The Dilemma of Species Protection in Action

Demirbaş Çağlayan, Semiha
Bilgin, Cemal Can
Species action plans (SAPs) can be effective tools in nature conservation. These guideline documents inform the status and threats of species and their habitats, and they identify and prioritize actions to enhance the species populations. They both disseminate and make use of useful relevant information by involving local stakeholders, natural resource managers, conservationists and decision makers. The Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs aims to complete 100 SAPs between 2013 and 2023. Until mid 2018, 41 SAPs were concluded successfully and the final reports are available online. SAPs were conducted so far was evaluated considering the taxonomic groups and selection procedures followed. The effectiveness of 41 SAPs were analyzed by analyzing presence, appropriateness or accuracy of elements expected to be a part of SAP documents, with a particular emphasis on monitoring plans. Overall, the species selection process does not 5th Ecology and Evolutıonary Bıology Symposıum 18 -20 July 2018, İzmir Turkey 64 appear to be based on clearly defined criteria or a transparent process. Rare plants in steppe ecosystems are the most studied species group. Among 41 SAPs, only two SAPs present well-articulated objectives and indicator support. Moreover, only half of the SAPs evaluated based on a detailed a monitoring activity. SAPs can be instrumental in species conservation since they are approved by government authorities. However, this wellintentioned attempt may not serve its purpose if they do not follow well-defined standards, or if they fail to be based on all available research and expertise
5. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium, (18 - 20 Temmuz 2018)


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S. Demirbaş Çağlayan and C. C. Bilgin, “The Dilemma of Species Protection in Action,” presented at the 5. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium, (18 - 20 Temmuz 2018), İzmir, Türkiye, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: