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Manavgat Waterfall finally under protection

ANTALYA - Anatolia News Agency | 7/19/2009 12:00:00 AM |

Manavgat Waterfall has been declared a “natural asset that needs to be preserved,” but it is too little too late, according to an academic.

One of the most famous natural beauties of Turkey has been declared a “natural asset that needs to be preserved,” an official decision that bans all construction in the area, but one academic says it is too little too late.

The Antalya Cultural and Natural Assets Protection Board declared Manavgat Waterfall on the Manavgat River, located 3 kilometers north of Antalya’s Manavgat district, a “natural asset that needs to be preserved” in a meeting Friday. The board said in a written statement that “the white, foaming water of the Manavgat Waterfall flows powerfully over the rocks and the currents create a landscape worth seeing and preserving,” and that the waterfall is “a natural asset not only for Antalya and Turkey but for the world.”

The decision means that no construction will be allowed in the area surrounding the waterfall, but it is too late, according to Prof. Tuncay Neyişçi, president of the Mediterranean University Environmental Science Research Institute.

“The decision on the Manavgat Waterfalls should have been made years ago,” he told the Anatolia news agency. “Restaurants and paths have been built over the river in recent years. What good will it do to try to preserve an area that has already been damaged? The decision has come way too late.”

Manavgat Waterfall is formed by the stream that descends from the Toros (Taurus) Mountains. It presents a place of rare beauty for nature lovers and has a quite high flow rate. In summer and winter, with its very green surroundings, the waterfall gives visitors a nice resting place and picnic area. The river is also popular with boaters and boat tours are available.

The town’s old name and nearby river is Manauwa, but today the name is used with a slight change of pronunciation. In the Hellenic and Roman periods its name was Melas.



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