A new GEF funded project launched at UN Forum on Forests

01 May 2013

UNDP Turkey launched a new Global Environment Fund (GEF) funded project called “Integrated Approach to Management of Forests in Turkey, with Demonstration in High Conservation Value Forests in the Mediterranean Region” at the side event of United Nations Forum on Forests in Istanbul.


New Horizons, May 2013  – Five years long project has a unique structure with its multi focal area objectives such as climate change mitigation, sustainable forest management, and biodiversity.

The project aims to promote an integrated approach at the landscape level to the management of high conservation value forests in the Mediterranean to secure carbon pools and biodiversity.

A model for sustainable forest management in the region

At the side event Dr Mahir Küçük, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs said that this new project will be a model for sustainable forest management in the region with its integrated approach and will also strengthen Turkey’s national forestry activities.

He stated that with the outputs of the project and their knowledge and experience on forestry an important step for regional forestry projects will be taken.

Dr Katalin Zaim, Programme Manager of Environment and Sustainable Development Programme of UNDP Turkey stated that UNDP is the largest UN agency working on natural resource management and for 40 years investing in reversing ecosystems' degradation.

Zaim added that UNDP Turkey and Turkish General Directorate of Forestry, the partner of the GEF funded project, have been actively collaborating since 2010 on sustainable forest management focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation, institutional capacity building, biodiversity and water integration into forest management plans and empowerment of forest villagers.

Ümit Turhan, Division Director of the General Directorate of Forestry stated that in accordance with the international developments, Turkey enhanced forest management concept to more integrated way in order to conserve biodiversity and to combat climate change while improving forest and people relationship and enhancing forest ecosystem services and goods.

He added that through GEF funded new project the forest management planning system in Turkey will be enhanced via integration of climate change mitigation and landscape approach criteria to be tested with demonstration activities.

Project will be implemented in five pilot areas in the Mediterranean region of Turkey

Ulrich Apel, Senior Environmental Specialist of the GEF gave information about GEF’s support to sustainable forest management in Turkey and the region and the importance of Turkey’s approach on sustainable forest management with the multiple benefits in High Conservation Valued Forest

Nuri Özbağdatlı, SFM Advisor of UNDP Turkey gave detailed information about project activities and stated that the project will be implemented in five pilot areas in the Mediterranean region of Turkey.

GEF funded Integrated Approach to Management of Forests in Turkey, with Demonstration in High Conservation Value Forests in the Mediterranean Region Project will be implemented by General Directorate of Forestry and UNDP Turkey within collaboration with Chamber of Forest Engineers, Forest Cooperative Union, GIZ, Nature Conservation Center, WWF-Turkey, Gold Standard.

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Further information:

Dr. Katalin Zaim
UNDP Turkey ESD Programme Manager
E-mail: katalin.zaim@undp.org

Nuri Özbağdatlı
UNDP Turkey SFM Advisor
E-mail: nuri.ozbagdatli@undp.org

Deniz Şilliler Tapan
UNDP Turkey ESD Programme Communication Expert
E-mail: deniz.tapan@undp.org