Water grabbing in Lake Sapanca, Turkey

Akgun Ilhan, Entitle Blog, 9 July 2015, A landslide hazard on 30 May 2015 in the Lake Sapanca basin revealed the uncomfortable truth about the scale of illegal water grabbing in Turkey. Hundreds of buried pipes used by various water bottling companies for illegal extraction of water from Lake Sapanca were laid bare. [Read More…]  Read More →

What is in a park?

Source: Researchturkey.org – 2 June 2013 – “Imagine … the dawn of the 13th day of the occupation … you’re tired, not sleeping or eating too great … you’ve been harassed, maybe tear gassed and beaten. [Read More…]  Read More →

International Rivers Conference exposes global impact of dam industry

Source: Doga Dernegi, 19 May 2013, Dam-affected communities and international conservation organizations from South America, the Middle East, Europe, the US, and Africa come together today at the International Rivers Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, to debunk the myth of mega-dams as ‘clean’ energy. [Read More…]  Read More →

International activists block Ilisu Dam construction site

Source: Doğa Dernegi, 23 May 2013, Representatives of dam-affected communities and international organizations from South America, the Middle East, Europe, the US, and Africa today blocked the entrance to the construction site of the Ilisu dam in southeast Turkey demanding an end to the controversial development that would sink an ancient city dating back to the Bronze Age. [Read More…]  Read More →

Turkish PM launches 112 projects on 12.12.12

Source: Hurriyet Daily News, 12 December 2012, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan inaugurated “112 giant projects” by the Forestry and Waterworks Ministry on 12-12-2012, saying they served the whole nation and all the projects reached the entire country. [Read More…]  Read More →

China plans over 300 dam projects worldwide

Source: Mongabay.com, 10 December 2012, A new report by the NGO, International Rivers, takes an in-depth look at the role China is playing in building mega-dams worldwide. According to the report, [Read More…]  Read More →

Private ownership of rivers in Turkey raises environmentalists’ eyebrows

Source: SES Türkiye, 30 March 2012 While the current administration is concerned with the country’s economic growth and development, environmentalists are worried the mismanagement of Turkey’s water resources could endanger fragile ecosystems. [Read More…]  Read More →

Three workers dead and ten missing in SE Turkey constructon collapse

Source: Hürriyet, 24 Feb 2012 Three workers were killed and ten remain missing in the southern province of Adana’s Kozan district when a dam that was under construction collapsed, Doğan news agency reported. [Read More…]  Read More →

Ancient city does not actually exist, says Turkish minister

Resource: Hurriyet Daily News, 01.09.2010 Controversy over plans to bury an ancient city in western Turkey with sand ahead of a new dam project was overshadowed Wednesday by revelations from Turkey’s environment minister that the site did not, in fact, exist. [Read More…]  Read More →

Dams in Turkey’s Black Sea region not as clean as presumed

Resource: Hurriyet Daily News, 21.07.2010 Dams in the Black Sea region have many negative effects on the environment and residents’ everyday lives, according to a report prepared by five experts working in the Kaçkar mountains located in the north of Turkey. [Read More…]  Read More →

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