Time for forest and ecosystems services valuation in Turkey

01 Jul 2011

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Forest and Ecosystem Services Valuation and Externalities Conference, and Expert Workshop was organized by UNDP Turkey and İstanbul University Faculty of Forestry in İstanbul on 29 June 2011.

New Horizons - Conference started with Prof. Pere Reira’s, from Barcelona University, presentation on “Valuing Forest Externalities, Challenges and applications”, and continued with Dr. Güven Kaya, from Central Anatolia Forestry Research Institute, presentation entitled “A general review of valuation studies in Turkey”.

In “Case Studies” section of the Conference, two case studies were presented as a result of two different GEF funded projects implemented by UNDP.

First case study was on “Küre Mountains National Park Economic Valuation” conducted under “Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System in Turkey” project. The second one was “Economic Valuation of Posidonia oceanica” carried out within the framework of “Strengthening the system of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas of Turkey” project.

First case study was on “Küre Mountains National Park Economic Valuation” conducted under “Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System in Turkey” project. The second one was “Economic Valuation of Posidonia oceanica” carried out within the framework of “Strengthening the system of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas of Turkey” project.

The expert workshop, organized after the conference, resulted with a roadmap on how to improve Turkey’s national capacity on forest and ecosystem services valuation, and how to use this capacity for implementation.

For more details on GEF projects:

Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System in Turkey: http://www.kdmp.gov.tr/default-en.asp .

Strengthening the system of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas of Turkey: www.mpa.gov.tr