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New tender opens for Turkey’s remote Aegean idyll Göcek bays, despite court order

New tender opens for Turkey’s remote Aegean idyll Göcek bays, despite court order

Five months after a local court ordered a stay of execution regarding tenders to rent forested bays on one of Turkey’s most beautiful coasts for 29 years, a new tender has been opened to rent out the same areas for 10 years

Comment(s) 8/28/2015

‘Green Road’ construction restarted despite lack of permit

‘Green Road’ construction restarted despite lack of permit

The construction of a controversial 2,600-kilometer road project to connect highland areas in eight provinces in northern Turkey has been restarted after a 42-day halt despite vociferous opposition from locals and environmental advocates, as well as the lack of an official permit and an ongoing case against the project.

Comment(s) 8/21/2015

Floodwater reveals illegal dumping site in Black Sea town

Floodwater reveals illegal dumping site in Black Sea town

Catastrophic rain that killed eight people in the Black Sea region of Artvin has revealed an illegal dumping site, as floodwater dragged piles of garbage towards the coast.

Comment(s) 8/27/2015

Ankara green area faces threat of more construction

Ankara green area faces threat of more construction

A large green area in Ankara, which contains a historical public building and thousands of trees, faces the threat of deforestation with a new amendment allowing up to 10 times more construction in the area

Comment(s) 8/18/2015

Catastrophic flood sparks debate on environmental misconduct in northern Turkey

Catastrophic flood sparks debate on environmental misconduct in northern Turkey

With the Black Sea province of Artvin suffering floods after disastrous rain and landslides that killed eight people, experts believe the many hydroelectric power plants being constructed in the area and clogged culverts triggered the deadly phenomenon

Comment(s) 8/26/2015

Popular bay area destroyed by stone quarries in western Turkey

Popular bay area destroyed by stone quarries in western Turkey

Stone excavation activities in the Saros Bay area of northwestern Turkey are destroying green spaces, turning them into deforested and smoke-covered land, pictures taken by a paragliding pilot reveal

Comment(s) 8/17/2015

Wind power plant project halted in Aegean village after protests

Wind power plant project halted in Aegean village after protests

A local court has ruled to halt the construction of a wind power plant in Ovacık village, which lies within the Urla district of the Aegean province of İzmir, after villagers protested against the felling of trees in a forest

Comment(s) 8/25/2015

Road project protesters searched by authorities in northern Turkey

Road project protesters searched by authorities in northern Turkey

Local residents who protested the construction of a 2,600-kilometer road project planned to connect upland areas in eight provinces in the Black Sea region have been comprehensively searched with trained dogs by gendarmerie forces in Rize province while heading to a local festival

Comment(s) 8/10/2015

‘Green Road’ construction protested in Rize

‘Green Road’ construction protested in Rize

A group of protesters read a press statement near the Rize Governor’s office against the decision to resume the construction of a road project in the Black Sea region

Comment(s) 8/24/2015

Environmentalists probed for hindering mining work in Turkey’s northeast

Environmentalists probed for hindering mining work in Turkey’s northeast

An investigation has been launched against six people who allegedly blocked off a road in several upland areas in the Black Sea province of Artvin to prevent mining activities, which several rights groups and environmental organizations say will destroy the region’s ecosystem

Comment(s) 8/7/2015

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