First Bursa RSG Meeting Report
As part of the stakeholder engagement process, the first Bursa regional stakeholder workshop was held on the 20 May 2013.
Bursa is one of the 14 Regional Stakeholder Groups which wll be active in the StarTree Case Study Regions over the next 4 years. Stakeholders in StarTree will provide valuable insights for an overview of the NWFP sector at regional and European level, and innovative approaches in the management and use of MPT and NWFP.
The regional director of state forests hosted the event, welcoming the stakeholders and expressing his willingness and enthusiasm to collaborate with StarTree project. The Case Study Responsible (CSR) also delivered an opening speech and welcomed all participants to the 1st meeting. After participants' introductions, the CSR presented an overview of the StarTree project in general before speaking about the stakeholder engagement process and plans. All stakeholders expressed their willingness to keep supporting the project.
The owner of Kafkas had a number of questions about chestnut orchards, forest regulations and scientific research. The regional directorate and the CSR explained that the StarTree project does not aim to establish new orchards but that the in depth case study (IDCS) would result in a new multiuse forest management plan to focus on NWFP. The project will report on the status of current regulation and will analyse regulation on the uses of forest lands for NWFP while, through the IDCS, alternative forest use options will be explored and the project aims to help solve the chestnut disease problem.
The state foresters stated that inoculation or grafting has recently been started in degraded stands to allow opportunities for expanding chestnut production areas. Alternatively, tree allocation to families in the villages through regional cooperatives with a small amount of stumpage price may become a series opportunity in the future to support rural development. Furthermore, chestnut plantations have been considered in bare lands. The head of the local cooperatives asked if the project might provide training to the villages for establishing their business, for example, cultivating mushrooms in beech stumps. The head of Akdem, stated their intention to cooperate with StarTree as they have experience with the Yalova model forest process.
Over the course of the 2.5 hour meeting, each partner had a chance to understand the content of this prestigious project. Participants stated their sustainable attendance and engagement to the regional study group meetings. Particularly, the regional directorate of forestry, the key stakeholder, expressed his willingness to cooperate with KTU, specifically in conducting the in-depth case study in Bursa forest. The RSG has committed to work with the CSR and his associates during the lifetime of the project.