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This case study is the fruit of a close collaboration between the staff of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Turkish Ministry of the Environment and Forestry, with both making important contributions.

Special thanks to Mr. Dominique Reeb, who encouraged me to write this case study, and to the FAO for its financial support of this survey. Appreciation is also extended to Dr. Ahmet Şenyaz, the head of Research and Development at the Environment and Forestry Ministry, for his guidance and support.

I would also like to thank Mr. Nadir Doumandji, the FAO’s representative in Turkey, as well as Mr. İrfan Babayiğit, deputy regional director of forests, and Enis Irmak, the district director of forests, and finally Mr. Ali Türk, the sub-district director of forests, for their contributions to this study during my fieldwork.

Dr. Melekber Sülüşoğlu

Ankara, Turkey, March 2004

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