This description of Cagan Sekercioglu's work was prepared when Cagan Sekercioglu was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
Çağan Şekercioğlu aims to prevent extinctions and consequent collapses of critical ecosystem processes while making sure that human communities benefit from conservation as much as the wildlife they help conserve. His non-profit organization Kuzey Do?a builds sustainable and replicable models that combine nature conservation, wildlife research, environmental education, capacity building and income generation activities. Based in Turkey’s North Eastern province Kars, Kuzey Do?a’s activities have already spread to three neighboring provinces and received international acclaim and interest from the developing world.
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