International year of forests activities of UNDP Turkey completed

01 Dec 2011


Within the framework of International Year of Forests 2011 Celebrations, GEF supported “Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System in Turkey Project” completed its 3 main activities listed in “Turkey’s 2011 International Forest Year Action Plan”.

New Horizons - Activity 1. 9 Hotspots Documentary Series GEF supported “Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System in Turkey Project” partners worked in partnership with İZ TV Documentary Channel on “9 Forest Hotspots Documentary Series” for awareness raising in Turkey’s 9 forest hotspots.
Various artists, scientists, NGO representatives, local branches of Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs got role in each episode.

Each episode of the documentary serried is hosted by important figures of Turkish theater and film sector: Erkan Can, Pelin Batu, Olgun Şimşek, Uğur Polat, Hakan Gerçek, Şevval Sam, Güven Kıraç, Mehmet Aslantuğ and Serhat Tutumluer.

Documentary series is ended by “Sea of Forest: Yenice” episode in November.

Till the end of November, 272 episodes were broadcasted in İZ TV Documentary Channel, reaching to at least 3 million 250 thousand people.

At each episode of this documentary series a different forest hotspot is introduced and current threats were stated. Series have been playing an important role in awareness raising process of 9 forest hotspots conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

For more information on documentary series: 

Turkey’s National Parks Photography Exhibition

“Turkey’s National Parks Photography Exhibiton”, prepared by many volunteers, was exhibited in Bartın and Kastamonu as 2 seperate exhibitions between World Biodiversity Day (22 May) and World Environment Day (June 5).

Exhibitions, which are the first ones of their kind in Turkey, introduced 41 national parks and were visited by more than 5000 people.

Articles on Turkey’s forests and 9 forest hotspots

“Enhancing Forest Protected Areas Management System in Turkey Project” staff wrote 2 articles about Turkey’s forests and 9 forest hotspots in November.

Article 1. Yeşil ATLAS e-journal November 2011 issue entitled “Autumn Colors – Call of Forest”
Article in Turkish:

Article 2. National Geographic Turkey November 2011 entitled “Best Cloth of the World”
Turkish summary: