About DS-SLM in Turkey

The project is implemented under the coordination of General Directorate of Combating Desertification with 86'000$ GEF funds and 200'000$ in-kind contribution of the Republic of Turkey in 2018-2020.

Goals and targets

  • Evaluation of land degradation and support for sustainable land management and monitoring of good practices,
  • Combating land degradation and desertification; adaptation to climate change; conservation of biodiversity; to increase the use of agriculture and forest areas effectively, efficiently and sustainably,
  • Creating public awareness through related issues,
  • Dissemination of good practices,
  • Compiling good practice examples in land management and standardization of criteria,
  • Organizing of Capacity building activities (especially mapping, land management, etc.).

Expected outcomes

National Level

  • Production of reliable DLDD and SLM data at national and regional level,
  • Development of plans that taking account DLDD and SLM assessments at national level,
  • Increasing awareness about SLM at national level and strengthening education and dissemination mechanisms.

International Level

  • Creating an information archive of good practice examples
  • Providing a suitable environment for mutual information exchange between interested parties,
  • Creating an instrument to achieve to Land Degradation Neutrality targets and 2030 sustainable development goals.

Results according to DS framwork

Involved institutions/ organizations and partners

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry www.tarimorman.gov.tr

General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion www.cem.gov.tr

General Directorate of Forestry www.ogm.gov.tr


Ozlem Yavuz

DS-SLM project coordinator, Deputy Director General, General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry