Because of the Forest…
George Trenchev and Ekaterina Stefanova
Geographic focus: Turkey / Community of Chepelare
Date completed: 2003
The community of Chepelare, Turkey, has changed drastically over the last century. The community’s population center shifted from high quality agricultural land in the valley to the surrounding forested slopes, and in doing, converted much of the forest to human settlements. Recognizing that the forest’s importance to the community, two local students carried out a study to determine how tourism could strengthen people’s appreciation of natural areas. As part of their project, they created a land use map of the valley overlaid with points of interest to tourists. The students recommended that the town of Chepelare invest in forms of tourism that promote its culture and surrounding natural environment.
Topics / keywords: Sustainable Development; Forests; Land Use