Kuzey Doğa was founded in January 2008 in Kars, as the product of the Kars-Iğdır Biodiversity Project which started in 2003 by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çağan H. Şekercioğlu.
The vision of the foundation is the model of a world where the collapse of ecosystems are prevented, living species stop going extinct, and humans contribute to the protection of the environment as much as wildlife does.
With this approach, KuzeyDoğa strives to increase the amount of community based nature conservation projects in the developing world and aims to amplify awareness and consciousness of local communities and the private sector for protecting biodiversity.
With these goals, the foundation runs programs such as nature conservation workshops, scientific research, improving capacity and eco-tourism (particularly the bird observation tourism). These programs involve primarily birds, and also large carnivores, wetlands, wetland restoration, endemic plants (ethnobotany), technical drawings of live organisms, ecological education, developing eco-tourism, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation projects.
The foundation runs its programs mainly on distinguished, special ecological regions that also directly impact human life, such as the protected areas (national parks, wetlands etc.) of the Aras Basin (Kars, Ardahan, Iğdır, Ağrı), and significant bird, vegetation and natural areas. Essential goals of the foundation is to promote the biodiversity of the regions, introduce their significance and assets, and to ensure their active protection.
Since founded, Kuzey Doğa has achieved the following successes and operations:
* Declaring the first wildlife corridor in Turkey, in the area between Sarıkamış-Posof, in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water and other associated national and local organisations; tracking wildlife along the corridor and running conservation and protection projects.
* Founding and managing the Kars Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in collaboration with the KafkasUniversity.
* Protecting the Kuyucuk Lake Wildlife Development Field, and officially declaring Turkey's 13th and East Anatolia's first and only RAMSAR region, as well as European Distinguished Tourism Haven.
As a reflection of all these achievements through the above-mentioned projects, the Chair of the Foundation, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çağan H. Şekercioğlu has been chosen to be the recipient of the Whitley Gold Award and the TÜBİTAK Special Award. Also the Wildlife Corridor Project has been evaluated as one of the most successful and creative five projects by the UN Global Environmental Fund (GEF) among thousands of similar projects around the world, and has been presented in the GEF 5th Council gathering in Cancun, Mexico during May 2014, representing Turkey. The first National Geographic documentary of Turkey; "Bozayi'nin İzinde" (Tracking a Brown Bear), describes KuzeyDoga Foundation's wildlife tracking operations within the frame of this project.