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International workshop on “Meteorology, sand and dust storm, combating desertification and erosion”

The Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion (ÇEM), with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD),Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS), General Directorate of Forestry (OGM), are organizing a workshop on “Meteorology, Sand and Dust Storm, Combating Desertification and Erosion”. The workshop will take place from 4 to 7 October in Istanbul. The workshop is supported by Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

The objective of the workshop is capacity building through sharing the knowledge of Turkey on combating desertification and land degradation. The workshop is also an opportunity for key players from the West Asia and the North Africa region to collectively review and provide input to a draft policy on on Sand and Dust Storms which is under development.

The workshop is open to two representatives from each country invited by The General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion (ÇEM) and one representatives from each country invited by Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS). (see the below link for eligible countries). The workshop is aimed at related decision makers, meteorologist and NGO’s involved in the management of environmental problems related to afforestation, dust and sand storm, erosion control, desertification and forestry.

The deadline for application is 15 August 2016. For more information and application, download the documents.

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Application form

Eligible countries (Annex I)

Eligible countries (Annex II)​


For more information of the workshop, contact: Ms. Guleser Avcioglu (; Mr. Ali Kucumen (; Ms. A. Gokcen Isik (


The workshop is part of the Ankara Initiative which was launched at the last UNCCD Conference of the Parties (COP12). The Initiative supports the global sustainable development agenda and leverage the lessons learned from Turkey’s past experience and approaches to land management.


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