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Greening of the planet is an international ecological project aimed at conducting a large-scale tree planting, raising the environmental awareness of people and drawing attention to the biggest problem of the century – global climate change.

The initiative commenced in Ukraine in 2020. In the framework of the project, almost 2 million trees were planted in one day, having 50,000 Ukrainians involved. That day, 10 countries joined the project as a sign of solidarity. In April 2021, 138 countries joined the Greening of the Planet project and more than 10 million trees were planted. We also have an event of planting trees in honor of the liquidators of the Chernobyl catastrophe.

We have planted several alleys, dedicated to: world peace, diplomats, freedom of speech and engaged famous stars of Ukrainian show business We conducted a competition of children’s drawings on the subject of environmental protection in order to form a positive attitude of youth towards the nature.

Greening of the planet is our eco-history that unites people regardless of age, gender, nationality or any other affiliation for a single goal: restoration of the Earth’s ecosystem Register on our website and become a participant of the project Only together we can do more!

Official website: https://greeningplanet.org/

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Rivne region has joined the global initiative “Greening of the planet”

Everyone has joined their efforts in the Rivne region in the framework of the “Greening of the planet” project: government, business and the public. In fact, that is why we have managed to show a result, exceeding all expectations.

293,018 trees have been planted in the region with the support from the foresters! And the process of planting trees is still ongoing! People are happy and grateful for such an initiative and the opportunity to contribute to the joint success history of people around the world!

Locations where trees were planted: Shevchenko Park, Khimik Park, Ostvytsia settlement, “Na Shchaslyvomu” residential complex, all hromadas, large cities and small villages.

“People are just incredible, we didn’t even expect such activity. Everyone worked together: the government was providing assistance, the business was funding us, adults were planting and children were having fun. April 10 was wonderful a wonderful day! This is just the beginning of our great joint success history!”, said Iryna Tesliuk, a member of the supervisory board of «Rivne People’s Club Veres» PJSC, a co-organizer of the Greening of the Planet project.

Project coordinator Kateryna Yevushko added: “We live in an period of rapid technological progress. Currently, ecology is a way of life and a way of thinking. When it comes to ecology, it’s not about changing our lives, but about saving them! This is the real purpose of the “Greening of the Planet” project. I am glad to be a part of a new era of conscious people.”

The project partners in Rivne region were: Verallia factory, AutoPlus, Inter-Beton, “Rivne house”, Ecofriendly, Ukrteplo, Neolit.

The organizer of the project “Greening of the Planet” is the Ukrainian Charitable Foundation “Greening of Ukraine”, founded by Serhii Haidaichuk – President of the largest business club, which brings together Ukrainian business leaders “CEO Club Ukraine” and Hanna Krysiuk – President of the International Women’s Business Club “Business Woman Club”. With the support of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the State Agency of Forest Resources of Ukraine.

The Turkish public organization “Black Sea Association of Ukrainians” has joined the “Greening of the Planet”

The Turkish public organization “Black Sea Association of Ukrainians” has joined the global environmental project “Greening of the Planet
 and has contributed to the restoration of the planet’s ecosystem.

On April 10, the Head of the Consular Section of Ukrainian Embassy in the Republic of Turkey – Andriy Bilyk and Lyudmila Shymko, chairman and ideological leader of the public organization “Black Sea Association of Ukrainians” took part in the action that took place in the large park of Samsun city – “Alanlı Mesire Yeri”, which was designated for picnics and promenades. The event was held with the support from the representatives of the Ukrainian community, along with the mayor of Samsun, Orman İşletme Müdürlüğü Menderes Özkolay and the representatives of Samsun forestry, the TEMA VAKFI Leman GÜRSES Foundation, the mayor of the Atacum district, Cemil Deveci, and the deputy Şeref Aydın, as well as Turkish and Ukrainian media. Together, they have planted such trees as linden and Judas tree with a total number of 50.

Sir Consul, Andriy Bilyk, noted that the Ukrainian community is planning to plant viburnum!

We are grateful to the project coordinator in Turkey, Ms. Vita Mykhailova, the head of the “Black Sea Association of Ukrainians”, who is also the foreign office director of the “Business Woman” magazine in Turkey. We commend You for the partnership and cooperation!

The establishment of Alley, dedicated to the freedom of speech in the framework of the “Greening of the Planet” project

The alley, dedicated to the freedom was set in the park near Georgy Gongadze’s monument in Kyiv as part of the global environmental project “Greening of the Planet”.

The initiators of this Alley are the “Greening of Ukraine” charitable foundation and the Ukrainian Pravda online edition.

Participants in the launch of the Alley were: the initiators of the landscaping project – Serhii Haidaichuk, president of the business club “CEO Club Ukraine” and Hanna Krysiuk, president of the international women’s business club “Business Woman Club”; Sevgil Musayeva, editor-in-chief of Ukrainian Pravda; Alex Lenaerts, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belgium to Ukraine; Oleksandr Kharchenko, General Director of Ukrinform Agency; Iryna Asman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC “Cartel”, journalists and other representatives of news agencies.

Hanna Krysiuk, co-founder of the “Greening of Ukraine” Charitable Foundation, said: “Today we are planting maples and sakura trees. The maple is a cult tree, a talisman, a symbol of prosperity, order, unity, peace and comfort, permanence, kindness and masculinity, and sakura is a traditional symbol of femininity and beauty. We have planted the male and female trees together, because male mind and female perseverance work miracles. “

 “It is important to remember that history of our civil society is not just about the Maidan, but is rather about daily hard work, about people’s with the sole goal. There are many fine stories when Ukrainians made positive changes through the joint efforts of those, who were willing to change. A good example of such story is our project “Greening of the Planet”, which we conduct annually. We have succeeded, because there are still a lot of eco-conscious people. We are grateful to everyone who joins us”, said Serhii Haidaichuk, co-founder of the Greening of Ukraine Charitable Foundation.

The editor-in-chief of Ukrainian Pravda, Sevgil Musayeva, noted that the anniversary of their edition  coincides with the event of planting trees in the Alley, that’s why it is so significant: “Today we establish the Alley dedicated to the Freedom of Speech near the monument to Georgy Gongadze, because he is the essence of freedom of speech in Ukraine. At the same time, Greening of the Planet project is considered to be the essence of people’s unification in the willingness of positive changes for the preservation of our future. We are glad to join this initiative and to serve you as information suppliers. We express our appreciation to everyone involved for your professionalism, civic stance, kind words, dedicated work and understanding of our responsibility to the environment. “

On April 10, the environmental action “1 million trees for 1 day in 100 countries of the world” was held throughout Ukraine and in 103 countries worldwide within the framework of the global environmental project “Greening of the Planet”. The results of the Promotion will be announced on April 22.

The scope of Greening of the Planet project is to draw attention to the problems of global warming and the restoration of the planet’s ecosystem, to form a positive international image of Ukraine through a joint history of success and unification of people around the world.

The project is organized by the Ukrainian Charitable Foundation “Greening of Ukraine”. With the support of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the State Agency of Forest Resources of Ukraine.

More than 48,000 trees have been planted in the Khmelnytsky region

Trees and saplings were planted in the Khmelnytsky region throughout  14 locations within the framework of the “Greening of the planet” project. They were planted within the territory of the: “Tin Impex” LLC, “Podilsky Cement” JSC, gymnasium named after V. Krasytsky №1, Khmelnytsky City Hospital, Rudansky Square, Humanitarian and Pedagogical Academy, Dubivsky Park, Regional State Administration, Minkovets Arboretum, Khmelnytsky National University, where the Garden of Memory of M. Voynarenko was established, children’s preschool educational institutions, “Family Comfort” orphanage, hromadas of Dunayevo and Shepetivka. There were also some planting locations in Krakow (Poland) and Sofia (Bulgaria).

Kindergartens, schools, universities, forestry agencies, politicians, public organizations, deputies, and business representatives from 10 communities took part in the planting. In Khmelnytsky, the following organizations were involved: “Kalinonka” preschool institution, the Regional State Administration, the “Mozhu” public organization, the Humanitarian and Pedagogical Academy, gymnasium named after V. Krasytsky №1, Children’s City Hospital, COMFY Company, Khmelnytskoblenerho JSC, “Be a WOMAN” public organization, “Family Comfort” public organization, “La piece” Company, “Solidarity of Khmelnytsky Region’s Youth” public organization.

A total of 585 people participated in the planting. The planted species were: thuja, pines, chestnut tree, firs, oaks, lindens, birches, maples, yews, ginkgo biloba, forsythia, paradise apples, magnolias, lilacs, sakuras.

The action was held with the support from 10 forestry agencies of Khmelnytsky region and the National Natural Park “Small Polissya”, which belongs to the sphere of management of the state forest agency. A total of 44,164 seedlings were planted on the territory of 12.6 hectares by 155 people. The youngest participant was a 3-year-old Sofia.

“Trees not only refresh the air, but also shape the planet’s climate. They recycle harmful emissions, maintain soil fertility, serve as a home for various animals and birds, provide food and a healthy environment. Trees can really be called the lungs of our planet. After all, this is a real “factory” that produces the oxygen. When a tree absorbs carbon dioxide by the leaves, as well as water and sunlight, it creates starch and other nutrients, and at the same time releases oxygen necessary for all living creatures”- said Alina Skomorokhova, co-organizer of” Greening of the Planet “in Khmelnytsky region.

“Nowthe whole world is on the verge of global climate challenges. That is why it is important for us to unite all people around the greening of the planet. It is important for everyone to realize that even one separate tree affects the future of our children! We form people’s eco-consciousness! We are changing the world for the better! ”- said the regional coordinator, Oksana Omelchak.

The organizer of the project “Greening of the Planet” is the Ukrainian Charitable Foundation “Greening of Ukraine”, founded by Serhii Haidaichuk – President of the largest business club, which brings together Ukrainian business leaders “CEO Club Ukraine” and Hanna Krysiuk – President of the International Women’s Business Club “Business Woman Club”. With the support of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the State Agency of Forest Resources of Ukraine.

The Consulate General of Ukraine in Lublin has joined the “Greening of the Planet” project.

The Consulate General of Ukraine in Lublin headed by Consul General V. Pavliuk and the servicemen of the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade “LITPOLUKRBRIG” took part in the World-wide Environmental Action initiated by Ukraine “Greening the Planet” on April 10, 2021.

Three trees were been planted in Lublin, but they are planning to increase the number of contributions to the planet’s climate improvement annually.

As part of this action, the organizing public organization of Ukraine “Greening the Planet” is planning to plant 1 million trees in one day, including participants from all Ukrainian regions and partners abroad -embassies and consulates of Ukraine, and the community. The initiative is a wonderful unifying event, based on the universal values ​​of planet’s preservation for our next generations!

The organizer of the project “Greening of the Planet” is the Ukrainian Charitable Foundation “Greening of Ukraine”, founded by Serhii Haidaichuk – President of the largest business club, which brings together Ukrainian business leaders “CEO Club Ukraine” and Hanna Krysiuk – President of the International Women’s Business Club “Business Woman Club”. With the support of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the State Agency of Forest Resources of Ukraine.

Bulgarians foster children to love nature on the example of “Greening of the Planet” project

The Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Bulgaria took part in the global environmental project “Greening the Planet”. Ambassador V. Moskalenko, Chairman of the Ukrainian organizations association in Bulgaria O. Kotseva, children of the Ukrainian Club in Sofia and employees of the Embassy joined the initiative.

The participants of the event share the same purpose to draw attention to the issues of global warming and restoration of planet’s ecosystem. Under this project, participants have made a modest contribution to the restoration of the ecosystem and the preservation of environment – they have planted trees on the territory of the embassy. As the event was is designed to young Ukrainians, much attention was paid to teach children to respect the nature. The participants have stressed that it is extremely important to appreciate and preserve the green treasure of our planet. Everyone has put their blood and sweat into a common cause so that the whole world can benefit.

“Global climate change is one of the most menacing environmental problems of the present. In order to stop this phenomenon and restore the ecosystem, we must act vigorously. Environmental awareness and the desire to improve the global environmental situation are very important, because we do not just contribute to the nature, we also help ourselves. Trees clean the air, mitigate the climate change, and promote biodiversity. Every tree is a contribution to the future of our next generations and our planet. We are sincerely glad to join the project “Greening the planet”. We have to be aware of the ecological future,”said Alina Belikova, Third Secretary of Ukrainian Embassy in the Republic of Bulgaria and a co-organizer of the project in Bulgaria.

Through the coordinated work, 7 trees were planted – 5 fruit trees and 2 coniferous trees. The participation in the project has become a sign of concern for the ecology and the environment.

The organizer of the project “Greening of the Planet” is the Ukrainian Charitable Foundation “Greening of Ukraine”, founded by Serhii Haidaichuk – President of the largest business club, which brings together Ukrainian business leaders “CEO Club Ukraine” and Hanna Krysiuk – President of the International Women’s Business Club “Business Woman Club”. With the support of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the State Agency of Forest Resources of Ukraine.

Greening of the Planet: Almost the whole Zakarpattia region has joined the project.

The best thing we can do for people is to take care of them and support them as they grow. The best thing we can do for an idea is to implement it and continue to scale it later. One such idea is ​​”Greening of Ukraine” project, which has united all Ukrainians for a single purpose last year – to enrich our country through joint efforts and plant one million trees in one day.

The action “Greening the planet” was held on a large scale in the Zakarpattia region. Every part of the region was involved in planting trees in forests, communities and educational institutions, which were committed the most. In particular, 352 educational institutions, 37 kindergartens and educational complexes, as well as 13 out-of-school institutions planted more than 3,000 trees: maples, lindens, spruces, pines, walnut trees, beeches, oaks (in forests), hazels, fruit trees and shrubs.

The project coordinator in the Zakarpattia region is Hanna Meleganych, Associate Professor of the Faculty of History and International Relations, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development of Uzhhorod National University, Chairman of the “Megasocium” organization.

We are grateful to the volunteers and patrons, who had managed to purchase 97 fruit trees for 24 family-type orphanages.

The successful outcome of this action is also confirmed by the children’s drawing contest on the “Tree planting” topic, As the organizing committee received more than 2,000 drawings from children in kindergartens and schools in the region. Thus, even if these children did not plant any trees, they had the opportunity to reflect upon the essence and purposes of this project.

25 condominiums of Uzhhorod city have taken part and planted almost 400 trees in their neighborhoods,while volunteers haveplanted the longest stripe of limes in Europe along the coast of Uzh River.

The Keretsk community of Khust district has decided to restore the tourist location and start a green zone at the geographical center of Zakarpattia region.

People have planted numerous trees at Shevchenkivska alley in the Nizhne Solotvyno village of Uzhhorod city district, which has reunited many artists of Zakarpattia region.

The organizing committee of Zakarpattia region consisted entirely of women, who had significant experience in the public sector within their areas of competence. Every large-scale project brings together the participants, but it can also separate them. If we talk about the main team “Greening of Zakarpattia region “, it has achieved an additional and important outcome – a new women’s initiative “Our move” was established. The society always had numerous demands, that were frequently falling upon the women. In order to find an answer: who is responsible for the activities, the answer will be pretty simple. “Our move” is a union of girls and women of different ages who understand exactly that unity is the strength, especially if it is based on common values.

Anna Sabadosh, responsible for cooperation with partners in the regional organizing committee, said the following: “I support the greening movement, because I understand how exhausted our planet is: both globally and within the country. We want to draw people’s attention to the environmental situation of air pollution, deforestation, floods and landslides, and would like show how coming together for a common purpose can create a joint success story in the country and a positive international image. After all, the Greening of the Planet project is not just about planting trees and not taking care it, it is about maintaining the plantations, joint actions and support. People should set good examples, debunk the stereotype that everything about our country is bad and life will never change for the better, especially in the field of ecology and nature conservation. They say that in order to achieve grand scopes, you have to move gradually, in our case we are vigorously moving towards the positive changes together! ”

Svitlana Samoilyuk, coordinator of the action in Mukachevo said: “We always leave a trace on the Earth and it only depends on us, how it will look like. Our planet has always worried about us. Now is the time for us to take care of it, to cherish it and appreciate it. This is exactly what the citizens of Mukachevo did by actively joining the international project Greening of the Planet. “

We always rely on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular on article №17 – Partnership for Sustainable Development, and it is not the first time we are convinced of the importance of its observance in each sphere of life.

The project partners in the Zakarpattia region are: Zakarpattia Regional Department of Forestry and Hunting, Women’s Initiative “Our move”, Travel Agency “Muse Travel”, National University of Uzhhorod city, “Holland Plant” LLC, “Traxler Development” Construction Company, Andrew Pivnya Charitable Foundation, “AVE” LLC, “Be Happy” Company, “Solar Energy” Company, “BOARD” Business Club, “Kraina” label, “Zeleny Varosh
 organization, MIMID organization, Uzhhorod Youth Council, Kolping Case organization, PADIYUN , Enigma Psychological Service, “Povna Banka” Company, “Happy Childhood” Charitable Foundation, “Life Bud” enterprise, Aqua City PE, enterprise, “Comfort” Company, “Perspective” enterprise, “Cinderella Cleaning” Company, Network pharmacies “DS”, “German Youth of Zakarpattia region ” organization, Charitable Foundation “Circulation of Good”.

The organizer of the project “Greening of the Planet” is the Ukrainian Charitable Foundation “Greening of Ukraine”, founded by Serhii Haidaichuk – President of the largest business club, which brings together Ukrainian business leaders “CEO Club Ukraine” and Hanna Krysiuk – President of the International Women’s Business Club “Business Woman Club”. With the support of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the State Agency of Forest Resources of Ukraine.

Ukrainian celebrities have planted the “Star Forest” as part of Greening of the planet project.

As part of the Greening of the Planet project, the Star Forest was established in Darnytskyi district of Kyiv on April 17, 2021 with the participation of Ukrainian celebrities and public figures: SKAY band leader, Oleh Sobchuk, Yevhen Klopotenko, Iryna Horova, Michel Andrade , Positiva, Nino Basilaya, Lida Lee, MONATIK Corporation, Andriy Hayat, Anna Trincher, Lyudmila Barbir, Ruslana Senichkina, Marichka Padalko, Kateryna Fine and others.

At the start of te event, the initiator of the “Greening of the Planet”, the president of the international women’s business club “Business Woman Club”, Hanna Krysiuk said:

“It is important for us that people from different fields of activity plant trees together. Today, the participants are the show business stars and media representatives, public figures. This involvement is very important, because they set an example to the children and the youth of how to restore our ecosystem and preserve the nature.

The partners of this event and co-initiators were MOZGI Group.

Iryna Horova, Co-founder and CEO of MOZGI GROUP, also planted a nominal tree along with other celebrities and noted: “For two years now, our group of companies have been supporting the Greening of the Planet initiative, which is an important issue of our philosophy and social responsibility. This time, we’ve decided to involve famous friends and partners in the action, who also care about the future of the country and the planet. After all, public figures and artists have the opportunity to speak loudly about problems that require attention and further consideration. Today we have done well, all together! ”

At the end of the action, the President of the largest business club “CEO Club Ukraine”, co-initiator of the project Serhii Haidaichuk commended the celebrities and partners for their participation, and also added that the initiative will gain a global vector in the future.

He said: “We plan to hold actions all around the world and to change the entire planet for the better. This is said, we are planning to plant millions of trees. In recent months, 138 countries have joined our initiative. And the business representatives have been strongly supporting us”.

The event also included a performance – a master class by renowned chef Yevhen Klopotenko, and made a presentation of an Ukrainian dish that has been submitted for consideration as an intangible piece of cultural heritage of UNESCO, called “Culture of Ukrainian borscht preparation”.

It is also notable that the initiators of the “Greening of the Planet” action are: the president of the largest business club “CEO Club Ukraine” Serhii Haidaichuk and the president of the international women’s business club “Business Woman Club” Hanna Krysiuk.

We would like to remind you that the global ecological project “Greening of the Planet” has started on March 11 and is still ongoing.

The ecological action was initiated by the Greening of Ukraine Charitable Foundation with the support of the Ministry of Environment, the State Forestry Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

The scope of “Greening of the Planet” is a large-scale landscaping of the planet and raising awareness of biggest problem of the century – the global climate change.

Greening of the planet is supported byUkrainians from Turkey

Vita Mykhailova, the leader of the “Greening the Planet” project in Turkey and the head of the public organization “Ukrainian Family” express their gratitude to the coordinators, partners and volunteers for the assistance provided and active participation! “We have managed to plant trees in five cities in Turkey (Antalya, Samsun, Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir), in Antalya there were two locations: in the Park of Ukrainian Culture and in the Döşemealtı district.”

During one of the events, Andriy Sibiga, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Turkey, said: “This is a symbolic“ rooting ”of Ukrainians on the Turkish soil. Thanks to your activities and such events, more and more Ukrainians visit Turkey! The civil activity of Ukrainians abroad has affects the positive image of our state and makes the ties between the states even stronger. “

Consul of Ukraine in Antalya, Emir Rustamov, said : “We plant trees along with the Ukrainian diaspora in Antalya – we are engaged in greening of the planet – and we encourage everyone to join us!”

“We are pleased to respond to your invitation and we are glad to join this action,” said the mayor of Bakirkoy district in Istanbul, Mr. Bulent Kerimoglu.

On March 8, 2021, the Consulate of Ukraine in Antalya, represented by Consul Emir Rustamov, the Black Sea Association of Ukrainians of Samsun (Karadeniz Ukraynalılar Derneği), the Association of Ukrainians of Izmir and the folk choir joined the planting event, as well as “Berehynia” (Ukrainian Saturday school), “Ukrainian family” organization,“Namysto” band of Alanya. The project also received support from the Antalya Forestry Administration, headed by Mr. Vedat Dikici. 100 red pine seedlings were planted. Several trees were also planted in the Park of Ukrainian Culture of the city of Antalya, during the event dedicated to the 207th anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko, as part of the “Greening the planet” project in honor of this memorable day. The saplings were provided by the Mayor of the Muratpaşa District of Antalya to Mr. Ümit Uysal

The city of Samsun joined the project on March 20, 2021. The event was supported by the Embassy of Ukraine in Turkey, by Consul Andriy Bilyk, “Black Sea Association of Ukrainians” organization in Samsun (Karadeniz Ukraynalılar Derneği), led by the head of the community, Lyudmila Shymko. The participants were grateful to receive the trees from Samsun Forestry Department and Mr. Mendres Özkolay, they also appreciate the support, provided by the Mayor of the Atakum District (T.C. Atakum Belediyesi,) Mr. Cemil Deveci.

The Embassy of Ukraine in Turkey joined the global environmental project in Ankara on April 6, 2021. The action took place in the park on Ukrainska Street. Participants: Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Andriy Sibiga and his wife Tatiana Sibiga, Embassy staff, representatives of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar communities, Head of the Foreign Affaires Directorate of the Cankaya City Hall, Ali Haydar Sonbay, the Ukrainians and the Turks. A total of 7 trees and 3 bushes were planted. From now on, the park will be decorated with trees that have a symbolic meaning for the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar peoples – viburnum, willow, oak, lilac, chestnut tree, spruce, juniper.

The employees of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Istanbul, led by Consul General, Oleksandr Haman, and Mr. Bülent Kerimoğlu, Mayor of Istanbul’s Bakirköy District, joined the planting as part of the project. 3 trees were planted in the park of the Bakirky district – linden, sycamore and Judas tree. During the conversation, Alexander Haman and Bulent Kerimoglu noted the importance of such projects for the preservation of planet’s ecology. “We are pleased to respond to your invitation and we are glad join this action,” said Mayor Bakirkyoya.

The Association of Ukrainians of Izmir joined the action On April 9, 2021. The community commended Mr. Uğur Semih Akdemir, an honorary member of the association for coordination, management, and transportation, and Mr. Mehmet Chapraz, Head of the Gaziemir Forestry District, for the provided seedlings, staff, and tour of the fire watchtower.

On April 12, 2021, we had the opportunity to plant a forest in Antalya! Dozens of saplings were planted with the support of the head of the Antalya forestry department, Mr. Vedat Dikici, with the participation of the Ukrainian consul in Antalya, Mr. Emir Rustamov, the head of the Ukrainian Family organization, Vita Mykhailova, and concerned Ukrainians. Forestry workers prepared the site, soil and equipment in advance, while the participants planted trees themselves. There were even families with children. The kids worked hard. They helped us to water the seedlings and to pour the soil. During the action, the head of the “Ukrainian Family” association, Vita Mykhailova, commended Mr. Vedat Dikiji and Mr. Emir Rustamov for their participation in the implementation of the “Greening the Planet” project in Turkey. Vedat Dikiji reported that a total of 1,600 seedlings were planted on the site, including 1,200 pistachio pines, 300 carob trees and 100 laurels. The community planted 150 trees.

On April 15, 2021, the community gathered in the Park of Ukrainian Culture in Antalya and planted 5 more trees: oak, Crimean cypress, willow, viburnum, lilac as symbols of the native land. The event was attended by the Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Andriy Sibiga and his wife, Tatiana Sibiga, Consul of Ukraine in Antalya Emir Rustamov, Consular Agent Serhiy Kayan, Head of the Ukrainian Family Community, Vita Mykhailova, Chairman of the «Mediterranean Association of Ukrainians», Natalia Karadja, Head of the «Ukrainian Society Culture and Arts» organization and “Berehynia ” choir, Olesya Merdzhan, Ukrainian athletes who were at a city’s training camp, led by Valery Lebedyuk, and concerned Ukrainians. The action commenced with the performance of the Ukrainian anthem, launched via QR code, embroidered by Tetyana Protcheva (head of the “Glow art” workshop). The ambassador noted that this is a symbolic “rooting” of Ukrainians on Turkish soil, after the opening of the Park of Ukrainian Culture and the establishment of the first and only bas-relief in Turkey of Taras Shevchenko. The community commended the Embassy of Ukraine in Turkey and the Ambassador, Andriy Sibiza for his permission to plant trees in the Muratpash district of Antalya, as well as Mr. Ümit Uysal, for the provision seedlings, raised on the Ukrainian soil. During the meeting, Vita Mikhailova, expressed her gratitude to Andriy Ivanovich Sibiza for participation in the project “Greening the Planet” and  awarded him the Order of International Cooperation.