Ecological networks as a new approach for nature conservation in Turkey: A case study of Izmir Province


HEPCAN Ş. , HEPCAN Ç. , BOUWMA I. M. , JONGMAN R. H. G. , Oezkan M. B.

LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING, cilt.90, ss.143-154, 2009 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

Özet

This paper aims to identify and evaluate a potential ecological network including core areas and large-scale corridors in the Izmir Province and its surrounding areas, Turkey. it is one of the first studies on the connectivity for mammal species and the detection of potential ecological corridors for Turkey. Four wide-ranging species (Hyaena hyaena, Lynx lynx, Caracal caracal, and Felis chaus) have been chosen as target species. Existing Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and surrounding lands have been evaluated based on a three criteria: (1) vegetation/habitat types, (2) carrying capacity and (3) road density using simple GIS-based models.