Demre Kus Cenneti

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Name Kus Cenneti
Place Demre, Antalya Province
Country Turkey
Author(s) Ferhat Türkoglu
World Heritage if applicable,enter the year of listing


Why is this case relevant?

  • the place which is called 'Kus Cenneti' is a nature reserve since ancient times. Hidden in the southwest of turkey the paradise for birds is a part of the city Demre. The area itself belongs to the Antalya region and is one of the oldest parts of the country, right next to the mediterranian sea. The undoubting beauty of the area with its breathtaking landscape is also called the turkish riviera. The cultural background is as big as the story of the ancient greek itself. The greek citizens were watching, listening and made paintings of the birds settling in this paradise. The most fascinating fact is that this place is artificial. Ancient gardeners used the flood to provide a good irrigation. Over hundreds of years this place fused with the surroundings but never changed its shape. The turkish government even stopped the urban sprawl which was threatening this area and values now the heritage. Tourists are tolerated due to laws. They have a bride view but not an entrance to the bird paradise of Demre.

Which idea of ‘design with nature’ guides the design concept of this site?

  • The area is separated into a big lake, swamps and humid wetlands in the south and arid landscapes, riverscapes in the north. Everything summed up in 100 ha. Different plants are providing a wide range of birds. From big storks to little parakeets in the most beautiful colours the nature can offer us. Hidden spots for breeding grounds are everywhere around this reserve to avoid any outside effects. You can say the artificial concept is based on an organic interpretation. Through the lack of maintenance human kind would lose an acces to the lives of over 149 local birds and hundred different kind of migratory birds fom northern europe. Demre Bird Paradise is a part of the nature itself and shall never be highlighted from its origin.

Which challenges is this landscape facing?

  • Here you discuss the types of negative impact you are observing but you can also mention new functions that could give a development opportunity

What would be your strategy for improvement?

Finally, please share some ideas of how you would initiate positive change for your heritage area

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  • Author Year: Demre Kus Cenneti, Ferhat Türkoglu
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  • Website Year: 2018
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