Project purpose

Main objective of Ekodiyalog project is to increase participation of civil society in decision taking and policy making processes on ecotourism through defining sustainable cooperation and mutual consultancy processes between NGOs and public sector and through establishing a lasting cooperation mechanism between civil society and public sector.

Ekodiyalog project Endeavour’s to fulfill specific objectives defined below for the achievement of project goal defined above:

  • to increase ecotourism, nature and environment protection and conservation information and awareness levels  of tourism establishments, local tourism guides within the  borders of Ayder Prairie and Fırtına Valley and Kaçkar Mountain Range National Park,
  • to establish communication networks between local population, regional public sector organizations and instititutions, local civil society organizations, local tourist guides working actively on ecotourism or which has a potential to do in order to encourage cooperation or to increase information sharing capacity,
  • to form and establish a lasting regional consulting board to bring together civil society, private sector and public sector working in the field of ecotourism, to define necessary processes and procedures for cooperation and consultancy,
  • to define and establish right codes of conduct with regard to ecotourism and environment, to propose and develop practices that will promote sustainability of natural resources,
  • to develop mechanisms and structures that encourage civil society participation in decision taking and policy making processes so that codes of conduct defined with regard to ecotourism and environment can be incorporated into regional development plans and strategic plans,
  • to develop educational programs and materials that could be replicated in other provinces and regions as well as for informing local stakeholders and visitors,
  • to instill environmental consciousness in local population so that wild life, natural habitats, ecosystems and natural resources and natural organisms are not harmed during ecotourism applications
  • Determination of the strong/superior aspects of the touristic enterprises which are located within Ayder Prairie and Fırtına Valley and Kaçkar Mountain Range National Park,
  • Determination of the threats and dangers which the tourism in the region face,