The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats (TEMA)
The TEMA Foundation (The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats) was founded in 1992 by Hayrettin Karaca and Nihat Gökyiğit with the mission to create effective and conscious public opinion on environmental problems, specifically soil erosion, deforestation, desertification, climate change and biodiversity loss.
TEMA has the following objectives:
Increase awareness of environmental problems; engage in capacity building for their solution. Promote protection of natural habitats and ecosystem conservation of water resources and vegetative cover of the soil, sustainable use of agricultural lands and rangelands. Support establishment of national policies friendly to the protection of biodiversity, sustainable use of lands and rational management of water resources. Develop models for action to combat soil erosion in impoverished rural areas of Turkey and inspire the implementation of similar models in other parts of the country. Establish the necessary organization and legislation with the support of volunteers in order to achieve the goal of stopping soil erosion. To fulfill its mission, TEMA operates at local, national and international level. It implements educational activities, organizes awareness raising events and campaigns for community mobilization and empowerment. It implements model projects of various scale and intervenes on government policies for proper environmental protection and conducts legal activities, both by legislation drafting and through its lawsuits. While actively influencing and accelerating the processes at local and national level, through its strong international links, TEMA follows the international agenda and links the global perspective to local and national one.
TEMA Foundation, celebrating its 20th anniversary, is now Turkey’s largest and leading environmental NGO, already serving with over 450,000 supporters and 555 regional voluntary representatives. Over 100 scientists and legal advisors offer their time and expertise voluntarily. 138 employees are engaged on a full time basis.