The Chamber of Forest Engineers of Turkey, a non-profit NGO, was established within the framework of “the Law on Turkish Union of Chambers Engineer and Architect”. According to this Law, the Main Regulation of the Chamber of Forest Engineers and amendments made in this Regulation must be published in the Official Gazette (OG) of the Republic of Turkey.

An English translation of the “Main Regulation of the Chamber of Forest Engineers-OMO” is provided  here.

The Main Regulation establishes the structure, working principles and procedures of OMO.  Since the OMO was established by law, there is no separate declaration of establishment or charter.

This “Main Regulation” replaces “Charter of OMO”.

Main Regulation of the Chamber of Forest Engineers:

Word Version:Main-Regulation-of-the Chamber of Forest Engineers

PDF Version: Main-Regulation-of-the Chamber of Forest Engineers-2020

According to this “Main Regulation” the first objective of the OMO has been indicated as “to make offers and assistance to the official authorities and other related organizations by executing all kinds of technical and scientific studies in order to protection, expansion and operation of forests”.

When we consider this item and other related items, we see that one of the main objectives of the Chamber of Forest Engineers, even the first goal, is to protect the forests.

Furthermore,  with a Presidential Decree of Turkey published at Turkey’s Official Gazette at the date of 2nd August, 2019, “The National Biodiversity Coordination Board” was established. The OMO took part in this committee as the representative NGO from nature conservation sector.

Please see  orginal text of the Official Gazette: https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2019/08/20190802-11.pdf

In line with above mentioned information Certificate of registry of this Organization as follows: (original and translated into English)

  • Original: 4 Şubat 1954 tarih ve 8625 Sayılı Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Resmi Gazetesi-
  • English: 4 February 1954 (Posted February 4, 1954 and numbered 8625, Official Gazette of the Republic of Turkey)

The Main Regulation of the Chamber of Forest Engineers was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Turkey dated July 12, 2006 and No. 26226.  https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2006/07/20060712-11.htm

Various changes have been made thereafter. The text presented above link is the latest and most current version of the Regulation as of 2018.

The Official Gazette (OG) of Turkey’s web page can be accessed free of charge, with no obligation for subscription. All the editions as of the first edition dated 7/2/1921 can be found at this following web site. http://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/default.aspx

In accordance with the regulation on the “Publication and the Procedures of the Official Gazette” which was put into effect with the Cabinet Decision no: 5335, dated June 22, 1927, it has been determined with decrees that “laws, interpretations, Grand National Assembly decisions, regulations, decrees, instructions, state council decisions and notices that belong to ministries, official treaties and announcements have been obliged to be published in the Official Gazette. 

In addition to the above information, it will be useful to give the following summary information about the Chamber of Forest Engineers.

  1. The Chamber of Forest Engineers is a professional organization established under the “Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB)”.- https://www.tmmob.org.tr/en/page/about by “6235 Numbered Turkish Engineer and Architect Chambers Union Law” –https://www.tmmob.org.tr/en/hukuk/legal-framework/6235-numbered-turkish-engineer-and-architect-chambers-union-law
  2. Article 16 of 6235 as follows – “Forest and agriculture professional engineers can be included in the Union by establishing a chamber with the resolution by Board of Directors of the guilds they belong to
  3. TMMOB is a corporate body and a professional organization defined in the form of a public institution as stated in the Article 135 of the Constitution.

ARTICLE 135 of Turkish Constitution as follows- “Professional organizations having the characteristics of public institutions and their higher bodies are public corporate bodies established by law, with the objectives of meeting the common needs of the members of a given profession, to facilitate  their professional activities, to ensure the development of the profession in keeping with common interests, to safeguard professional  discipline and ethics in order to ensure integrity and trust in relations among its members and with the public; their organs shall be elected by secret ballot by their members in accordance with the procedure set forth in the law, and under judicial supervision- https://global.tbmm.gov.tr/docs/constitution_en.pdf TMMOB is maintaining its activities with its 24 Chambers, which the Chamber of Forest Engineers is one of them.

Beside the Foundation Law Numbered 6235, there is another Law No. 5531 entitled “The Law on Forest Engineers, Forest Industrial Engineers and Woodworking Industrial Engineers.” dated July 8, 2006 has been published in Turkish Official Gazette. https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2006/07/20060708-2.htm

According to this Law Numbered 5531, OMO is the legal representative of three different professional groups as follows: Forest Engineers, Forest Industrial Engineers, and Woodworking Industrial Engineers.

Currently the Chamber of Forest Engineers has about 17.500 active members. A large number of its members work in forestry related departments of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

These Institutes are as follows;

  1. a) General Directorate of Forests
  2. b) General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks,
  3. c) General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion.

In addition, there are members working in public institutions such as General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works and General Directorate of Highways. On the other hand, there are members working in their own workplace and working in private sector companies.

The main management mechanism of the Chamber of Forest Engineers is “General Assembly” held every two years. The executive body is the “Board of Directors”. The last General Assembly was held in April 2018 and the Board of Directors Chaired by Hasan Türkyılmaz was elected. https://ormuh.org.tr/yonetim-kurulu

In addition to the Board of Directors there is the Board of Honour and the Board of Auditors.

The Headquarter (the Center) of Chamber of Forest Engineers is in Ankara, which is the capital city of Turkey as well.

In addition to headquarters (Center)  of OMO, there are several “branches” located in different places of Turkey.  These branches are established or removed by the OMO General Assembly according to regional situations and the number of members. The management of each branch is determined by its members in a completely democratic election.


As of the end of 2018, OMO has branches as follows: https://www.ormuh.org.tr/subeler

  1. Ankara
  2. Istanbul
  3. East Black Sea- Trabzon
  4. Izmir
  5. West Mediterranean-Antalya
  6. East Mediterranean
  7. Elaziğ
  8. West Black Sea
  9. Bursa
  10. Denizli
  11. Amasya
  12. Erzurum
  13. Sakarya

In addition to the branches, there are OMO representatives in the relevant Faculties, regions and provinces. These representatives are assigned by the OMO Board of Directors.

OMO meets all expenses with its own means. The main source of income is the membership fees. OMO has its own web page https://www.ormuh.org.tr/  and periodicals. https://www.ormuh.org.tr/post/yeni-dergimiz-cikti

OMO has close cooperation with the State Institutions. However, considering the number of members, it is seen that the majority of the members work in the private sector.

In Turkey OMO organise several meetings, conferences and training programmes. It has its own building in Ankara with branches offices in overall of Turkey.

In addition to the activities in Turkey, OMO, is working extremely active in the international arena. It has close cooperation with United Nations agencies including FAO.

As of 2018, OMO was the chair of the Council of European Foresters.

It’s is an active member of the Union of European Foresters (http://european-foresters.eu/meetings/gcm/74,6)

OMO Participates in “Forest Europe” meetings.

It is also an accredited Non-Governmental Organisation to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. (UNCCD)  https://knowledge.unccd.int/cso/turkish-chamber-forest-engineers

Very recently OMO applied to become a member of “The International Union for Conservation of Nature– https://www.iucn.org/  which is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

In 2018 OMO organized  “The Fifth International Symposium of the Chamber of Forest Engineers of Turkey: The Role of “Public-Civil Society-Private Sector Cooperation and International Partnerships” in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals and Global Forest Goals, from 2 to 5 December of 2018 in Antalya.

Together with public institutions’ representatives like General Directorate of Forests and General Directorate of Nature Protection and National Parks  from Turkey, as well as representatives of FAOSEC, several non-governmental organizations from Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Romania, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and France participated in this international symposium.

During the symposium, Cooperation agreements with these NGOs signed.

No Country Name of the NGO Web Page
1 Albania ALBAFOREST CENTER www.albaforest.com 
2 Azerbaijan Natural Wealth and Ecology Workers Trade Union Republic Committee http://ahik.org
3 Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina The Association of Hunting Organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina http://www.slobih.ba/
4 Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina The Independent Trade Union of Forestry, Wood Processing and Paper of Bosnia and Herzegovina- http://ssspdp.ba/
5 Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Forestry Association of  Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina http://usitfbih.ba/
6 Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Beekeepers Union of Sarajevo  
7 France The International Association for Mediterranean Forests (AIFM) http://aifm.org/en
8 Kyrgyzstan KYRGYZ ASSOCIATION OF FOREST AND LAND USERS http://www.landuse-association.kg/  
9 Hungary The Trade Union of Forestry and Wood  Industry Workers http://efdsz.hu/
10 Romania SILVA TRADE UNION FEDERATION https://federatiasilva.ro/
11 Romania The “Forest Progress” Society http://progresulsilvic.ro/
12 Turkey Association of Forestry Faculties http://www.orfamder.org/
13 Turkey ÖZ ORMAN-İŞ TRADE UNION OF FOREST, AGRICULTURE, HUNTING AND FISHERY of the Republic of Turkey http://www.ozorman-is.org.tr
14 Turkey TOÇ BİR-SEN | Trade Union of Agriculture and Forest Civil Servants Association https://www.tocbirsen.org.tr/

At European Level,  Turkish Union of Chambers Engineer and Architect, which  the Chamber of Forest Engineers is a part of this  Union,  is a member of “FEANI-European Federation of National Engineering Associations- https://www.feani.org/“.

FEANI is a founding member of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) http://www.wfeo.org/ and collaborates with many other organizations dealing with engineering and technology issues and engineering education. FEANI is officially recognized by the European Commission as representing the engineering profession in Europe. The federation also has consultative status with UNESCO, UNIDO and the Council of Europe.


European Federation of National Engineering Associations The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO)


The Chamber of Forest Engineer is also one of the accredited NGO to UNCCD- https://knowledge.unccd.int/cso/turkish-chamber-forest-engineers

The management of the Chamber of Forest Engineers is determined by the votes of the members. Completely democratic and free elections are repeated every two years. The current management was elected in April 2018.The Board of Directors consists of seven members.

Updated: 12 May 2020



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