In a message to mark Forestry Week, Agriculture and Natural Resources Minister Erkut Şahali said everyone had a role to play in preserving woodland, which is also under threat from drought and pests.
Just 24 per cent of North Cyprus’s territory is forested — well under the EU average of 30 per cent.
Mr Şahali described trees as a “huge essential life force”, saying: “This country, with her trees, forests, water, rocks and land, is ours, so we need to create awareness of the significance of . . . nature in order to benefit from it without harming any of it for future generations.”
Forestry Department head Altay Fırat said it was vital to educate children about the importance of forests, since “the green North Cyprus we dream of will only be achieved if we raise responsible, aware citizens”.
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