This sounds really really odd.
The head honcho in Turkmenistan wants to plant a massive cypress forest (planned to cover 1000 square km) - claiming that it will be a way to change the country's climate. (?)
I'm normally all for actions that mitigate climate change... but this guy's also busy building an artificial lake in the middle of the desert and an ice palace somewhere near the capital city. Oh yeah, and he'd like a ski resort too.
Now I don't know much about Turkmenistan but Wikipedia indicates that there's widespread internal poverty. Seems like building stuff like ice palaces is not the most helpful use of national funds?