Turkey plants forests equal to size of Belgium

A country-wide forestation project at Turkish universities launches on Friday at Ankara's Gazi University.

Turkey plants forests equal to size of Belgium

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday his Justice and Development Party government made history in Turkey by planting forests on an area equal to Belgium's size in past eleven years.

In a sapling ceremony at Ankara's Gazi University, Erdogan said that the government will continue its efforts on forestation at universities, saying "free ideas can only be flourished at green universities."

Turkish Forestry and Water Works Minister Veysel Eroglu also attended the ceremony marking the start of a project of planting 5 million saplings, roughly one for every university student in the country.

"Nobody can compete with AK Party in environmental awareness," said Erdoğan.

Last Mod: 15 Kasım 2013, 17:57
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