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SOGEP – Continuous Forest Improvement Project

Ekrem Egemen Taskiran


Geographic focus: Turkey / Istanbul and surrounding metropolitan area

Date completed: 2002

Turkey’s forests have been disappearing at an alarming rate and this trend threatens not only the nation’s timber industry but also producers of non-wood forest products such as nuts and mushrooms. Ekrem Egemen Taskiran, a high school student in Edremit, Turkey, mapped land use in the region surrounding the city of Istanbul. Ekrem described how human activities threaten forests within the study area and proposed several recommendations to protect them, including granting title to tracts of forested land to residents entrusted to care for them and distributing saplings free of charge to private landowners.

Topics / keywords: Deforestation; Land Use  

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