The first step taken for an exemplary project on sustainable forest management

Jan 1, 2014

The technical inception workshop of the sustainable forest management project which aims to demonstrate the multiple environmental benefits of high conversation value forests in Mediterranean was held on December in Ankara.

New Horizons - “Integrated Management of High Conservation Value Mediterranean Forests” project aims to manage forests in an integrated approach by demonstrating the multiple environmental benefits of high conservation value forests in the Mediterranean forest region.

The project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the coordination of the General Directorate of Forestry.

In her opening speech, UNDP Environment and Sustainable Development Programme Manager Dr. Katalin Zaim explained the project’s preparation process, objective and implementation areas followed by the project’s benefits in terms of climate change, biodiversity and social impacts.

General Directorate of Forestry Head of Department of Foreign Affairs, Training and Research Dr. Ahmet İpek highlighted that the project will be setting an example worldwide.

He underlined the project’s contributions in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving the forest ecosystem’s biodiversity and developing the social and economic wealth of forest villagers.

The technical inception workshop of the project was attended by 70 people. Under the group studies, sub-activities were identified for the given activities.

The official kick-off meeting of the project which will be a first in Turkey and an example for other Mediterranean countries is planned to be realized in early 2014.