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Significance of Model Forest Stakeholders in the Management of Sustainable Forest Resources: The Case of Yalova Model Forest, Turkey

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Department of Forestry Economics, Istanbul University-Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Forestry, Istanbul, Turkey

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General Directorate of Forestry Turkey, Marmara Forestry Research Institute, İstanbul, Turkey

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Division of Forestry, Program of Forestry and Forest Products, Gümüşhane University Gümüşhane Vocational School, Gümüşhane, Turkey

FORESTIST 2024; 74: 74-83
DOI: 10.5152/forestist.2024.23020
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Success of model forests, which are organized to support sustainable management of forests in collaboration with environmental, social, and economic forces on forest-based large territories, depends on the development of civil society index dimensions de"ned as “stakeholder participation,” “organizational structure,” “environment,” “values,” and “impact.” In this study, which was carried out within the scope of Yalova Model Forest, situation analysis strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis was used as a method. Literature and o'cial documents, expert opinions on “stakeholder engagement,” and data obtained through a 30-question survey were used as material. In this study, “historical development,” “legal regulations,” “activities” of Yalova Model Forest and weaknesses, strengths, opportunities, threats of civil society index and strategies pertaining to them were determined. Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis was conducted by forming four separate focus groups for four dimensions of the Yalova Model Forest civil society index. According to the results of this study, the stakeholder participation dimension was concluded to be exceedingly inadequate. This is evidenced by advocate stakeholders’ insu'cient participation rates in activities, absence of adverse stakeholders in this reconciliation platform, and the fact that 99% of dormant–indi(erent stakeholders are unaware of this organization’s existence. Therefore, stakeholder participation dimension should be strengthened and the strategic plans that will be implemented should be prepared with the participation of stakeholders. Otherwise, Yalova Model Forest’s existence, as a civil society organization, will be jeopardized. However, active advocate stakeholders’ enthusiasm about resolving problems is reassuring for the future of Yalova Model Forest.

Cite this article as: Bekiroğlu, S., Özdemir, M., Özyürek, E., & Çakır, G. (2024). Signi"cance of model forest stakeholders in the management of sustainable forest resources: The case of Yalova model forest, Turkey. Forestist, 74(1), 74-83.

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