International Congress on Landscape Ecology: Understanding Mediterranean Landscapes Human vs. Nature, Antalya, Türkiye, 23 - 25 Ekim 2014, ss.105-114
Migration from the rural to the urban landscapes remains as a persistent issue of our era. Since the 1980‘s, alone in Turkey an estimated 15 million people have been repopulated due to economic and social obstacles, affecting the daily lives of every individual in this country. Whereas depopulation of the countryside could be decreased through effective management of local landscape resources in order to prevent a range of problems in urban areas. This study focuses on Turan, an Aegean village near Izmir, where the only means of local production is the harvesting of native narcissus plants which display individual visual assets together with significant olfactory properties and that have been growing in this area for generations. However, the village population suffers from migration due to the lack of technical support on how to increase both the quality and the quantity of narcissus flowers together with the bulb production; the geographical location and the terrain of the village landscape; and the absence of advertisement strategies and marketing opportunities related to the narcissus plant. In order to overcome the afore mentioned issues a scientific research project was set up in 2013 with a clear aim to determine the local narcissus species, scrutinize the complications of narcissus production, overcome the problems related to growth and production and also increase the unit price both for flowers and bulbs to socio-economically develop the living standards of this country settlement through maintaining and improving rural landscapes and; subsequently decrease the rural migration in the region. Key Words: migration, vernacular sources, narcissuses, daffodils, the village of Turan.