Vision and Mission

Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanik Bahçesi is a social initiative of the Ali Nihat Gökyiğit Foundation aimed at conserving biological diversity and informing the public on this subject.

Vision and Mission


That Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanik Bahçesi will become as famous as the legendary “Hanging Gardens of Babylon”.


The mission of the Botanic Garden is to create a beautiful educational Garden: a green lung for the city. Established to protect the environment in the name of the deceased Mrs. Nezahat Gökyiğit, the Botanic Garden also provides benefits for the people of Istanbul as follows:

By increasing public knowledge in relation to the importance and values of plants which are the only guarantee for sustaining life on earth.

By promoting scientific research and education relating to plant life worldwide and to the rich flora of Turkey by establishing well documented collections and providing a plant information centre. By protecting and supporting the biological diversity of the world, and in particular endemic, rare and threatened species of Turkey.

By investigating and demonstrating the connections and relationships between economic and/or useful plants for mankind and to preserve and spread the accumulated knowledge about Turkey’s cultural heritage.

By exhibiting xerophytic and halophytic plants that are resistant to the increasing threat of drought, thereby contributing towards the struggle against soil erosion and desertification throughout the world.

Our aims are:

To increase the visual attractiveness of NGBB by creating an amenity garden.

Education and presentation of information: To increase the knowledge, interest and awareness of the public about plants diversity and the environment and to improve research activities on plant systematics, botany, agriculture, ecology, the environment, landscaping and horticulture.

Plant Collections: To establish and exhibit living plant collections from Turkey and other parts of the world.

Conservation: To protect the threatened endemic, natural or cultivated plants of Turkey.

Consultation: To develop a reference library and herbarium and to establish a plant database for identification, classification and labelling.

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