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Environmentalists say no to mines

MARMARİS, Muğla - Doğan News Agency | 10/29/2009 12:00:00 AM |

Environmentalists continue to react against the recently granted mining permits for 42 new mines in an area that covers 48 percent of the acreage of Muğla province.

Environmentalists continue to react against the recently granted mining permits for 42 new mines in an area that covers 48 percent of the acreage of Muğla province in the Aegean region.

The Environment Volunteers of Marmaris organized a meeting and called for all the authorities who played a part in the granting of the permits to resign. The environmentalists reminded that Marmaris was a world-known tourism area alongside being the source of the 30 percent of the honeydew honey production.

İsmail Özbozdağ, president of the Marmaris Regional Acting Board of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies, or TÜRSAB, spoke at the gathering and said: “Ninety percent of Marmaris’ income is from tourism, which is 10 percent of Turkey’s total tourism income. You cannot ignore $2 billion of annual tourism income. No tourist would come to a mining area.”

Özbozdağ said an already present source would be destroyed for another that is unknown in terms of income, and added that it was the duty of every Marmaris citizen to stand against the mines.

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