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Ministry of Environment

and Forestry


International Cooperation


“Erosion Control, Afforestation and Rehabilitation of Degraded Forest Lands Techniques,”

1-5 November 2010, Denizli, Turkey

The project hereby is a technical cooperation project that covers issues such as reasons for desertification/land degradation, seed and seedling production for combating desertification/land rehabilitation, forestation, erosion control and participatory approach with the aim of increasing the level of regional collaboration among the countries of the region and enabling each country in the region to share the technical experience they have gained so far.
As a result of United Nations Rio Conference, three main conventions in the field of environment were determined. They are Biodiversity, Climate Change and Combating Desertification conventions. 110 countries have been affected by desertification which is a global problem. One of the most important results of desertification is the loss of soil fertility and as a result there emerges hunger, famine, migration and wars.

Ministry of Environment and Forestry prepared a project on land rehabilitation/combating desertification and forestry for regional cooperation. It is supported by Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TIKA).

Our country has quite significant experiences in combating desertification/land degradation which is an important problem for the humankind and our planet and we are declared as one of the leading trainer countries by United Nations. Sharing the experiences gained by our country with the countries under desertification danger in Central Asia, the Balkans and Africa (Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Palestine, Georgia, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mongolia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Senegal, Sudan, Syria, Pakistan, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan) complies with our country’s mission.

Objectives of the training course

  • To exchange of information/knowledge and experience on the Erosion Control Techniques, Afforestation and Rehabilitation of Degraded Forest Lands, among scientific, technical and management personnel from the interested countries;

  • To promote effective cooperation among the related institutions of countries and transfer of technology and know-how on the field of the Erosion Control Techniques, Afforestation and Rehabilitation of Degraded Forest Lands,

  • To support and strengthen the implementation of the Convention through providing useful input from the regional achievements/findings on the efforts of combating desertification and sustainable management of land resources.

Scope/subject of the training course

The core scope of the training workshop will focus on exploring of regional and national experiences of the countries on the Erosion Control Techniques, Afforestation and Rehabilitation of Degraded Forest Lands.

Five working days will be allocated on two main items: two days for paper presentations two days for field visit and one day touristic trip. Representatives from the Countries are invited to present their achievements, opportunities as well as difficulties on their practices. Experts and academicians will give scientific lectures on specific topics. Representative from UNCCD Secretariat is also supposed to make an intervention on the purpose and the status of the process of regional cooperation.

Tentatively the following topics with regard to the erosion control, afforestation and rehabilitation of degraded forest lands techniques, may be elaborated during the training workshop:

  • Technical, financial and expertise potentials and possibilities on the erosion control, afforestation and rehabilitation of degraded forest lands techniques as well as the difficulties encountered in countries;

  • New and alternative methodologies and approaches on the erosion control, afforestation and rehabilitation of degraded forest lands techniques

  • What the role of the revagetation in the combating of desertification

After each presentation there will be enough time for discussion. The topics above are provisional only and will be finalized after consultations with interested sides.

Detailed agenda for the training course will be prepared and send to the registered participants beforehand.


The course is open to two representative from Afghanistan, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Palestine, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Senegal, Sudan, Syria, Pakistan, and is aimed at related decision makers, forest engineer, and NGOs involved in the management of environmental problems related to afforestation, erosion control, desertification and forestry.


The candidates will make an application to TIKA regional offices in their country and for each country, two participant will be selected from at least four candidates (more than four candidates can apply for each country, two of them will be selected) by a committee composed by AGM (The General Directorate of Afforestation and Erosion Control of Turkey).

Dead Line for application: 24 September 2010

Course Format:

The course will consist of lectures, group-learning activities, case study and filed trips.

Language of the trainings shall be Turkish and English
Dates of the training course:

The date for the training course for Afghanistan, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Palestine, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Senegal, Sudan, Syria, Pakistan was tentatively decided as 1-5 November 2010.

Host Institution and the Venue
The Course will be managed by General Directorate of Afforestation and Erosion Control (AGM)-Ministry of Environment and Forestry(MOEF), The Turkish International Cooperation And Development Agency (TIKA)

The course will be held at Denizli, Turkey.


Denizli is a province of Turkey in Western Anatolia, on high ground above the Aegean coast. Neighbouring provinces are Uşak to the north, Burdur, Isparta, Afyon to the east, Aydın, Manisa to the west and Muğla to the south. It is located between the coordinates 28° 30’ and 29° 30’ E and 37° 12’ and 38° 12’ N. It covers an area of 11,868 km², and the population is 882,938.




Limestone terraces in Karahayıt, Denizli

Approximately 28-30% of the land is plain, 25% is high plateau and tableland, and 47% is mountainous. At 2571m Mount Honaz is the highest in the province, and indeed in Western Anatolia. Babadag in the Mentes range has a height of 2308 meters. The biggest lake in Denizli is Acıgöl, which means bitter lake and indeed industrial salts (sodium sulphate) are extracted from this lake which is highly alkaline. There is a thermal spring to the west of Sarayköy, at the source of the Great Menderes River, which contains bicarbonates and sulfates. There is another hot spring in Kizildere which reaches 200˚C.

A geothermal steam source was first found in the region in 1965 during drilling work. Today there is a power plant producing electricity from the geothermal steam. Only 11% of the geothermal energy source is used to produce electricity and 89% of it, which flows into the Great Menderes, is 150˚C at source (it is contains energy equal to 35,000 to 40,000 tonnes of fuel oil).


In general the Aegean region has a mild climate. However, it becomes harsher at altitude . Temperatures can rise to 40 °C during summer and fall to -10 °C in winter. There are about 80 days with precipitation, mainly during winter.





Pamukkale below the ruins of Hierapolis

There are traces of prehistoric cultures throughout the province, including evidence of pre-Hittite cultures and the Hittites themselves. The Hittites were followed by Phrygians, Lydians and Persians, and then cities founded by the ancient Greeks and Alexander the Great. The first real settlement was the city of Laodicea on the Lycus which was established by King Antiochus II for his wife Laodice. Laodicea is located 6 km north of the city of Denizli.

The city of Hierapolis was established around 190 BC by the Pergamene Kingdom, one of the Hellenistic states of Anatolia. The calcified terraces and pools of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) now stand below the ruins of Hierapolis. The two cities, Laodicea and Hierapolis later came under Roman rule, and with the division of the Empire in 395 were left within the boundaries of the East Roman Empire.

The Christian era

The province has strong biblical connections: in the Book of Revelation, John the Evangelist hears a loud voice which sounded like a trumpet when he was on the island of Patmos. The voice says: "Write down what you see and send the book to the Churches in these seven cities: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea". The Church of Laodicea was a sacred place even in pre-Christian times, and is still visited by Christians today, although it lost its importance to a great extent during Byzantine rule.

The Turkish era

Turks were first seen in Denizli in 1070 when Afşın Bey, under the control of the Seljuk Sultan Alp Arslan, raided the area. The second and third Crusades fought here against Kazıkbeli, who managed to flee with a small force to Antalya. Later, after the Turks had established control of the ancient cities, they moved south to the site of the present city of Denizli, where drinking water was brought through stone pipes. The name Laodicea slowly changed into “Ladik” then since the 17th century other names were given “Tonguzlu”, ”Tonuzlu”, ”Tenguzlug”, ”Donuzlu” and finally “Denizli”.

After World War I, when the Greek army arrived in İzmir on May 15, 1919, one of first centres of Turkish resistance formed at an open air meeting in Denizli. A Turkish militia formed lines on the Menderes organized by Yörük Ali and Demirci Efe, involving large numbers of volunteers from the local peasantry. Stiffened by the Turkish regular army, Greek forces were repelled, and Denizli remained in Turkish hands throughout the Greco-Turkish War.

Places of interest



  • Laodicea ad Lycum - Ruins of the ancient city 6 km north of Denizli near the village of Eskihisar.

  • Hierapolis and Pamukkale -20 km north of Denizli. The ruins of the ancient city and the hillside covered in minerals from the thermal waters.

  • The Seljuk caravanserai Akhan, 6 km from Denizli on the Ankara highway.

and near the other districts in the province....

  • Tripolis (Phrygia) near the village of Yenicekent in Buldan - ruins of a city dating back to the Hellenistic period.

  • a few remains of the ancient city of Colossae, in Honaz.

  • Beycehöyük in Çivril, where several antiquities of the Copper Age dating back to 3000 BC were found.

  • The Hanabat Caravanserai in Çardak is a typical Seljuk caravaserai.

  • The Ahmetli Bridge over the Great Menderes river, 15 km from Sarayköy dates back to the Roman era.

Logistics and Administration

TIKA will manage air travel expenses (by the most economical, direct route) from originating country to Denizli Airport. Details will be given through invitation letters to the admitted candidates.

TIKA/AGM will arrange transportation to and from the airport to the activity locations and transportation for the filed visits.

Full board accommodation in hotels of the Denizli area and meals will be cover by AGM.

AGM-MOEF and TIKA will officially forward to the Turkish Embassies of the relevant countries the name of the participants to enable them to the contact the consulates for visa procedures.
Contact addresses for more information


UNCCD National Focal Point

Ministry of Environment and Forestry

General Directorate of Afforestation and Erosion Control

Sogutozu Cad. No 14/B Ankara, TURKEY

Tel: +90 312 2075716

Fax: +90 312 2075756

E-mail: collesme@cevreorman.gov.tr


Forest Engineer

Ministry of Environment and Forestry

General Directorate of Afforestation and Erosion Control

Sogutozu Cad. No 14/B Ankara, TURKEY

Tel: +90 312 2075873

Fax: +90 312 2075756

E-mail: collesme@cevreorman.gov.tr









Mr. Ghulam Mustafa Jawad

Technical Deputy Minister

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Food

Tel: +(93-20) 250.0347



Mr. Sajmir Hoxha


Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration Tirana

Tel: +(355-4) 22.44.56
Fax: +(355-4) 22.44.56



Mr. Ogtay Jafarov


Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources

Tel: +(9-9412) 98.05.41

Fax: +(9-9412) 92.59.07 / 98.05.63


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. Dr. Mihajlo Markovic

Head of the Institute

The Institute for the Agroecology and Soil Sciences
Faculty of Agriculture

Tel.: +(387-51) 312.390
Fax.: +(387-51) 312



Ms. Giorgi Kolbin

Head of Division

Department of International Relations and Conventions
Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources Tbilisi

Tel.: +(995-32) 727223
Fax.: +(995-32) 727223



Mr. Bulat Bekniyazov


Department of Strategic Planning and Analysis
Ministry of Environmental Astana

Tel.: +(7-7172) 74.00.59
Fax.: +(77172) 74.00.62



Mr. Kasymov Kambarali


Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Process Industry

Tel.: +(996-312) 62.53.66 Fax.: +(996-312) 54.09.75 / 62.35.87



Mrs. Lazarela Kalezic

Senior Advisor

Ministry of Tourismand Envir onment

Tel.: +(382) 81 482 169
Fax.: +(382) 81 234 168



Dr. Issa Musa Al-Baradeiya

Environment Quality Authority

Tel.: +(972-2) 240.3495
Fax.: +(972-2) 240.3494



Monsieur Daniel Joseph Réné André

Ministère de l'Environnement, de la Protection de la Nature,

Tel.: +(221) 33 8310101
Fax.: +(221) 338320426



Mr. Salah Eldien Abdella Elobied

Director General

Natural Resources Administration
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Tel.: +(249-91) 214.1669



Mr. Gulmakhmadov Davlatsho Kurbonalievich


Agency for Land Management, Geodesy and Cartography

Tel.: +(992-372) 233.0909 / 233.1818
Fax.: +(992-372) 231.1487



Mr. Bekmurad Eyeberdyev

Ecological Programmes Coordination Department

Ministry of Nature Protection

Tel.: +(993-12) 39.85.94
Fax.: +(993-12) 39.85.84



Dr. Yuriy Kolmaz

Head of Land Resources Division

Directorate of Biotic Resources and EcoNet
Ministry of Environmental Protection

Tel.: +(380-44) 206.3148
Fax.: +(380-44) 206 3148



Dr. Bakhtiyor Kadyrov

First Deputy Minister, First Deputy General Director

Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Tel.: +(998-71) 233.8372
Fax.: +(998-71) 233.1150



Ms. J. Bats ukh


International Cooperation Department Ministry of Nature and Environment

Tel:+(976) /
Fax:+(976-11) 32.14.01


Republic of Moldova

Mr. Ilie Boian

Deputy Director

State Hydrometeorologica Service
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources

Tel:+(37-322) 77.36.33
Fax:+(37-322) 75.35.29



Mr. Ababu Anage

Department Head
Ecosystem Department

Tel.: +(251-11) 646.4569
Fax.: +(251-11) 646.4876 / 646.4882








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