Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground.
Her current role as Communications Officer (Business & Biodiversity) has allowed her to focus her energy towards FFI's innovative Business & Biodiversity Programme. Rebecca helps to get the message out about FFI's strategic corporate partnerships and what they have helped to achieve for global biodiversity.
FFI is proud that its work documenting Turkey’s most botanically rich areas has now been published.
Turkey’s first ever book on Important Plant Areas (IPAs) has recently been published in English. The book was first published in Turkish and is the result of the collaboration between many organisations including FFI and WWF.
Turkey is home to nearly 9,000 species of plant; amazingly over 3,000 are found nowhere else in the world. This book is a vital inventory of the country’s 122 key botanically rich sites, from forest to steppe to montane habitats.
In the early 2000s FFI and the Turkish Society for the Conservation of Nature (DHKD) led the collation of data on IPAs which underpins this book, with vital support from WWF.
This book is a fundamental building block for effective protection of Turkey’s threatened botanical diversity. Conservationists in Turkey can now use the book to guide their vital work.
“Fauna & Flora International is happy to have been involved with the development of this book, which is arguably one of the best inventories done anywhere on Earth,“ said Mark Rose, CEO of FFI in the preface of the book.
“The collaboration between scientists, conservation organisations and Turkey’s universities has been inspiring and I look forward to this first Important Plant Area book being used as a template to develop other tools to protect plants and habitats across the world.”
To order an English or Turkish version of the book, email [email protected] or phone +90 (0)212 528 20 30.
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