Landscape changes and reclamation proposals for Çukurova delta wetland ecosystems

Altan, T., M. Artar & M. Atik, 2005, Landscape changes and reclamation proposals for Çukurova delta wetland ecosystems, in: ECLAS (D. Oguz), ‘Landscape change’, Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Agriculture Ankara University, Ankara

  • Author : Altan, T., M. Artar & M. Atik
  • Year : 2005
  • Published in Book : Landscape change
  • Pages : 211-221
  • Abstract in English : Land use changes are driven forces of land degradation in coastal areas and particularly threading effects on biodiversity which consequently end up with landscape changes. Çukurova Delta is an ecologically important wetland and coastal ecosystem which is formed by alluvial sedimentation carried by Berdan, Seyhan and Ceyhan rivers. It contains complete coastal habitats still carrying natural features within approximate length of 110 km of beaches, sand dunes, dune slacks, lagoons and wetlands. Human activities based mostly on agricultural purposes which accelerated after 1950’s have deep impact on destruction of natural areas along the region. Important wetland ecosystems were determined in Çukurova Delta throughout the European Union Life Project “Çukurova Delta Biosphere Reserve: Determination of Biological Diversity and Initiating a Program for Sustainable Development” and relatively landscape changes assessed on biotopes levels in respect to natural potential and biodiversity. Biotope mapping within the whole delta according to a biotope type key on base of EU-FFH Directives was carried out and major important habitats, land use patterns threatening those habitats and degeneration classifications have been found out which gave us the final outlook for conservation zoning. In this paper we will discuss regeneration and degeneration potential of important biotope types and nature conservation proposals for “Core” and “Buffer” zones of planned Biosphere Reserve in terms of landscape change and reclamation proposals for nature conservation.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: Çukurova delta, biosphere reserve, biotope mapping, degeneration, regeneration. / Eclas 2005