Sustainable tourism for Yenice Forests

01 Jun 2012

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The Yenice Forests which is one of the replication sites of the “Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System in Turkey” Project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented in the Küre Mountains National Park has become Turkey’s most important trekking routes as a result of recent efforts.

New Horizons - The Yenice Forests that harbor Turkey’s most important block forests is one of Turkey’s nine forest hotspots with its monumental trees, old growth forests, canyons, river ecosystems, and wildlife and species richness. 

As a part of activities for disseminating the experiences gained through the project, a workshop on “Developing Sustainable Tourism for Yenice Forests” was organized on 24-25 May 2012 in the Yenice district of Karabük province.

During the workshop that aimed the preparation of a road map for developing sustainable tourism in forest ecosystems in Yenice Forests setting out from the example in the Küre Mountains National Park; expert presentations were made, strengths and weaknesses for sustainable tourism in the region were identified, a list of actions were determined through effective discussions and a field visit was realized.

The workshop was attended by a total of 34 people including experts and officials from the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks and the General Directorate of Forestry at the central and local level, the Management Unit of the “Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System in Turkey” Project, representative of the Karabük University, officials from the Yenice District Governorate and Municipality as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations, a representative from the Central Union of Turkish Forestry Cooperatives and the chairman and members of forest cooperatives in the region.

Participants established a 25-year vision for the Yenice district and its forest: “A region recognized at the national and international level for its exemplary non-timber forest products and services, where forest integrity and wealth is conserved with increased quality of life for local communities’ and reduced migration rate, in which the problem of unemployment does not exist and infrastructure needs are eliminated.”

At the end of the workshop, priority activities of the Yenice Forests Sustainable Tourism Development Strategy preparation process for sustainable tourism practices that can bring additional financial revenues for local communities were identified and a draft road map was prepared.

For more information on Yenice district and its forests visit: www.yenice.gov.tr