SAD-AFAG Achievements

 

SAD-AFAG MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS in the CONSERVATION of

MEDITERREAN MONK SEAL and its HABITAT in TURKEY

 Establishment: 1987    Coverage Area: Turkish Black Sea, Sea of Marmara, Aegean Sea and Levant Sea

1- Oil Spill Clean-up of Monk Seal Habitat at Çavuş Island, Bodrum (1997)

 

2- Regulation of Ships Navigation in Favour of Marine Ecosystems Proposed and Approved (2001)

 

3- Küdür Peninsula Declared as Protected Area, Bodrum, SW Turkey (1999)

 

4- Protection of natural coastal habitats – Datça Peninsula

 

5- Turkish Government Pledges 5 New Protected Areas for the Monk Seal

 

6- Long-term Efforts for the Conservation of Monk Seal in Turkey

 

7- Foça SEPA Zone Enlargement Proposed & Succeeded

 

8- NGOs unite against downgrading of natural areas – Alaçatı case

 

9- Patrolling and monitoring of Foça Special Protected Area (1992-2006)

 

10- Siren Rocks Closed to Tourist Activities In Order To Reduce Human Pressure in Favour of Monk Seals, Foça Islands, İzmir (1999)

 

11- Dive Times and Periods of Free-ranging Monk Seals Discovered (2001)

 

12- Foça Pilot Project managed by SAD-AFAG presented as one of the best examples of conservation efforts in Türkiye by the Turkish Ministry of Environment In Johannesburg, 2nd World Environment Summit (2002)

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13- Rescue, Rehab and Release of Monk Seal Badem Back to Nature (2007)

 

14- Rescue and Unite of Monk Seal Pup with the Mother in Mersin, Aydıncık (2010)

 

15- Rescue, Rehab and Release of monk seals Dilara & Tina back to nature (2011)

 

16- National Action Plan for the Conservation of Monk Seal Monachus monachus in Turkey; RAC/SPA and Turkish Ministry of Forest DG National Parks & Nature Protection and SAD-AFAG

 

17- Turkey’s Initial No Fishing Zones Established in Bozyazi (Mersin), Mordoğan (İzmir) and Gökova Bay SEPA (Muğla) (1999, 2002, 2004 and 2010)

 

18- Habitat Destruction in Karaburun Peninsula Avoided by Creating an Alternative Proposal

 

19- Prevention of Disturbance to Monk Seals by Cave Divers (1991 and 2016)

 

20- Defence of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) Along Turkish Coasts

 

21- AFBİKA Monk Seal Information and Rescue Network (2003-….)

 

22- SAD-AFAG has taken active stakeholder role in designing and developing “Foça SEPA Management Plan” under the coordination of DG TVK (Ministry of Environment) in 2017.

 

23- Membership to Committee on Marine Mammals Bycatch and Consultancy and Reporting on Monk Seal Bycatch to DG Fisheries & Aqua Products (DG BSGM) (2020-….)

 

24- Membership to the Scientific Committee of the Ministry of Environment & Urbanization. Consultancy and Reporting to the Minister (DG TVK) (2020-….)

 

25- Membership to National Monk Seal Committee. Consultancy and Reporting on the Status and Threats on Monk Seals in Turkish Waters to DG Nature Protection & National Parks (DG DKMP) (1991-….)

 

26- Cataloging Identified Monk Seals in Turkey (1987-2021)

 

27- Monk Seals in Marmara Sea Discovered and Coal Thermal Power Plant Project Stopped (2018)

 

28- Cave Monitoring and Monk Seal Identification Completed in İzmir Bay and Fethiye Bay (2019-2020)

 

29- SAD-AFAG Given Place in the Environmental History Mile-stones by National Geographic Turkey (2020)

 

30- Nature Conservation & Advocacy 101 Lecture designed and implemented in collaboration among Nature Society DD and SAD (2021)

 

31- Numerous Scientific and Popular Articles published and disseminated (1988-2021)

 

AWARDS on the CONSERVATION of MEDITERRANEAN MONK SEALS

  1. 1997 Oil Pollution Clean-Up Operation to Save Monk Seal Habitats in Gümüşlük, Bodrum, SW Turkey by Henry Ford Eurpean Conservation Awards – National Award 2nd Prize
  2. 1998 Foça Pilot Project, Foça, İzmir, W Turkey by Henry Ford Eurpean Conservation Awards – National Award 1st Prize
  3. 1998 Foça Pilot Project, Foça, İzmir, W Turkey by Henry Ford Eurpean Conservation Awards – Grand Prix European Award 1st Prize
  4. 2007 Marine and Coastal Conservation Actions by Lord Baden Foundation – Nature Conservation Award
  5. 2008 Rescue and Rehabilitation of Orphan Monk Seal “Badem” by WWF Turkey – Panda National Award
  6. 2008 Rescue and Rehabilitation of Monk Seal “Badem” by Lloyd’s List and Turkish Shipping Industry – Appreciation Award
  7. 2019-2020 Effective Project Implementation “Defence and Protection of Key Biodiversity Areas Along Turkish Coasts” by UNDP GEF-SGP Annual Monitoring Report 2019-2020 (page 9)