Mediterranean is the oldes sea which has been known. It means “sea in the middle of the earth”. Humanity has founded the modern society along the Mediterranean coasts where have presented the biological richness for throusand years on which those foundations have been built.
First theatres of the world, foundations of the modern society and democrasy have emerged along those coasts. Mediterranean has been the only one which has been subject to so severe human pressure for 2200 years. Many threats including overfishing, coastal development, destruction of wild life, pollution, invasive species, and climate change has transformed the historical biological richness of the Mediterranean. Mediterranean is under siege! Mediterranean Conservation Society has set off to conserve the nature sites of the ecosystem and to improve the degragaded sites. Mediterranean Conservation Society aims to be an important part of the global conservation action and supports other current activities. It is not likely that one single organization can save the world so Mediterranean Conservation Society places a lot of importance on any kind of constructive cooperation heading the same vision with AKD Mediterranean Conservation Society, sets ‘number and area of marine protected areas’ as one of its main action areas. The ratio of no take zones in Mediterranean is currently less than 1%. AKD believes that this ratio should be 20% overall Mediterranean to restore the sustainable biological richness of Mediterranean.
ACTION METHOD OF AKD
Understanding the value of marine and terrestrial environment and thinking of a sustainable development is a must for future generations to benefit the services that the nature provides. Conservation activities face problems all over the world. Mediterranean Conservation Society adopts the below principles during their actions: Science: Science is the major guide to our acvities . We analyse the values we have and the source of the problems and develop solutions. Making scientific studies and following global studies is leading principle of AKD. Communication: Human being is the most important part of the ecosystem. AKD consider the importance of the communication with local communities, livelihoods of whom are directly dependent on Mediterrenean and who are a par of it within the context of AKD’s activities.Support and willingness of local communities in conservation matters. AKD places importance on the traditional knowledge which has transformed and transferred through generations and communication to understand the human-nature interaction and communities problems recognizing local community is part of the Mediterrenean culture. Cooperation: Each single corporation and each single individual might contribute to the activities in their own way. Cooperation and co-study is the major principle of AKD. We aim to share the efforts and success with all stakeholders including from fishermen to academicians and from local to global. Relations with government bodies: it is a must that the sustainable conservation and rehabilitation solutions are adopted as governmet policy to keep the change permanent. AKD is in contact with local and central officers of state throughout its activities. We create environments for interaction of state officials with all other stakeholders and produce common solutions as to influence laws.
2012 Marsh Award, England
2013 Whitley Award, England
2014 UNDP Equator Prize, The United States
2017 Whitley Gold Award, England