The Korean Embassy in Turkey said that Eyup Devik, chairman of the Association for Solidarity of Environmental Organizations (CEKUD), the Turkish non-governmental organization (NGO), visited the embassy and discussed the 'Korea-Turkey Friendship Forest', which will be created with seedlings donated by Korean people, on Aug. 26.
In Turkey, large-scale wildfires centered on southern provinces such as Antalya earlier this month killed eight people and left several thousands of victims.
At that time, as it became known that the Turkish national team, who lost to Korea in the women's volleyball team's quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics, promised to deliver good news for the people suffering from wildfires, a movement began in Korea to donate seedlings to Turkey, mainly by volleyball fans.
Chairman Devik expressed his gratitude for the donation of the seedlings by the Korean people and delivered a plaque of appreciation to Ambassador Lee Won-ik of Korea to Turkey.
"More than 120,000 seedlings have been donated, and donations are still continuing," said Devik, chairman of the association.
According to CEKUD, the construction of the ‘Korea-China Friendship Forest’ is scheduled to begin between October and November after consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Ambassador Lee Won-ik said, “I think it is more meaningful that the seedling donation campaign is held at the level of the Korean people and netizens rather than the government.