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Local Knowledge on Tree Health in Forest Villages in Turkey

  • Akile Gürsoy
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Abstract

This chapter explores forest villagers’ perceptions of tree health in Turkey compared to scientific views and the attitudes of the central forestry administration and the national laws and regulations on forests. The findings from an anthropological study (2014–2017) suggest that the value attributed to a tree and consequently the concerns over its health very much depend on the economic and cultural relationship that an individual has with the tree, whether it is a tree in the garden, the orchard, the forest or a certified monumental tree. Unresolved controversies over the villagers’ perceptions and understanding of tree health and disease versus scientific views and explanations call for participatory dialogues for the benefit of trees and forests.

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Acknowledgements

The research reported in this chapter was produced as a social sciences research project, entitled “Social anthropological research on forest villages in Turkey”, sponsored by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) (Grant Number SOBAG-1001–114K125).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akile Gürsoy
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  1. 1.Sociology Department, Faculty of Sciences and LettersBeykent University, Avalon CampusİstanbulTurkey

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