CREATING PEACE PARK BETWEEN TURKEY AND GEORGIA

Abstract

Author(s): Sahar POUYA Ba?ak DEMIRE? ├ľZKUL

Political borders have been associated with various ecological issues such as biodiversity reduction and landscape fragmentation. The subject of border land conservation has been focusing on these problems. The concept of ?Peace Park? or ?Transboundary Conservation Area? (TBCA) falls under this subject heading. Turkey shares a large valley known as Machakhela, with Georgia. The valley has a unique ecosystem, with precious biodiversity and rich historical and cultural values. This area is covered by various management strategies by the two bordering countries. Even though the idea of cooperation between Turkey and Georgia for the protection of the valley has been discussed for a long time, there is limited research on the subject and a thorough evaluation has not been performed. This article explores the creation of an international peace park that spans the borders of the two countries. It analyzes the current situation based on available reports and documentation. Biological, socio?economic and planning topics are considered for both Turkey and Georgia. The paper discusses the challenges fo

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