Action plan for erosion control and forestation
The 2008-2012 action plan reduced the appearance of floods that could cause losses of life and of property.In recent years, the problems related to global warming and climate change caused by the increase of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere have been gradually increasing.
Turkey is among the countries most vulnerable to these problems. In order to rebalance the rate of greenhouse gas in atmosphere, there is a necessity to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases while increasing carbon sinks at the same time.
The greatest aim of the Action Plan for Forestation and Erosion Control, which was conducted between the years of 2008 and 2012, was to rebalance the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Within this scope, the project aimed to increase the size of forested lands, the most important sources of territorial carbon sinks.
Forests improve in value
The action plan increased the forest wealth of Turkey, rehabilitated disordered forests and combated erosion to prevent the destruction of our lands.
All public institutions and all spheres of society have worked in coordination as part of the project. The plan enabled the forestation, rehabilitation, erosion control and range improvement of 2,300,000 hectares of land within five years, while the total cost of the works was about 2.7 billion Turkish Liras.
The action plan, which was conducted with attention to a variety of environmental concerns, has achieved its goals to a great extent. These achieved goals include rehabilitating the degraded forests of Turkey at a minimum effort and cost, making these forests more productive. Also, the project contributed to the reform of the upset balance of nature and reduced the negative effects of global warming, climate change and desertification to the minimum level in the country.