It is critically important to identify this area as a “sea turtle nesting beach” to safeguard the sea turtles enabling a series of unique protective measures to be implemented and securing the ongoing support of volunteers. One significant expense is the lack of accommodations for the helpers.
The commitment of DER Touristik Foundation is therefore mainly aimed at expanding the information centre to create accommodation for the volunteers. Another focus is on regular environmental education programmes to raise awareness among the public at the information centre, such as the “turtle-friendly beach” workshop. The involvement of hotel partners, tourists, schools, associations, etc. not only aims to inform, but also to mobilise as many people as possible for joint actions such as beach clean-ups.
Our cooperation partner: DEKAFOK
Since 2020, this non-profit organisation has been working to contribute to the conservation of natural habitats on the Turkish Mediterranean coast through protection, education, and research. To this end, DEKAFOK works together with a team from the University in Akdeniz. DEKAFOK is an acronym composed of the Turkish names for sea turtle, Mediterranean seal and sand lily – all endangered species.