21 January 2021

Afforestation, FRA (FAO) Turkey ranks 1st in Europe, 4th in the world

FRA, a unit of FAO affiliated to the United Nations, publishes a report every 5 years that announces the forest assets of the countries.

Turkey which was ranked 46th in the country ranking in 2015 has become 27th due to increase in the presence of the forest areas in 2020. In the report, Turkey ranked 1st in Europe and 4th in the world in the list of countries that have the most reforestation in the world.

Efforts to increase the forest assets in Turkey with the activities of the forestry service continues exponantially. This achievement was also mentioned in the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) report prepared every 5 years by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization). According to the report, while Turkey was 46th in the world in terms of countries that increased forest existence in 2015, Turkey ranked 27th in the 2020 report.

Erdogan: “Breath to the Future” turned into “Breath to the World” project

In 2019, November 11 National Afforestation Day was declared by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Support for the “Breath to the Future” Project, which was initiated with the approval of President Erdogan, under the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and under the coordination of the General Directorate, has grown increasingly. New forest areas has been created with the participation of citizens. Some created forests with their pensions, some devoted themselves to nature and became voluntary protectors of forests. In 2020, events were organized with the participation of 28 countries. “Breath to the Future” turned into “breath to the world” project.

Turkey ranks 1st in Europe in the list of countries that increase forest areas the most

At the same time, Turkey ranks 1st in Europe and 6th in the world in the list of countries that increase forest areas the most. According to the report, Turkey has increased its forest assets in the last 18 years, 2.1 million hectares. The Ministry said in a statement, Turkey's 2023 target is 30% of the country's surface area, corresponding to the 29.4 million hectares, are planning to be afforested.