The tree-planting project “Bir Kan Bir Fidan” (A Sapling for a Drop of Blood) initiated by the Forestry and Water Affairs Ministry and the Turkish Red Crescent, continues to plant more trees through blood donations.
Almost 1.5 million saplings have been planted within the project which started in April 2014 with an official ceremony. With the focus on raising awareness in blood donation and forestation, the project covers 58 cities across Turkey.
Tree plantations were carried out in 22 cities including Corum, Gaziantep, Kilis, Sanlıurfa, Kahramanmaras, Malatya, Adana, Mersin, Istanbul, Sakarya, Izmit, Bursa, Yalova, Aydın, Denizli, Usak, Antalya, Burdur, Erzurum, Tokat, Canakkale and Kilis. One sapling is planted for each blood donation.
In his statement to Anadolu Agency, Eroglu announced that stem cell donators can also get involved in the project as the Turkish Red Crescent has decided to establish a stem cell donation center. The regional directorates of forestry are coordinately working with the regional blood centers of the Turkish Red Crescent. Signboards saying “Bir Kan Bir Fidan Agaclandırma Sahası” (A Sapling for a Drop of Blood Afforestation Zone) have been placed in 29 plantation areas. In spring, tree plantations will continue in different regions chosen by the ministry. The ministry is projected to plant over 2.3 million saplings throughout 2015. By the end of the five-year project, 15 million saplings will have been planted.
Source Daily Sabah