Over 100,000 plants of bulbous plant species (Galanthus x valentinei, Lilium martagon, and Nectaroscordum siculum subsp. bulgaricum) have been moved to suitable areas outside the project site, and it has been found out, in consequence of a three-year monitoring study, that the works are successful with 100% efficiency.
Over 25,000 seeds of endemic and rare flowering plant species (Centaurea hermannii, Cirsium polycephalum, Lathyrus undulatus, Euphorbia amygdaloides subsp. robbiae, Ferulago confusa) were collected and delivered to Ankara Seed Gene Bank where they are under protection now.
For the first time in Turkey an Off-Situ Dune Protection Project was carried out with the collaboration of IGA and Ali Nihat Gokyigit (ANG) Foundation – Nezahat Gokyigit Botanical Garden (NGBB) within the scope of the protocol between IGA and the ANG Foundation. The Agaclı Sand Dunes located 1km east of the Istanbul New Airport project boundary are vulnerable to being affected to other projects’ construction activities. Therefore, in 2016, more than 15 and 5 being endemic plants were transported to NGBB with 48 trucks of sand. The two-year scientific surveillance studies for the continuity of the sand island and the sand plant carried out to the garden were started in 2017 and the aim is to develop protection methods in the direction of the obtained findings.
Within the scope of Plant Conservation Projects, the joint works are underway with TAGEM - Istanbul Vegetation Biodiversity and Geofit Research Center, Ataturk Arboretum, and Nezahat Gokyigit Botanical Garden.