PROTESTERS CLAIM OPPRESSION AS TURKEY’S BLACK SEA REGION FACES HYDRO DEVELOPMENT

06/29/2015

Citizens and nongovernmental organizations in Turkey's Black Sea region are growing increasingly concerned about the environmental impacts of hydroelectric development projects in the region and the lack of civil society participation in the process. The region is mostly rural and contains some of Turkey's most biologically diverse landscapes, but in recent decades it has faced rapid industrial encroachment. Dozens of small hydroelectric projects are planned for multiple valleys in the region, as well as mines and factories. At the same time, citizen demonstrations have been dispersed by Turkey's paramilitary, and protesters have been arrested and fined what many consider to be exorbitant amounts. For the full story, see http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0622-hattam-turkey-rural-resistance-mining-hydro.html.