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3 Million Trees – Refugee Employment Initiative in Turkey

11.05.2017 10:00

3 Million Trees – Refugee Employment Initiative in Turkey

Project to improve socio-economic situation of refugees


Within the framework of the project “3 Million Trees” reforestation activities are currently carried out in the municipalities of Sariyer and Beykoz, in Istanbul. The IB - together with its local partners IBETH and Darülaceze foundation - implements this important project which was commissioned by GIZ as part of the “cash-for-work activities” by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The focus of the project lies on two main areas:

  1. To improve the socio-economic situation of around 800 Syrian refugees and 200 Turkish workers by allowing them to generate a monthly income through registered employment that corresponds to the local minimum wage.
  2. To improve the environmental situation by planting around 3 million seedlings and to balance environmental damage that had been caused by major construction work.

The project itself is unique as it combines social and ecological objectives. Through the reforestation activities a sustainable improvement of the soil and a protection against erosion damage is ensured whereas the project strengthens at the same time the social recognition of the refugees in their respective Turkish host communities.