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Even the plants of Istanbul are escaping to nature

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Prof. Ünal Akkemik, the head of the Forest Botany Department of Istanbul University’s Forestry Faculty, is the one who enabled me to meet the Belgrade Forest in Istanbul in real life.

He is the protector of the Belgrade Forest for me.

Are trees drying out there? Or, is there any change in the legal status of the forest? I ask him all such questions. He scours throughout the forest in order to find out whether everything is in place.

Prof. Akkemik recently launched a book, a great yield of years of hard work: “The Natural Plants of Istanbul.”

In addition to being a highly significant bibliographic source for researchers and a nature lover, the book, which was out by ÇEKÜL Publishing, is a key record that shows what we have been losing in Istanbul.........

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