Turkey’s stork colony creates tourism opportunities

Published on : Friday, February 10, 2017

Turkey’s stork colonyIn Turkey, one of the biggest stork colonies is located in the central Konya province’s Beyşehir district. This is an area where large number of storks lives for long periods. This area is known as the Valley of Storks and is a migration and breeding area.


A grant will be provided by the United Nations for development of this area. Under this project, there is a plan for increase of storks that come, feed and reproduce in the region.


Sezer Gökdal, the general secretary of the Natural Balance Ecological Living Production and Education Association, and the project coordinator said ecotourism opportunities in the region will be developed and local municipality, state institutions and civil initiatives will offer their services for maintaining the sustainability of the project.


Educational programs and employment for both women and young people are expected to be generated in the region. Efforts will be initiated for increasing the number of storks in the area and rescue the storks from dying. An observation house will be built to watch over the birds.

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