Supporting better management of forests

01 Apr 2011


The kick-off meeting of a new project entitled “Small Investments Fund for Local Implementations on Economic, Social and Environmental Services of Forests” has been held on 18 March 2011 in Ankara.

New Horizons - The aim of the project is to enhance the capacity for local implementations which will support the management of forests with nature, human and industry dimensions and to implement financial support mechanisms in the Anatolian Diagonal.

The project will be implemented by the General Directorate of Forestry (OGM), Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan Crude Oil Pipeline (BTC Co.) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Turkey.

The project will be realized within the area of six Provincial Directorates of Forestry which covers 15% of Turkey’s forest areas (Adana, Amasya, Artvin, Erzurum, Kahramanmaraş, Trabzon) and in 15 provinces of BTC pipeline route (Kayseri, Adana, Osmaniye, Sivas, Artvin, Ardahan, Kars, Erzurum, Erzincan, Kahramanmaraş, Hatay, Rize, Trabzon, Gümüşhane, Bayburt). The pilot implementations of the project will focus on the provinces Kars, Ardahan and Kahramanmaraş because of their rich forest values.

The project will reach its targets through enhancing the knowledge and experience of the governmental bodies, universities, local governments, and NGOs to locally identify the economic, social and environmental services of forests; to implement pilot projects on ecosystem services and economic values that forests provide; and enhancing the management system of forests.

The project will not only contribute to OGM’s works on planning and management of forests, but will also support pilot implementations of local people and local enterprises on forest biodiversity, sustainable forest management, alternative energy resources and natural resource management.

UNDP Turkey and BTC works together since 2004 to support NGOs, local governments and local enterprises located on BTC pipeline route through Small Investments Fund (SIF) to implement projects on conservation of biodiversity, efficient use of energy and use of alternative energy resources in Anatolian Diagonal.