Welcome to the official webpage of the Turkey ESP national network. If you would like to visit this network’s discussion board, please click here (members only).
- Esra Başak, Project House Cooperative
- Nüket İpek Çetin, Gebze Technical University
- Can Vatandaşlar, Artvin Coruh University
- Armağan Karabulut Aloe, Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
The need for increased communication and collaboration among specialists and researchers interested in ecosystem services in Turkey led to a joint meeting held in Ankara in 2016. This meeting then led to the creation of an e-mail group and development of a database compiling researchers and their respective field of interest within ESs.
To date, a comprehensive national assessment of ecosystem services has not been conducted in Turkey. However, the ESP Turkey members conduct collaborative work in various ES assessments in a wide range of ecosystems (forests, steppes, wetlands, agro-ecosystems, marine and coastal ecosystems, urban) and the integration of ES approach into landscape planning and protected area management.
Turkey ESP National Network is still in its initial phase with steadily increasing numbers. If you are interested to join and help to further develop it, please contact the current lead team.
- Create a common ground for communication and collaboration of national experts interested in ESs.
- Maintain a database of researchers active in ESs studies.
- Trigger opportunities to engage in regional and international research initiatives and projects.
- Define and adapt the appropriate ES terminology in Turkey parallel to the accessible inter-disciplinary dynamics of the field.
- Act as a cohesive body that can be consulted regarding ES issues on different scales.
- Initiate research to better understand how ESs flows help maintain the biodiversity rich geography that is particular to Turkey and the social/environmental equity issues behind the supply and demand of these services’ trade-offs or imbalances in the country.
- Enhance cross-cutting academic research with other fields such as ecological economics, political ecology among others.
- Point out the vitality of ESs and their natural capital sustainability beyond the national sectoral economic success.
- Represent the outcomes of the group’s work in different national and international platforms.
If you are interested in becoming a member of this national network, please click here or contact the network’s lead team.