TRNC experts have warned that we should have a fire-fighting helicopter to control fires more promptly because it is expensive and is becoming harder to replace trees lost to fires.
The call for a helicopter came from the head of the Biologists’ Association, Niyazi Turkseven.
He pointed out that help from Turkey was often delayed because of approvals required or fires in Turkey which had priority, thus making it essential that the TRNC has its own helicopter.
There have also been calls for the law to be changed so that there are heavier punishments for starting forest fires.
Seedlings are difficult and expensive to grow because of the dry climate. We spend millions of TL every year building up seedlings only to see them go up in smoke.