A Method of Carrying Capacity for Alternative Recreation Areas: Towards Conservation Thresholds and Recreatıonal Potential

Bekdemir A. P. , Altınçekiç T. H.

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

  • Yayın Türü: Bildiri / Tam Metin Bildiri
  • Cilt numarası: 1
  • Basıldığı Şehir: Stockholm
  • Basıldığı Ülke: İsveç
  • Sayfa Sayıları: 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