Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Türkiye.
Curated from various news sources.
A new breath for the future: Türkiye’s forestation drive returns
Türkiye on Friday marked National Forestation Day as thousands of saplings were planted across the country and abroad during events organized by the Ministry of Forestry and Agriculture.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry organized nationwide planting events under the theme of “Breath for the Century of Türkiye,” in line with the government’s ambitious vision for development.
The main event was attended by Vice President Fuat Oktay and Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Vahit Kirişçi in Ankara where about 100,000 saplings were planted in an area covering 2,023 square meters representing the centenary of the Republic of Türkiye, in the logo’s shape of the “Century of Türkiye.” Similar-shaped prospective forests were also planted in other provinces. Friday’s drive aimed to plant 4 million saplings in 1,023 locations in 81 provinces.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who plants a sapling on Nov. 11 every year, missed the national events this year but joined other country leaders of Turkic states who planted saplings in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand, where they came together for the 9th Organization of Turkic States (OTS) summit.
In Fethiye, 2023 saplings were planted in an event organised by the General Directorate of Forestry at 11.11 am in Değirmenbaşı Sapling Planting Area.
The event was attended by District Governor, Alper Balcı, members of the protocol, students and citizens.
Sources: Fethiye Kaymakamlığı/https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/a-new-breath-for-the-future-turkiyes-forestation-drive-returns/news
“The World” pays a visit to Fethiye
The 196 m-long Bahamas-flagged cruise ship of The World Of ResidenSea, arrived in Fethiye on Friday after leaving Marmaris port.
The cruise ship, carrying 181 passengers and 295 crew, was scheduled to stay in Fethiye for one day to give guests the chance to visit the town and its surroundings. The World departed for Antalya on Saturday.
MS The World is a private residential cruise ship operated like a condominium complex, with large apartments that can be purchased. Residents, from many countries, can live on board as the ship travels. Some residents choose to live on board full-time while others visit periodically throughout the year.
Türkiye set to ramp up fight against climate change in 2023
Türkiye has ratified the Paris climate agreement and is focusing on conforming to the European Union Green Deal as it plans to implement a number of projects across an array of fields from transportation to industry, agriculture and trade as of 2023.
The Ministry of Industry and Technology will carry out projects and create “Green Organized Industrial Zones (OIZs)” where electric vehicles will be produced in a bid to lower the country’s carbon emission rates and encourage a transition to a cleaner way of travel. The ministry will also prepare a noise map for areas where 3 million vehicles pass annually after determining noise levels on main roads.
Action Plans for Adaptation to Climate Change will include the reduction of carbon emissions, carbon-free airports, green transformation of railways, and an ecosystem-oriented food production model.
Patent application filed for Cleopatra’s youth elixir in Tarsus
A café owner in the southern province of Mersin’s Tarsus district has applied to get a patent for the youth elixir of Egypt’s queen Cleopatra who became the main theme of a festival held in the district.
The first International Tarsus Festival organized by Mersin Metropolitan Municipality for the promotion of the district was held with the theme of “Year of Cleopatra” as the Egyptian queen and the Roman emperor candidate Marcus Antonius met in the district.
During the three-day festival attended by 27 countries, the visitors tasted the youth elixir, believed to be drunk by Cleopatra for immortality, prepared with medicinal plants growing in the highlands of the Taurus Mountains.
Serpil Demir, the owner of a café in the region, prepared the elixir as a drink option on the menu and has applied to obtain a patent for this special elixir, which is unique only to Tarsus, with the support of the authorities in the region.
Teesside Airport confirms new flights to Dalaman
Teesside Airport has added another sunny holiday destination to its departure lounge as demand in European getaways increases.
Passengers will be able to fly to Türkiye’s Turquoise Coast in 2024 with a new flight to Dalaman.
The weekly route will fly to and from Teesside every Tuesday from 28 May until 17 September. The flights offer locals the opportunity of visiting the sandy beaches of Marmaris and Ölüdeniz as well as scenic bays along the south-western edge of Türkiye.
The announcement of the holiday favourite comes after TUI revealed it is doubling the number of Teesside flights to Palma, Majorca, in summer 2023. This will mean more flexibility on stays. The two flights a week to Majorca are also on sale now for 2024.
TUI flights to Antalya are also on sale for next summer, operating every Thursday from 25 May to 21 September. Temperatures top an average of 35C in the height of summer in Türkiye.
TUI is set to offer a number of free kids’ places as part of its summer 2024 holiday programme. Holiday bookings can also see costs spread with a £0 deposit available when people pay via Direct Debit.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor joined the rest of Türkiye to pay their respects to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on the 84th anniversary of his death on Nov. 10.
Fethiyespor lost their home match against Uşakspor on Sunday. The final score was 0-2.
Fethiyespor remains at 12th place on the league table with 14 matches played.
Sunday 20th November away against Balıkesirspor. The kick-off is at 14:00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 21.96 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 21.11 TL.
The US Dollar bought 18.59 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 18.55 TL.
The Euro bought 19.26 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 18.51 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth