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Ministry to build recreational facilities in protected forest area in Istanbul

Ministry to build recreational facilities in protected forest area in Istanbul

Aydos Forest in Istanbul’s Sultanbeyli district will be turned into a “picnic area” with the construction of restaurants, convenience stores, cafes, dressing rooms, toilets, walking areas and a parking lot, according to the Environment and Urban Planning Ministry

Comment(s)3/24/2017

Istanbul Municipality approves change on zoning plan in historical peninsula despite objections

Istanbul Municipality approves change on zoning plan in historical peninsula despite objections

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) has approved a change in its zoning plan for the city’s historical peninsula, despite objection from its local urban planning office, which claimed the new regulation would lead to “irreversible” outcomes.

Comment(s)2/21/2017

Key Istanbul water source at risk from illegal dumping

Key Istanbul water source at risk from illegal dumping

One of Istanbul’s most critical sources of water is threatened by illegal dumping that officials have had difficulty in preventing, according to municipal police and witnesses.

Comment(s)3/22/2017

World Health Organization report raises alarm about bad air in Turkish cities

World Health Organization report raises alarm about bad air in Turkish cities

Eight of the 10 cities with poor air pollution in Europe are from Turkey, according to data prepared from the World Health Organization on ultra-fine particles of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5s)

Comment(s)2/15/2017

Report warns of air pollution for Antalya

Report warns of air pollution for Antalya

A report from the city council of the southern province of Antalya on air quality has revealed that air pollution in the city exceeds both national and the European Union limit values.

Comment(s)3/12/2017

Turkey’s loss of wetlands exceeds size of Marmara over last 60 years: Report

Turkey’s loss of wetlands exceeds size of Marmara over last 60 years: Report

Turkey has lost wetland areas totaling 1.5 times the surface area of the Marmara Sea in the last 60 years, the Nature Foundation revealed in a study on Feb. 2, noting that there was little optimism that current measures would prevent further losses.

Comment(s)2/3/2017

Removal of Ankara building bearing tons of asbestos begins under strict measures

Removal of Ankara building bearing tons of asbestos begins under strict measures

The Ankara Municipality has taken wide measures against potential diffusion of asbestos to the air as part of the dismantling work for a decades-old factory in central Ankara, which is certified of bearing 350 tons of the carcinogenic material inside its building

Comment(s)2/28/2017

Environmentalists protest tramway construction in Istanbul’s Belgrade Forest

Environmentalists protest tramway construction in Istanbul’s Belgrade Forest

A group of environmentalists on Jan. 29 protested the planned construction of a tramway line that is expected to tear through Istanbul’s Belgrade Forest, Doğan News Agency has reported.

Comment(s)1/30/2017

Istanbul municipality to build school, culture center on coast of Golden Horn

Istanbul municipality to build school, culture center on coast of Golden Horn

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has prepared a new construction project on the coastline of Istanbul’s Golden Horn that will transform a 9,000 square-meter area with remnants of Ottoman-era armory depots into an education facility and a culture center, amid concerns that the area is at risk of flooding

Comment(s)2/24/2017

Turkish Forest Ministry local branch files criminal complaint after deadly Marmara oil spill

Turkish Forest Ministry local branch files criminal complaint after deadly Marmara oil spill

The local branch of the Forestry Ministry in the northwestern province of Kocaeli on Jan. 30 filed a criminal complaint against a port in the industrial Dilovası district, which led to the spillage of 100 tons of oil into the İzmit Gulf.

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