Turkey eyes to sell rights to manage forests It is better for Turkey to sell licenses to operate national forests because the state is doing a poor job of managing this public land, Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan said on Wednesday.

Non-state companies would do a better job running the millions of hectares of Turkish woodland, Unakitan said at an energy meeting on Wednesday.

Countries like Canada have sold such rights to companies that manage their forests better, Unakitan also said. "We had alienated the forests. How do the millions of hectares of Turkish woodland being operated? ... In my opinion, they are not operated well. Let the private sector enter in this area... Check how this is being done in Canada."

Turkish government has sold $27 billion of state assets since 2002 during Unakitan's period.