Doğa Derneği ● Non-goverment ● Turkey 

Doga is the partner of BirdLife International Turkey, and its work is driven by the demand to take action to sustain biodiversity. Our mission is to defend the rights of nature in all its forms including its processes, which are necessary for persistence of life on earth.

Since 2002, we have been working as a grassroots organization connecting thousands of people working for this cause in Turkey and, where possible, elsewhere in the world. We conduct scientific research and provide community-based solutions for conservation; we establish partnerships and drive policy change. When science, community-based action, and advocacy do not deliver the necessary change, we conduct innovative campaigns to mobilize the public to take action to reverse the trend.

Our work can be witnessed across Turkey, from the steppic plateaus of Anatolia to the Mediterranean, from Hasankeyf in ancient Mesopotamia to the Aegean coast. Science is the backbone of our conservation projects to conserve species and habitats, while local communities and their indigenous cultures inspired by nature underpin our on-the-ground actions.

Our vision is to live in a world where humans embrace nature as a whole, live by knowing their footprint on the earth and respect all other forms of life, and where biodiversity is no longer in need of conservation. This vision extends beyond Turkey because we understand that there are no political or national boundaries in nature. Therefore, we work closely with other BirdLife partners around the world, which are grassroots organizations operating in over 100 countries and territories.

Natural balance and hydrologic cycle at Sultan Marshes were destroyed due to the construction of dams, wells and drainage channels due to basin-wide irrigated farming support policies that started in Develi Basin in 1973. From the beginning of 2000s, the water quantity of the Sultan Marshes decreased dangerously because of the water-guzzling-products farming, agricultural irrigation, illegal well drilling, losses due to the existing irrigation techniques and less water flow to the marshlands due to the dams; as from 2003 marshlands have almost dried out. The effects on local people were unequal: while landowners adopted agricultural irrigation, loan use, base price, market support systems that were prioritized for the last 25 years, landless farmers who make their own living through reed…

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Burdur Gölü havzada yaygınlaşan sulu tarım ile artan su ihtiyacı sebebiyle gölü besleyen dereler üzerine yapılan barajlar ve kontrolsüz yeraltı suyu kullanımı ile 1987’den beri küçülmektedir (Ataol, 2010). Bu küçülme bugün gölün ⅓’ünün kaybına kadar ulaşmış durumda. Burdur Gölü yıllara göre seviye değişimleri ve su alma yapıları arasındaki ilişki T.C. Orman ve Su İşleri Bakanlığı, Su Yönetimi Genel Müdürlüğü tarafından hazırlanan “2015-2019 Burdur Gölü Alt Havzası Eylem Planı”nda yer alan tabloda açıklanmıştır. Bu düşüş ciddi boyutlarda sulak alan habitatı kaybına ve su kuşları için büyük önem taşıyan sığ alanların kurumasına sebep olmuştur (Eken vd., 2006). Ayrıca bu hızlı su düzeyi düşüşü doğal olarak acı olan göl suyunun tuzluluk oranının yirmi sene önceki ölçümlerde Akdeniz’in iki katıyken son ölçümlerde 560 katına…

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● Water 

Turkeys biggest silver mine is owned by Eti Silver Corporation (privatised in 2004) and is located in Kutahyas Tavsanli district. The mine activity uses cyanide for extracting and processing the silver element; recently, cyanide loaded water leaked from the immense storage pools and reached the groundwater as a result of an accident due to excessive rains. This accident provoked disastrous groundwater pollution and has raised the question of the already alarming level of groundwater contamination. Source: Ejatlas…

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The region which was partially declared a national park in 1993, is also rich with minerals (particularly gold and silver), and these are being plundered by foreign and domestic companies alike, leaving once majestic mountain a scene of toxic devastation. Prospecting activities have been under way in the Biga peninsula and especially in the northern side of Ida Mountain since the beginning of 1990s. Activities have been expanding in the region since 2007 (with more than 40 licences and around 100 projects at exploration stage now); explicitly two gold mines (Kirazli and Agi Mountain) made progress. The Canadian company, Alamos Gold, in charge of three projects (with three licences, Kirazli, Agi Dagi and Camyurt) has been targeting to start production in Kirazli…

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The Sinop (İnceburun) Nuclear Power Plant is a planned nuclear plant located at Sinop in northern Turkey. It will be the country’s second nuclear power plant after Akkuyu The deal for the project was signed between Turkish Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on May, 2013, in a similar manner with the Akkuyu project. The expected cost of the project is US$22 billion. The project will be carried out by Atmea, a joint venture consortium of Japanese Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and French Areva (Earlier contacts was made with Canadian company CANDU). Furthermore, French electric utility company GDF Suez will be in charge of the operation of the nuclear plant, expected to start electricity production at…

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