Prof Dr Recep Efe has authored a number of scientific books and has published numerous articles in refereed scientific journals and conference proceedings, with emphasis on ecosystem analysis, ecology, land cover change and vegetation analysis. He is, or has been, on the editorial boards of five international journals in ecology and geography; has organised several international conferences including GEOMED, TROGAS, IKES; and has served on the committees of many international conferences. He is a member of the European Geosciences Union, the Balkan Geographical Association, and the International Geographical Union.Prof Dr Munir Ozturk has a proven track record of over 100 research publications in highly reputed professional journals in the fields of ecology, environmental sciences and ethnobotany, in addition to 50 chapters in international books. He has guest edited The Malaysian Forester, Environmental Geology (Springer), the Journal of Environmental Biology and Social and Behavioral Sciences Procedia (Elsevier). He has published more than 30 books (Daya Publishers, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Birkhauser Verlag, and Springer), and is a recipient of more than 15 honours and awards.Dr Shahina A. Ghazanfar is Head of the Temperate Regional Team at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. She received her PhD from Cambridge University, UK, and has worked in Pakistan, West Africa, the Sultanate of Oman and Fiji. Her expertise is the flora, vegetation and biogeography of the Arabian Peninsula and Southwest Asia. Her research interests also include medicinal and useful plants and halophjytes of Southwest Asia. She was co-editor of Flora of Tropical East Africa before becoming Head of the Temperate Section. She has published several books, book chapters and papers on flora and vegetation of the Arabian Peninsula, and has taken an active part in the organisation of several scientific conferences.