Reforestation effort takes place in Istanbul

The Istanbul Governor's Office has initiated a reforestation campaign with the aim of restoring forested areas damaged by wildfires in the city this year.

Governor Davut Gül participated in the event during which 34,500 pine saplings were planted in the 21-hectare shrub and forest area scorched and harmed by the fire that broke out in the city's northern district of Beykoz on July 26.

Pointing out that reforestation efforts will be carried out for other forested areas in Istanbul affected by wildfires, Gül said tree planting in the fire-ravaged zones would be completed by the end of this year.

"Today, with the help of our students, we are planting the first forest of the 'Century Türkiye' right here in Istanbul. This area [Beykoz] is one of our regions that suffered a fire incident this year," Gül told reporters on Nov. 8 during the event.

Highlighting that forest organizations complete reforestation work for the forests affected by summer wildfires every year by the end of that same year, the governor pointed out that the area where the greening event took place on Nov. 8 accounts for approximately 45 percent of the forests burned in Istanbul.

"We will also reforest the remaining portion within the year. By the end of 2023, all of the forests in Istanbul that were burned this year will have been replanted," Gül stated.

Recently, Agriculture and Forestry Minister İbrahim Yumaklı announced that new forests will be established in all 81 provinces in the country as part of a nationwide large-scale afforestation effort on the occasion of National Afforestation Day on Nov. 11.

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