Desertification in Turkey


Minister warns of desertification in Turkey

Forestry and Waterworks Minister Veysel Eroğlu on Monday warned about the increase in non-arable land, saying that 500,000 hectares in the world turn into deserts every year due to poor irrigation alone.

“Turkey is among the countries that will be greatly affected by the increase in non-arable land and climate change due to its geographical position, geological structure, topography and climate,” he said. He also stressed that 65 percent of Turkish land has the characteristics of arid, semi-arid and semi-humid climates, and central and southeastern Turkey is especially vulnerable to the risk of desertification.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.