The 2nd session of the 2nd Bird, Mammal, and Herpetofauna Expert Group Workshop on Prioritization of Species Under Risk was held with intense participation and appraisement.

Within the framework of the ‘’Preparation, Implementation and Monitoring of Species Action Plans for Endangered Species in Turkey within the Concept of a New Methodology’’ Project, carried out by the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry with the financial support of the European Union Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II (IPAII), the 2nd workshop on birds, mammals and herpetofauna (reptiles & amphibians) and species groups from the series of workshops aiming to combine up-to-date information on the status of different taxonomic groups in Turkey with population, distribution, threat, and protection needs was held in Cappadocia on 7-10 September 2021.

In the workshop, the first of which was held online, the existing information was brought together and the species at risk of extinction in Turkey were identified. The aim of the 2nd Bird, Mammal and Herpetofauna (reptiles & amphibians) Expert Group Workshop is to establish a method that will enable the systematic selection of species to be included in the Species Action Plan in Turkey, together with leading experts in the field of birds, herpetofauna, mammal and nature conservation.

Over 100 attendees, including representatives of the central and local units of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation Association, and National Parks, as well as experts, specialists, and academicians experienced in birds, herpetofauna, mammal species and species protection on a national scale participated in the workshop organized within the scope of the project.

Within the 4-day workshop consisting of 3 groups the following species were assessed:

  • Mammal group with 94 species,
  • Herpetofauna group with 80 species,
  • and the bird group which was included in the agenda with 164 species.

All species groups were assessed within 7 evaluation categories.

In addition to the action plans to be developed for the priority species determined as a result of the workshop, it was decided to develop preventive activities in the later stages of the project regarding the species listed below.

In the workshops that will continue throughout the project, effective solutions for the protection of wild species will be sought and suggestions for their conservation will be designed. By informing the public about various conservation activities that are part of this project, the project is expected to achieve its main objectives.


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