Türkiye is a country of diverse landscapes, cultures, and histories, but it also faces challenges related to marginalisation and inequality. Its marginalised regions often struggle with issues such as poverty, limited infrastructure, inadequate healthcare, and educational disparities. The southeastern part of Turkey, for instance, has faced longstanding challenges due to a combination of historical, social, and political factors. The predominantly Kurdish population in this region has experienced periods of tension and conflict, impacting their socio-economic well-being. Similarly, the eastern Anatolia region has also faced challenges including a lack of robust infrastructure, economic underdevelopment, and restricted access to essential services.

While progress has been made, there is still much work to be done to ensure that all regions of Türkiye can thrive and contribute to the country's overall development. By acknowledging and addressing the unique needs and challenges of its marginalised regions, Türkiye can move closer to achieving a more inclusive and prosperous future for all its citizens.

Connecting Europe and Asia since 480 B.C.: MARGISTAR Explores the Republic of Türkiye

Connecting the Anatolian Peninsula in western Asia and the Balkan Peninsula in southeast Europe, the Republic of Türkiye has been the bridge between Europe and Asia for over 2,500 years. The country is renowned for its cuisine, rich cultural heritage, intricate architecture, and varied landscapes. Although it spans across an area of 783,356 square kilometres, making it the world’s 36th largest country, Türkiye is only the 107th most inhabited country worldwide. In this blog, we will provide an overview of Türkiye’s topography, geology, and the marginalisation challenges the inhabitants of its mountainous regions face.

Unearthing the Threat: Erosion’s Toll on the Mountainous Areas of Türkiye

Communities in Türkiye's remote mountainous regions grapple with a myriad of environmental, economic, and social challenges. Among these challenges, erosion stands out as a significant concern. This blog provides and overview of the erosion challenges in Türkiye's mountainous regions and illustrates how soil erosion and flooding caused by deforestation can be counteracted by public intervention by reference to the “Erosion Control Project” for the Çakıt Stream Watershed in southern Türkiye.


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Meet MARGISTAR's Turkish Members

Dr. Yaşar Selman Gültekin

Researcher at Düzce University

Yaşar has been a researcher at Düzce University since 2005 and is now an associate professor. He earned his PhD in forest economics at Düzce University, Natural Science Institute Forest Engineering, in 2015. His research focuses on forest economics, stakeholder analysis, participation, ecotourism, and structural equation modelling.

Dr. Pınar Gültekin

Associate Professor at Düzce University

Pinar is an Associate professor in Landscape Architecture Department at Düzce University

Mrs Yildiz Bahceci̇ Ozturk

Research Assistant at Düzce Üniversity

Yildiz is a Research Assistant at Faculty of Forestry in Düzce Üniversity

Dr. Murat Sarginci

Assistant Professor at Düzce Üniversity

Murat is an Assistant Professor Doctor at Soil Science and Ecology Department in Forest Engineering Department in Faculty of Forestry.

Dr. Can Vatandaşlar

Assistant Professor at Artvin Çoruh University

Can is an Assistant Professor of Forest Management at Artvin Coruh University Faculty of Forestry (Turkey). He is currently conducting postdoctoral research on the sustainability aspects of the US and Turkey’s forest plans. Other research interests include LiDAR-based forest inventories, characterization of regulating ecosystem services, and forest cover mapping. He has experience in national and international research projects as a researcher and financial manager.

Dr. Hazan Alkan Akinci

Associate Professor Professor at Artvin Çoruh University

Hazan is an associate professor at Forest Entomology and Protection Department at Faculty of Forestry.

Mrs. Sude Gül Yel

Lecturer at Artvin Çoruh Üniversity

Sude works as a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning and Land Registration at Artvin Vocation School. Sude also has published the paper "Determination of Areas That Can Be Opened to Ecotourism in Göksu Delta Special Environmental Protection Area".

Dr. Mehmet Özalp

Assistant Professor at Artvin Çoruh Üniversity

Mehmet has a variety of publications around the topics of Soil, Environment, Water Quality Soil and Water Conservation, Soil Erosion, Soil Physics, Water Resources Management, Watershed Hydrology, Land Degradation and Drought.

Dr. Parisa Göker

Associate Professor at Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University

Parisa is an Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture

Dr. Tamer Albayrak

Head of the Zoology Department and Lab of Ornithology at Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University

Tamer's professional interests include evolutionary biology, molecular and morphological evolution, and host-parasite interactions including phylogeography and population genomics. He is head of the Zoology Department and Lab of Ornithology at Mehmet Akif Ersoy University.

Dr. Tuğba Deniz

Researcher at Istanbul University-Cerrahpaşa

She has been a researcher and lecturer at Istanbul University-Cerrahpaşa since 2002. Her interest areas are forest resources economics and valuation of ecosystem services.

Dr. Bülent Turgut

Associate Professor at Karadeniz Teknik Universitesi

As an Associate Professor, Bülent's primary research topics are Soil Analysis, Soil Science, Environment, Soil Erosion, Soil and Water Conservation, and Organic Matter.

Prof. Turgay Dindaroglu

Professor at Karadeniz Teknik Universitesi

Turgay researches the restoration of degraded forest ecosystems.

Dr. Murat Yilmaz

Researcher at Osmaniye Korkut Ata Universitesi

Murat is a researcher at Osmaniye Korkut Ata Universitesi. Some of his main research topics are photocatalysis and nanotechnology.

Dr. Zerrin Savaşan

Associate Professor at Selçuk Üniversity

Zerrin Savaşan is currently working as an Assoc. Prof. (Public International Law) in the Department of International Relations, Sub-department of International Law, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Selçuk University in Konya, Turkey.

Dr. Emine Keleş

Lecturer at Trakya University

Emine is a lecturer at Trakya University. She has researched major problems about membrane fouling in membrane bioreactors (MBRs) and the effect of foulant on membrane.

Dr. Enes Özgenç

Lecturer at Trakya Universitesi

A lecturer at Trakya University Health Services Vocational College, Enes has investigated the sustainability of nanopesticides and removal methods of priority contaminants in surface water resources.

Dr. Tugrul Yakupoglu

Professor at Yozgat Bozok University

Tugrul is a professot at Yozgat Bozok University. His main research interests are Soil and Water Storage and Management, Soil Erosion and Its Control, Soil Improvement (Physical, Chemical Or Biological), Watershed Management.