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Minister of Environment Erdoğan Bayraktar opens a park in Istanbul. AA photo

Minister of Environment Erdoğan Bayraktar opens a park in Istanbul. AA photo

On World Environment Day, Minister of Environment and Urban Planning Erdoğan Bayraktar said Turkey was more advanced than Europe on environmental issues.

Bayraktar was speaking at a park opening ceremony which was the part of the World Environment Day events held yesterday in Istanbul.

“The world is a small planet and polluted easily, but when it gets dirty it is not easy to clean. Europe has polluted its land with industrialization. They gathered in Stockholm in 1972 and said ‘the world is getting polluted, global warming and the greenhouse effect are increasing. Where will this lead?’ Petrol, fossil fuel, and coal are leaving carbon dioxide in the air which risks the lives of all creatures.

That’s why they established World Environment Day. The world is spending large amounts of money to keep the world clean, but even under these conditions we are much more advanced than Europe,” Bayraktar said.

Third bridge

Bayraktar also gave information about the park that was being opened. A unit of area equal to 24,000 square meters was used for the park he said, adding that 10,000 square meters were green-field.

“We are trying to open some free space for our people to breath. Fatih is one of the oldest settlements in the world. In the age of the Byzantine Empire, this area used to be a great underground tank, with a big effort we have turned this place into a park,” he said.

Bayraktar then attended a symposium on urban transformation at Koç University, where he responded to criticism on the third bridge project on the Bosphorus. “The third bridge is crucial for Istanbul. It will contribute to Turkey’s economy while enriching Istanbul’s green fields,” the minister said.


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Murat U

9/16/2012 8:07:17 PM

I wonder if he will also label the pending 'doğal hayvan parks' as a utopia for street dogs and cats far superior to any European initiative for animal welfare. These parks will be little more than concentrated extermination camps.


8/2/2012 6:46:35 PM

The majority of Turks haven't visited Europe and so unfortunately can't compare for themselves; his statements are for their benefit only. Those who can afford to travel will be laughing their socks off at this. I hope Turks are watching the Olympics at the moment - you can't see rubbish strewn throughout the countryside, or smoke billowing from buildings in the city - fly tipping has been handled and in our homes we are required to recycle and keep 3 bins in our kitchen for the purpose.

Mehmet Sandal

7/28/2012 2:03:07 AM

The minister is my candidate for joker of the year.

michele suzanne

7/6/2012 3:41:15 AM

My! He sounds like a second-grader!

sam stevens

7/5/2012 11:51:30 AM

What a ridiculous thing to say. I am beginning to see a pattern here..... Turks like flattery,the EU & many others know it,so the way into the Turkish mind is give them what they like & then you get what you want from them !

Blue Dotterel

7/3/2012 5:21:24 PM

Turkey could be more green, if it invested in renewable energy. Coal, natural gas, and Nuclear thermoelectric plants not only cause problems with air pollution, but waste enormous amounts of water for cooling. Turkey is not a particularly water rich state. Solar and wind energy cause far less air pollution, and waste very little water in comparison. Also, its raw material doesn't need to be imported.

Michael Johnson

7/3/2012 7:41:46 AM

Obviously, this Minister has never been to places like Austria, Switzerland or Germany. As one who works environmental issues for NATO here in Turkey, I can tell you Turkey is decades behind in environmental protection. Another case of an AKP functionary trying to convince you the emperor does indeed have clothes on.

Chas Spencer

7/3/2012 4:50:11 AM

The good ministeruses childish logic by twisting the situation for Self-agrandisment. I reality it is very simple, ledss industrialization=less POLUTION and not the other way around!

Ex Patriot

6/17/2012 6:55:19 PM

Erm...I wonder if he has ever been to Europe...The minute you get off the plane in Istanbul or Ankara, it takes you at least 2 hours to get used to the polluted air. Symptoms: Hard to breathe, burning throat, tiredness, feeling sick... The general idea of them being green is to cut down forests, sell the land to their pals and pay them to build concrete parks with trees planted in them...

mara mcglothin

6/8/2012 5:21:34 PM

JRC Yo must have meant "enrich some of his relatives that are involved". Istanbul is sunk without this forest. It is simple. Only in Turkey.
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