Turkey's environment and forestry minister said on Wednesday that Turkey would rehabilitate 480,000 hectares of forests in 2011 as a part of the International Year of Forests.
Veysel Eroglu said Turkey would also carry out forestation and erosion control studies in 2011.
"Within this framework, we will plant 300 million new siblings and we will launch the campaign by planting 2,011 siblings in Istanbul," Eroglu said during a round-table on forests for people during the Ninth Session of the United Nations (UN) Forum on Forests in New York.
Eroglu said Turkey was among the five countries that enlarged its forested areas in the last decade with forestation and rehabilitation works.
"Turkey managed to raise its forested areas by 6 percent in the last three decades," Eroglu said.
Eroglu said Turkey's aim was to increase its forested area to 30 percent from 27.3 percent by 2023.
Turkey was one of the most successful countries in Europe that was fighting well with forests although 60 percent of its forests were under fire risk, Eroglu said.
Eroglu said Turkey was extending support to its neighbors and cross-border countries in case of any forest fire if it was asked to, and would continue to do so.
"We are also ready to train other countries on techniques of combating forest fires," he said.
Eroglu said Turkey had launched a project to establish fire-dependant forests, and was ready to cooperate with other countries.
"Turkey wants to host 10th UN Forum on Forests in 2012," Eroglu also said.
Eroglu is expected to return to Turkey on Friday.
The Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests began on January 24, and will end on February 4. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.
The global launch of the International Year of Forests 2011 was held in conjunction with the High-Level Segment of the ninth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests. The ceremony was presided over by Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly.
The launch of Forests 2011 featured a programme of high level speakers, the premiere of the short film "FOREST" directed by Mr. Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and film clips from the winning entries of the International Forest Film Festival.
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