Local Stewardship for Kavakderesi River



PROJECT DURATION: September 2023-September 2024


The inhabitants of the Kavakderesi Basin use traditional production practices that increase carbon sequestration of the landscape and hence ensure a resilient socio-ecological community.

From the perspective of wildlife, the landscape is home to many birds (including numerous warbler species, falcons and eagles) protected internationally under the Bern Convention, mammals (i.e., foxes, wild boars, hedgehogs, and small rodents), and different reptile and amphibian species.

Although there is some awareness of how traditional practices benefit the land, it is not sufficient to conserve the ecosystem from upcoming threats. In addition, there is limited dialogue between the local inhabitants of the basin.

Currently, there is no documentation on biodiversity and biodiversity-friendly agricultural methods in the Kavakderesi Basin.



The project focuses on the preservation one of the last standing agrosilvopastoral systems of Bodrum Peninsula, Kavakderesi Basin. The project will increase the awareness and capacity of inhabitants and policymakers on the importance of the landscape, building up a local participatory governance model.

The project aims to create the basin as a socio-ecological landscape via local stewardship as a follow up to its first year’s activities on ground. The project will increase the dialogue and mutual understanding among inhabitants via a series of forums and focal workgroup meetings. It is hoped that the Governance Model will be a role model for other areas in Bodrum Peninsula.



  • Continuous dialogue with local people on ground
  • Planning activities for vision development
  • Engagement with Bodrum municipality through lobbying and advocacy activities.



  • Short Documentary Movie highlighting the wildlife habitat
  • A participatory vision paper with local engagement
  • Presentation of Biodiversity-friendly Production Methods.


Our grantee: Bodrum Classical Music Association, committed to inspire, educate, and empower individuals from all walks of life while incorporating sustainable practices into cultural activities and fostering a harmonious relationship between human activities and ecosystems.