TEMA, The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats

Our View on Afforestation

As an ecosystem, forests provide many services to nature and people. These services include habitat provision, oxygen production, water production, soil conservation, biodiversity, carbon storage, nutrient cycling, wood production, air purification, recreation and education. As a result of human activities, 420 million hectares of global forests were destroyed for various purposes between 1990 and 2020. The importance of the ecosystem services it provides and the decline in the global forest cover reveals the importance of afforestation efforts to protect forests and establish new forests.

The afforestation projects carried out by our Foundation are exemplary efforts to protect forests and the services they provide, especially in combating erosion, and to raise public awareness about the importance of afforestation efforts.