The downgrading of the protected status of various areas in Ayvalık is among the latest attempts by the government to incentivize development projects in the region, a troubling trend that has threatened natural areas throughout the country. The authorities also want to downgrade the protected status of a significant section of Cunda Island, according to Ayvalık Nature Platform director Nebahat Dinler.
Construction for a state-funded "People's Garden" picked up pace around Lake Salda, often dubbed "the Maldives of Turkey," a local environmental group reported. There's currently ongoing litigation concerning the project, as no environmental impact assessment was conducted.
A fire that erupted on the side of a road to the beach devoured some 50 vehicles, stranding vacationers who had driven to İzmir's Ekmeksiz Beach on Aug. 24. Although the source remains unknown, the flames reportedly devoured some 10 hectares of land. "I don't know how we're going to get back. Our bags, money, cards. They all burned. I don't even have home keys. Everything burned," a beach-goer said.
Just as “détente” seemed to be in the cards for Turkey and Greece, things soured once more. And they soured big time.
Four migrants are missing after a boat sank off of Turkey's Aegean coast in the early morning of June 28. While coast guard rescued 35 migrants off of the sinking boat, the search for the missing four is ongoing.
Relations between Turkey and the European Union may indeed be back on track, but which track is that exactly? Just when I had given credit to EU-Turkey rapprochement, despite my usually pessimistic self, the usual flare-ups with Greece started up again.
Western Turkey's top vacation destination Bodrum will be welcoming visitors again, the mayor said, after two months of discouraging visitors from coming to the coastal town. Mayor Ahmet Aras noted that at the moment Bodrum hospitals are at low occupancy, and that critical care units in the area are nearly empty.
The president of İGAM, an Ankara-based immigration think tank, has warned against possible cases of Alan Kurdi in the Aegean Sea if refugee crossings are to increase following Turkey's statement that it will no longer stop refugees from reaching Europe.