This profile was prepared when Cagan Sekercioglu was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
The New Idea
Kuzey Doğa seeks to reverse this situation by building win-win models that use protected areas as assets, while respecting the needs of local communities and improving the role of government and private sector in conservation. Their Kars program has managed to create such a case for the province of Kars, where they built the capacity of the natural habitat and the local people to run a community-based conservation and ecotourism project. Today, Kars is on its way to become a key destination for biocultural tourism, receiving much interest as a model from Turkey and the world.