Cooperation between Turkey and Kyrgyzstan at the field of Forestry


In 2014 I visited to Kyrgyzstan in order to join the Training Workshop on Watershed Management, 19-21 May 2014, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

At the beginning of this workshop I made this following opening speech on behalf of Turkish side which has brief information about Turkish-Kyrgyz Relations on Forestry. As 18th of January, I add new information in parenthesis and also some pictures- İsmail Belen



Distinguished Vice Minister

Distinguished Representative of Turkish Embassy,

Distinguished Representative of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, TİKA

Distinguished Representatives of FAO,

Distinguished Representative of Uzbekistan

Distinguished Deputy Governor

Villagers of Telman village

Dear Guests, Dear Experts

Ladies and Gentlemen


Before starting my speech, I would like to salute you with my great respect, on behalf of myself and on behalf the Ministry of Forests and Water Affairs of Turkey.

I also would like to share my happiness to be here among distinguished representatives, friends and citizens of Kyrgyzstan. It is an honor for me to address to such an esteemed audience.


Dear Guest,

As you know, we are here on the occasion of Training Workshop on Watershed Management which has been organized with the framework of Capacity Building for Sustainable Management of Mountain Watersheds in Central Asia and the Caucasus.


Firstly, I would like to cordially thank to the Project Team, as well as Kyrgyz and Turkish Experts, to all friends and colleagues who contributed to this project and to the preparation of this workshop and to our host, the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry of the Kyrgyzstan for their hospitality. And of course to the lovely people of the Village of Talmen and Panfilov.


Turkey has been hosting the FAO’s Sub-Regional Office for Central Asia which is serving to AzerbaijanKazakhstanKyrgyzstanTajikistanTurkeyTurkmenistan and Uzbekistan with the line of an agreement signed by the Government of Turkey and FAO. Within this partnership, several Projects have been implemented in these countries, together with FAO, TİKA and relevant national agencies.  This project is one of them and has been implemented in AzerbaijanKyrgyzstanTajikistanTurkey and Uzbekistan simultaneously.



Dear Guest, Ladies and Gentlemen’s,

You will be informed in detail about the project in the continuation of the workshop. Our team has been here starting 4th of May more than two weeks. They visited to Telman Village, Panfilov District and their surroundings several times.  They met with the villagers, children, women, shepherds they examined the soil and watershed basin, they have many things to share and to tell. And tomorrow we are going to visit there again.


In this regard, in this part of my speech, I want to mention to the bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries, Turkey and Kyrgyzstan, with your permission.


Turkey was the first country to recognize the independence of the Kyrgyz Republic on December 16, 1991.  “The Eternal Friendship and Cooperation Agreement”, signed in 1997 and the “Turkey and Kyrgyzstan: Together Towards the 21st Century” statement, issued in 1999, constitute important documents underpinning our friendly and brotherly relations. The High Level Strategic Cooperation Council, established in 2011, held its first meeting in Turkey and has ushered in a new era in emboldening our strategic relations.

There have been frequent high level visits between the two countries, including Presidential, Prime Ministerial and Ministerial levels. The President of Turkey, HE Abdullah Gül last visited Kyrgyzstan in August, 2012 in order to attend the Turkic Council Summit held by Kyrgyzstan. HE President Atambayev paid its first official visit to Turkey with his capacity as the President.

With the Prime Minister Level, the Prime Minister of Turkey HE Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid a visit to Kyrgyzstan and chaired the second meeting of “High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council”. The next meeting of the high level strategic cooperation council is being planned to be in Turkey very soon, on the 3rd of June, 2014 and for the preparation of this, a delegation headed by the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, HE Coomart Otorbayev visited to Turkey just last week, 15 May 2014.


Kyrgyzstan and Turkey were among the founders of The Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (CCTS) which was established in 2009 as an  intergovernmental organization, with the overarching aim of promoting comprehensive cooperation among Turkic Speaking States. Its four founding member States are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. The next summit of this Council is going to be organized in Turkey in 4-5 June, 2014 and as Turkish side, we look forward to host the President of Kyrgyzstan HE Atambayev in Turkey.


In the line with the Special Loan Agreement signed by Turkish and Kyrgyz side, dated 28th of July, 2012, Turkey has been supporting the projects worth of 100 million dollars, implemented in Kyrgyzstan by relevant authorities.



Distinguished Guests, Dear Friends,

Along with these high level visits and agreements, there have been several joint initiatives on forestry sector. Some of them are as follows;

  • On 15 October 1997, in Antalya “The Protocol On Cooperation in the Field of Forestry Between the Ministry of Forestry, Republic of Turkey and the Ministry of Forestry of the Kyrgyz Republic” was signed.
  • In line of this agreement, a delegation from Turkey was sent to Jalal-Abad[1] Province in order to search damages and to prevent resulted from an insect,  Lymantaria dispar (Linne). After this visit a project was prepared and implemented with the support of TIKA, Turkish Ministry of Forests and the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry of the Kirgizstan. The Project was titled as “The Project on Combating to Lymantaria dispar Destroying the Walnut and Other Fruits in Kyrgyzstan”, it was planned to implement between 2007 and 2009 with a total budget of 771.000 Dollars. With the support of this project, a biological control laboratory was set up in the region of Ozen and technical equipment and training support was provided.
  • The Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs of Turkey, HE Veysel Eroğlu paid a visit to Kyrgyzstan and met with the Director of the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry at this office in May 2008.
  • The Director General of Combating Desertification and Erosion paid a visit to Kyrgyzstan with a delegation between the dates of 3-7 September 2012.
  • The Deputy Director of the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry of the Kirgizstan, HE Abdymital Chyngojoev visited to Turkey in 30 January 2013.
  • According to this agreement it was decided to designate a national coordinator from both sides and to cooperate on biological diversity, watershed management, forest inventory, forest monitoring with the line of climate change, forest protection, expert exchange, knowledge sharing, joint projects, joint trainings, workshops etc.
  • Turkish-Kyrgyz Intergovernmental Joint Economic Commission Meeting was held in Ankara, Turkey between 13-15 August 2013 and it was decided,
    • To examine the possibilities of the implementation of Cooperation Agreement to field and further,
    • To support to the  biological control laboratory which was set up in the region of Ozen,
    • To prepare Forest management plans, forest fires plans,
    • To launch/implement On-the-job training for Kyrgyz staff in Turkey
    • Establishing a Turk-Kyrgyz Brotherhood Forest In Bishkek,
    • To Combat desertification, To have soil erosion, flood, torrent and avalanche control,
    • To develop Integrated watershed management,
    • To conduct Plantation with fast growing trees,
    • Seed and seedlings production, nursery modernization,
    • Sand stabilization
    • A delegation headed by the Director General of Combating Desertification and including the representatives from FAOSEC and TİKA visited to Kyrgyzstan between the dates of 30 September-6 October 2013.



Distinguished Guests,

As the results of these visit and agreements three projects has been launched. These are;

  • Capacity Building for Sustainable Management of Mountain Watersheds in Central Asia and the Caucasus in Çuy Region.
  • The Project on Combating to Lymantaria dispar Destroying the Walnut and Other Fruits in Kyrgyzstan in Osh Region.
  • The Project on Capacity Building on Preparing Ecosystem Based Forest Management Plans with Using Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing Techniques in national level.


Besides these ongoing projects some preparations have been made on;

  • Fast Growing Poplar and Willow Trees,
  • Nursery Modernization,


Esteemed participants, Distinguished Guest,

Turks and Kyrgyz are two brotherly nations forever! There is not any problem between the governments but only friendship, cooperation and collaboration!


The citizens of the two countries are able to visit, to invest, to have education without any limitations.

Apart from the latest improvements, we have an original Kyrgyz village in Turkey, in Van and you have an original Turkish village in Oş, in Kökcar! They live in peace as equal citizens of the two countries.

We, as the foresters, are trying to contribute the friendship existing between the two nations and two states. We are trying to share with you our happiness emanating from the (expected) results of our projects here.

As the final words, I would like to thank again to all friends, all guest and distinguished representatives of the Ministries, Embassies, Organizations.

Thank you.


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