Sweetgum Forests of Mugla Region has been our concern as this endemic forest has an important conservation value. As YADA Foundation and our partner Nature Conservation Centre we have been working towards this target with your generous support, now more than a year.
Our key volunteer Okan Ürker, who is one of unique experts of the Sweetgums and Köycegiz region has been carrying out a historical research in the region aiming at the define the state of the forests throughout the last century. The research is focused on defining the use and importance of Sweetgum oil in trade and daily life of the people as well as the changes in the ownership of the forest lands. We believe, these in depth study will help identifying the historical patterns of forest shrinking. And moreover, deliver some tools for conservation today. The key findings of the study will reveal in 2013.
On the other hand, we are trying to get the attention of private sector to the Sweetgum Forest issue. Our aim is to obtain further support from corporations and to strengthen our current plantation and conservation efforts.
We are thankful for your generous donation to our project to conserve the sweetgum forests in Turkey.
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