Director İsmail Üzmez of the Directorate General of Forestry has said that over the last 12 years many significant projects have been implemented to increase the total area of forests in Turkey to 22 million hectares.

Forested lands of Turkey increasing

Director İsmail Üzmez of the Directorate General of Forestry has said that over the last 12 years many significant projects have been implemented to increase the total area of forests in Turkey to 22 million hectares.

Üzmez reported that approximately 250 million saplings have been planted in Turkey every year and in the last 12 years the area covered by forests has increased by nearly one million hectares. “Turkey has become one of the very few countries that has increased its forests. Turkey values its forests, increases the forested lands by planting saplings and protects already existing forests from exterior elements.” 

Üzmez claimed that the understanding of forestry has changed in Turkey and underscored their aim is to pass forested lands down to future generations. “These forests are not ours; we hold them for our children. The future generations trust us so we have to be extra careful while protecting forests. As long as we continue this approach we will be able to protect our forests and improve them,” he saıd. 

Source: dailysabah.com

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *