The 6th International Conference On Monitoring And Management Of Visitors İn Recreational And Protected Areas, Stockholm, İsveç, 21 - 24 Ağustos 2012, cilt.1, ss.96-97
The population of Turkey has shown an increase of 4.1
million in the last four years. In this process, Istanbul had
the fastest growing population, with an 8.5 % growth rate.
Today, 18.2 % of Turkey’s population lives in Istanbul
(Turkstat, 2012). By transforming the city into a highly populated metropolitan area, open space requirements have
also increased. Due to lack of open space, inhabitants of the
city head towards the forests to meet their recreational demands. Forests cover 47.7% of Istanbul.
According to the forest management plan of The General
Directorate of Forestry, the total forest area of Istanbul, is
257.451,4 ha. and 13817,79 ha. of these forest areas are
classified as existing and proposed recreational areas.
By present-day planning studies and
daily visitor numbers that the Ministry of Environment and Forest sets, it is observed that existing forest
recreation areas are being damaged. Elements of pressure
on forest areas as growing population, legal regulations and
inappropriate-unrestrained recreational use increases the requirement of new recreational planning models.
Within the scope of this study, the aim is to analyze Azizpasa Forest concerning natural resource protection. The study also identifies factors that have positive and negative
impacts on recreation potentials of the area and to determine carrying capacities and usage priorities of these areas