The Aegean Region which is in the west of Turkey has a typical Mediterranean climate and flora. İzmir which is the third biggest city of Turkey and is also an important commercial harbor is the capital of the region.
Industrialist Mr. Cem Bakioğlu, started out in 1995 to save the arid appearance of İzmir caused by excessive housing and forest fires. By mobilizing Bakioğlu Group of Companies, Bakioğlu Forest which has 40 thousand saplings in an area of 70 hectares around Adnan Menders Airport was liberated. Two thousand nature fans who participated to the sapling planting ceremony of the forest, have constituted the synergy which further caused the Aegean Forest Foundation to be founded by Mr. Cem Bakioğlu.
The Aegean Forest Foundation is a voluntary foundation which has been founded with the principle of planting trees, saving the forests and makes the green conscious to be widespread in every part of the society. Planting Works are carried out at the borders of State Forests or in some areas which belong to public bodies. The planted saplings are being upkept until they become a tree and a natural part of the forest.