Enhancing Implementation Capacity of General Directorate of Forestry for Sustainable Forest Management in the Context of Water Use of Forests in Turkey

What is the project about?


The project will develop a deeper understanding of the potential consequences of climate change on forest and water interactions, including desertification and biodiversity loss and review policies and strategies for sustainable forest management by integrating water function to forest management plans for adapting to climate change and contributing to its mitigation.

What has been the situation?

Forests are playing a key role for integrating environment and natural resources not only into climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy of Turkey, but also into biodiversity protection and poverty reduction of the country.

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20) highlighted seven critical issues which one of them is water. Forests have a close relationship with water resources. Sustainable forest management is of vital importance for the supply of good-quality fresh water, protection from natural hazards like floods or soil erosion, and for combating desertification.

UNDP Turkey and General Directorate of Forestry (GDF) work in collaboration for sustainable forest management with focusing on poverty reduction, climate change and biodiversity.

Turkey’s forests are managed with ecosystem based multi-functional forest management plan which identifies 10 years long forestry activities for every single unit of forest directorates. Functions of the forest management plan are identified according to the Sustainable Forest Management Criteria and Indicators of the General Directorate of Forestry.

What is our mission?



To develop a deeper understanding of the potential consequences of climate change on forest and water interactions, including desertification and biodiversity loss and review policies and strategies for sustainable forest management by integrating water functions to forest management plans for adapting to climate change and contributing to its mitigation.

How are we doing this?

With implementation of the project, function for water will be assessed and included into the forest management plan guidelines and relevant context, including Sustainable Forest Management Criteria and Indicators, to formulate a district level pilot forest management plan (Output 1). The pilot sites will be identified during the first phase of the project and will be submitted to the Project Steering Committee to prepare and implement the second phase of the project. Identification and designation of the pilot site to prepare the forest management plan in the second phase of the project is in jurisdiction of Project Steering Committee. Moreover, coordination for water function into the forest management plan and policies will be reviewed and recommendations developed (Output 2). Capacity at local, regional and central level will be strengthen focusing on current policies and strategies in the cross cutting areas of Sustainable Forest Management context such as water, climate change and disaster (Output 3).

UNDP CO and the General Directorate of Forestry (GDF) will undertake the activities below:
• Assess afforestation and reforestation programmes in terms of their effects on quality and quantity of water resources, flood alleviation and soil.

• Identify protective functions of forests for water and soil, as well as for mitigating local water-related natural disasters through sustainable forest management, including through public and private partnerships.

• Conduct stakeholders meetings to identify policy options for management of water ecosystem in the forest context that contribute to the maintenance of ecosystems and the sustainable provision of their services. 

• Develop alternatives to improve the existing institutional arrangements to enhance SFM criteria on forest and water.

• Develop training materials and enhance education, training, research and extension services to promote knowledge and understanding of forest and water interactions.

• Increase awareness of the relationship between forests and water as well as the potential of forests and their sustainable management to improve the water ecosystem through discussion meeting with local authorities and other local stakeholders through brochures.

How will Turkey benefit?

Once the project is implemented three main benefits will be delivered to the GDF. First, sustainable forest - water management principles and practices in the General Directorate of Forestry’s strategy, action plan and relevant policies will be mainstreamed and approved. Second, methods for restoration of degraded forests, particularly in floodplains and upper watershed areas for the benefit of the water environment, flood reduction, conservation of biodiversity and soil protection identified to increase adaptive capacity to climate change and contribute to its mitigation. Third, co-operation and share knowledge strengthened at local, regional and central level to exchange information on the complex interrelations and mutual influences of forests and water, how communities and organizations approach these topics and how these could be reflected in forest and water policies and identify national and international experts working with forests and water issues so that their knowledge and experiences are shared to further strengthen co-operation. Fourth, outputs of the project will enhance Turkey’s effectiveness in international and regional forestry platforms, and enable the experience and knowledge on forest and water interactions to share with other countries.

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Project Overview
Focus area:
Environment and Sustainable Development
Project number:
00084122
Status:
Ongoing
Project start date:
October 2012
Estimated end date:
May 2013
Budget:
USD 216,890 (Total Budget)
Project funding:
British Embassy Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Delivery in previous fiscal years:
N/A
Amount contributed per year by each project funder:
N/A
Location:
Turkey
UN/National executing agencies:
The project is executed by Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Works, General Directorate of Forestry through Forest Administration and Planning Department.
UN/National/NGO implementing partners:
Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Works, General Directorate of Forestry will be responsible and accountable for technical and financial management of the project in close collaboration and consultation with the UNDP and the British Embassy Foreign and Commonwealth Office. UNDP is responsible for the administrative and financial implementation of the project and realization of the outputs that are identified in the workplan.
MDG 7:
Ensure environmental sustainability
Contact Details

Rüstem Kırış
Project Coordinator
Tel: 0312 207 6613
Email: rustemkiris@ogm.gov.tr

 

Mithat Koç
Deputy Project Coordinator
Tel: 0312 207 6613
Email: mithatkoc@ogm.gov.tr

 

Salih Ayaz
Deputy Project Coordinator
Tel: 0312 207 6613
Email: salihayaz@ogm.gov.tr

 

Mehmet Kılıç
Project Manager
Tel: 0312 207 6617
Email: mehmetkilic@ogm.gov.tr

 

Mehmet Ceylan
Project Officer
Tel: 0312 207 6641
Email: mehceylan@ogm.gov.tr

 

H. Cihat Anlar
Project Expert
Tel: 0312 207 6641
Email: cihatanlar@ogm.gov.tr

 

Mehmet Demirci
Project Expert
Tel: 0312 207 6641
Email: mehmetdemirci@ogm.gov.tr

 

Nuri Özbağdatlı
Sustainable Forest Management Advisor
Tel: 0530 966 8790
Email: nuri.ozbagdatli@undp.org.tr

 

Eray Çağlayan
Project Asistant
Tel: 0312 207 5000/7654
Email: eray.caglayan@undp.org.tr

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