline.

The Turkish Zero Extinction Fund will carry out priority conservation actions in the 305 Key Biodiversity Areas identified by Doga Dernegi.

The official launch will take place on 4 June on CNN Turk, one of the main media sponsors of the campaign. CNN Turk will promote the fund and its ten highest priority projects through a series of television broadcasts. A number of fundraising initiatives will also be carried out including an internet-based auction of 18 Turkish artists’ paintings, whose profits will feed the fund.The projects that will benefit include: threatened orchid species conservation in Southern Turkey; the rediscovery of the Anatolian leopard; the conservation of the Sultansazlýðý wetlands; and the preservation of the country's last remaining Demoiselle Cranes and globally threatened Great Bustards.

"We are very pleased to launch the Turkish Zero Extinction Fund, one of the first national initiatives dedicated to halt biodiversity decline. Turkey, one of most biodiversity-rich countries in the world, has a global responsibility for halting species extinctions - a united goal of the contracting parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the European Union. We hope that this partnership will trigger larger support from the private sector for biodiversity conservation,” said Güven Eken, Doga Dernegi's Director General.

For more information see the Doga Dernegi web site or email Esra Basak, Campaign Officer.

The Turkish Zero Extinction Fund was funded by the Dutch Government and by the British and Dutch partners of BirdLife International, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Vogelbescherming Nederlands. Sponsorship was provided by CNN Turk and Atlas magazine, a prominent Turkish travel and geography magazine. Motorola was one of the first private sector enterprises in Turkey to invest in the fund.

4th July 2014