As part of its policy of meeting with local volunteers in each city, TEMA Foundation organised its fourth regional volunteering meeting on Saturday 7 May 2016 in Van, an ancient city in the eastern Turkey, where more than 150 TEMA Volunteers from the cities of Muş, Iğdır, Bingöl, Siirt, Bitlis, Ağrı and Van were gathered in.
The meeting started with the welcoming speech of Başak Yalvaç Özçağdaş, the head of the Volunteering and Field Coordination Department of TEMA Foundation. Following her speech, Chairwoman of the Board, Deniz Ataç and General Director Assoc. Prof. Barış Karapınar presented the last year’s achievements and future plans of the Foundation, concluding the morning session.
The afternoon session was organised with the support of Env.net project. First, Env.net project coordinator and climate policy officer Cem İskender Aydın first presented the env.net project and its past achievements, and then talked about climate justice and climate change. Following him, Atila Uras from UNDP-Turkey presented the Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) which were agreed upon by the United Nations in 2015.
The meeting was concluded with a Q&A session, addressing the questions of the volunteers about TEMA Foundation and its policies regarding environmental issues.