A comparative assessment of forest/green cover and the awareness of forestry district managers


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Celer E., SERENGİL Y., Ozkan U.

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, vol.195, no.4, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 195 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10661-023-11146-4
  • Journal Name: ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, ABI/INFORM, Aqualine, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Compendex, EMBASE, Environment Index, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, Geobase, Greenfile, MEDLINE, Pollution Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No

Abstract

Urban forests are becoming more critical as climate-induced disasters and disturbances tend to increase and affect cities. Forest managers are the responsible technical people on the ground to implement forestry-related climate policies. There is limited knowledge on the capacities of forest managers related to climate change issues. In this study, we surveyed 69 forest district managers of 28 provinces and compared their responses with actual data to understand their perceptions of urban green areas and climate change issues. We used a set of digital maps of the 1990-2015 period to identify land cover changes. To calculate the urban forest cover in the city centers, we used the city limit delineation shapefiles produced by the EU Copernicus program. We also employed the land consumption rate/population growth rate metric and a principle component analysis (PCA) to identify and discuss the provinces' land and forest cover changes. The results showed that forest district managers were aware of the general condition of the forests in their provinces. Still, there was a considerable inconsistency between actual land use changes (i.e., deforestation) and their responses. The study also revealed that the forest managers were aware of the increasing influence of climate change issues but were not knowledgeable enough to establish the connection between their tasks and climate change. We concluded that the national forestry policy should prioritize the urban-forest interaction and develop the capacities of district forest managers to improve the efficiency of climate policies on a regional scale.