The city council of the Karabun district has voiced its opposition a plan devised by the Izmir governorate to launch a tender for the rental of a geothermal field in the area. Reminding that Karaburun is home to around 120,00 olive trees, the council said geothermal energy plants in the nearby provinces of Aydın and Denizli have led to environmental destruction.
Environment and City Planning Minister Murat Kurum has stated that the purpose of recent draft legislation outlining the transfer of authority of several Bosphorus-adjacent districts to the central government was not to zone the areas around the strait for development, but to protect them and increase green spaces. Critics fear that if the legislation passes, a Bosphorus Ministry would be established, the president and deputy leaders of which would be appointed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Some 11 million saplings have been planted across Turkey during a mass campaign initiated by the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry. The country aims to break the world record for most trees planted in an hour.
Opposition CHP establishes nature rights observation committees following controversial decisions of gov’t
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has established nature rights observation committees in 60 of Turkey's 81 provinces, in an effort to increase the party's role in addressing environmental issues. In October, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed a declaration removing the national park status of the Göreme Valley National Park, which is in the heart of the Cappadocia region, among the country's most renowned tourist destinations.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has removed the national park status of Turkey's iconic Göreme Valley, in a decision published by the Official Gazette on Oct. 22. Göreme was declared a national park in 1986, and lies in the Cappadocia region, one of the country's most popular tourist destinations, famed for its natural beauty and famous 'fairy chimney' rock formations and millennium-old underground cave churches. Prior to receiving its national park status, Göreme was designated a UNESCO heritage site.
The Canadian mining company Alamos Gold has suspended its activities of extracting gold from a mine in Turkey's Kaz Mountains after the company's license was not renewed. This was seen as a victory for the activists, environmentalists, and concerned citizens who came out in staunch opposition to the mine, both launching campaigns on social media and demonstrating in the area.
Turkey's Salda Lake, which is known as the 'Maldives of Turkey' for its lush, blue waters and serene, natural environment. Though the lake was designated a protected area by a presidential decree earlier this year, experts say that a zoning plan designed by the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning threatens zone half of the protected area for development.
An environmental lawyer in Adana has filed a lawsuit in an administrative court to cancel the license of an area thermal power plant, claiming that it has caused significant harm to the environment and the people living the area. The involvement of Turkey's Presidency, Ministry of Health and NATO have been requested in the trial by the plaintiff.