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Coruh River Watershed Rehabilitation Project (Turkey)


Titre : Coruh River Watershed Rehabilitation Project (Turkey)

Country : Republic of Turkey
Target Area : The three provinces within the Coruh River watershed in the northeastern part of Turkey (Bayburt Province, Erzurum Province and Artvin Province)

Loan Agreement : June 22, 2011

Schedule : The planned implementation schedule is from June, 2011 to October, 2018 (89 months in total).

In Turkey, approximately 7.5 million people live in some 21 million hectares of forest land, composing just less than 30% of the total land area in the country. The average income for residents in those areas is markedly smaller than the average income for Turkey as a whole, and residents depend on activities such as lumbering and pasturing livestock to make a living. Such pressures on natural resources are factors causing forest degradation and resulting significant loss in soil. This degradation of natural resources is a vicious circle in which the living environment of residents worsens further.

The Coruh River basin in northeastern Turkey is the focus of this project. While the area depends on small-scale livestock farming and agriculture, the basin is one of the worst areas in the country in terms of soil degradation due to the progressive destruction of forests, soil that is easily eroded, and low agriculture and livestock productivity.

Project Objective
This project will make improvements to the environment in the Coruh River basin. Resident participation plans will be formulated, and natural resources will be restored and preserved through soil conservation, the restoration of vegetation in degraded forests and natural disaster prevention. Also, livelihood improvement assistance will be provided for village residents for integrated basin conservation and improvements to the living environment of village residents.

Executing Agency : The Ministry of Environment and Forestry

Borrower : The Republic of Turkey
Loan Amount : 4,225 million yen

Présentation : JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency)

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