Butterflies in Turkey

Butterfly Conservation in turkey

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The project “Butterfly Conservation in Turkey” aimed at establishing and developing the basis for the active conservation of Turkey’s butterflies. The project had to start almost from zero and accomplish the first basic steps for the further development of the concept for conservation of a particular group – the butterflies of Turkey. So far, the project achieved this main goal and we are proud to share some of the results, the project outputs, the experiences and the lessons learned in this challenging process.

The project finished delivering a Red Book of the Butterflies in Turkey and a National Butterfly Conservation Strategy for Turkey with an initial list of the Prime Butterfly Areas in Turkey. The Red List has been published in Turkish and English. You can download an English pdf here. The Butterfly Conservation Strategy (in Turkish with an English summary) presents the priority areas for butterfly conservation (the core set of Prime Butterfly Areas), the principal threats and the conservation actions needed to conserve butterflies throughout Turkey. More information is available in the documents attached. For a glimpse of the beauty of Turkey’s nature and the richness of its butterfly fauna, see this amazing brochure. Please have a look also at the website of our partner organization DKM in Ankara.


Red List Workshop in Ankara: difficult decisions have to be made and an international team of specialists helps with the fine-tuning of the final list.

At work on the Red Book in the office of DKM