Yaşama Dair Vakıf (YADA Foundation)

YADA was established in 2005, by a group of social scientists and project managers. YADA aims to produce knowledge regarding the different aspects of social life and convert this knowledge into sustainable and applicable projects. YADA's basic mission is to design and carry out projects to bridge the gap between "theory" and "daily life". YADA designs and conducts research, implementation and monitoring-evaluation projects in diverse fields of activity including civil society, environment, youth, active living, development and agriculture, corporate social responsibility, etc. In all studies it conducts or takes part in, YADA adopts a comprehensive approach that takes i...
Nov 1, 2012

Autumn Report

Icebreaker at the SGF Mtg
Icebreaker at the SGF Mtg

As YADA foundation and our project partner Nature Conservation Centre, we have been working on the conservation of 1000 Hectares of the Mugla Sweetgum Forest and this is made possible with your generous support.

 

During the last months there have been several developments regarding the Sweetgum Forests. Firstly, our advisor for the project, Okan Ürker, has participated in a important meeting in Armenia organized by Rufford SGF and Young Biologists Association (YBA Armenia). Mr. Ürker has presented the status, concerns and activities we are undertaking for Sweetgums in order to increase the profile of our actions and disseminate our experience to a wider community. The participants of the meeting agree to initiate the Borderless Conservation Network in order to maximize conservation efforts in the region. Some photos from the meeting are attached to the report.

 

Although we have been working in the Köycegiz region for sweetgums, where the species has its highest distribution, sweetgums are also present in other parts of the Mugla province. Our partner Nature Conservation Centre has been granted by GEF Small Grants Program to undertake research and conservation actions towards sweetgums in these regions. This new project is starting in November 2012 and will last 12 months. With this project we will have the opportunity to work on protecting the sweetgums in a broader region and with a broader approach. This new project will ensure the integrity of our actions for conservation.


We are thankful for your generous donation to our project to conserve the sweetgum forests in Turkey.

 

Thank you.


Okan Urken presenting at the SGF Mtg
Okan Urken presenting at the SGF Mtg
The SGF group
The SGF group
SGF Activity
SGF Activity
Jul 31, 2012

Summer Report

Sociological Survey
Sociological Survey

YADA foundation and Nature Conservation CentER, have been overwhelmed by the generous support the Revive the 1000 Hectares of the Mugla Sweetgum Forest project has received in recent months. With your support we
are able to continue our work in Koycegiz Region for the conservation of Sweetgum trees.

We have been working on the social aspects of the Sweetgum conservation during the hot summer days. Local people used to subtract oil from this wonderful tree and it had a high commercial value. Upon degradation of the forest during the past decades this activity was also banned for the sake of the forest. Today, we are looking for sustainable methods to bring this custom to the region without giving any harm to the forest and increase the economy locally. For that aim, we have conducted a questioner in Koycegiz with the locals to understand the perspectives against Sweetgums. The results will be available at the end of the summer. Our aim is
to support sustainable living styles in the region.  

We are thankful for your generous donation to our project to conserve the sweetgum forests in Turkey.

I am sharing two photos from conversations held with locals during questioners, and one picture of an oil team from the 1980s.

Thank you.







 



Sociological Survey 2
Sociological Survey 2
sweetgum oil team from the 1980s
sweetgum oil team from the 1980s
May 1, 2012

Spring Report

We, at YADA foundation along with our project partners Nature Conservation Centre, have been overwhelmed by the generous support the Revive the 1000 Hectares of the Mugla Sweetgum Forest project has received in recent
months. With just over $3,000 left to raise towards our $7,500 goal, we are well on our way to making a impact in the preservation of the Mugla Sweetgum forest, the only sweetgum forest in the world.

Our current activities are focused on environmental education, tree planting preparations, and livelihood activities that shift dependence from forest resources. Slowly, by raising awareness and conducting hands on activities with the local community, we make headway on regrowing a portion of the sweetgum forest and saving it for future generations.

Since the beginning of our work, in collaboration with the Ministry of Forestry and Water, we have reforested over 32 acres of forest, with an extremely high seedling survival rate of 70%!  Our corridor program works to return the health of the vastly-reduced sweetgum forest to a larger area, one tree planted, saves five more.

Thank you for so generously donating to this project to conserve the sweetgum forest. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received and are grateful for this opportunity to partner with GlobalGiving to mobilize a network of people who so passionately care about the future of the earth and the people who call it home.

I will leave you withpictures from a Student excursion: