TEMA benefit unites artists to support environmental education in Turkey
A successful fundraising campaign, organized by the Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats (TEMA), brought together celebrities on national television to raise funds for environmental education.
TEMA is one of biggest environmental NGOs in Turkey, supported by thousands of volunteers. It has been the the first NGO to identify and publicize soil erosion as a serious threat to the country’s environment as well as to its economic and social life. The foundation has achieved significant national impact with the help of volunteers who planted millions of saplings and tree seeds across the country. The foundation also implements livelihood projects along with advocacy and education programs that include training for farmers in soil science and technical issues.
For over twenty years, TEMA has carried out environmental education programs with the help of volunteer teachers who work with school children to build their understanding of nature and the role they can play as the caretakers and nurturers of the Earth. In 2012, the foundation received the UNCCD Land for Life Award for its continuous efforts in promoting the sustainable land management.