EGEÇEP ● Non-goverment ● Turkey 

EGEÇEP – Ege Çevre ve Kültür Platformu, çevre gönüllüsü, doğal ve kültürel varlıkların korunması konusunda duyarlı sivil toplum kuruluşları ile bireysel katılımcılar tarafından 25 Aralık 2005 tarihinde kuruldu.

EGEÇEP, doğal ve kültürel varlıkların, çevre sağlığı ve canlı yaşamının korunması konusunda çalışmalar yapan, sendika, dernek, meslek odası, sivil inisiyatif, platform ve diğer insan topluluklarının ve tek tek bireylerin çalışmalarını, sorunları ortaklaştırmak, güç birliğini sağlamak, bu oluşumların sözcülüğünü üstlenmek, gerekli yasal, bilimsel ve örgütsel destekleri sağlamak üzere çalışmalar yapar. Egeçep fonlardan para almaz, giderlerini kendi bileşenlerinin katkılarından karşılar. EGEÇEP anti-kapitalisttir. Küresel sermayenin istek ve tercihlerine göre dizayn edilen neoliberal politikaların uygulanması sonucu, yaşam alanları kirlenmekte ve yok olmakta, çevre sağlığı ve canlı yaşamı tehlikeye girmektedir. Savaşlar insanlarla birlikte tüm canlıları yok edip doğanın dengesini bozmaktadır. EGEÇEP çevreyi kirleten ve yaşamı yok eden savaşa karşı ve barıştan yanadır. Faaliyetleri barışçıdır. Egeçep sürdürülebilir kalkınma değil, sürdürülebilir yaşamdan yanadır.

Located in Turgutlu district of Manisa province, Caldag nickel mine has Turkeys biggest nickel reserve with 33 million tons. However, Turgutlu, in the center of Gediz Plain, is important for its many valuable agricultural products above ground and its fertile soils more than its underground nickel reserves. Having obtained the necessary permits from the former Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the company operates in extracting and processing the nickel in a pivotal project. This marked the beginning of the local communitys struggle for closing the mine by cancelling the forest land appropriation and other permits. Source: Ejatlas…

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The lead factory in Gaziemir district in the town of Izmir, has been manufacturing lead bars for 70 years ever since its establishment in 1940. The industrial input was old lead accumulators and lead scrap. When the factory was relocated to a new operation field, the old industrial area in Gaziemir and the nearby warehouse remained vacant. The factory site stretches over 7 ha, where old machines, and abandoned storage remain unattended as well as sequentially formed acid pools. In 2007, Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) detected nuclear waste buried beneath the factory’s waste storage. After conducting research on the material, TAEK identified a nuclear particle, called ‘Europium 152’ which is restricted in Turkey. Import of this material is strictly…

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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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Located in the southeast of Buyuk Menderes River Delta, Bafa Lake is a shallow lake whose deepest part is 21m. 12.281 ha Bafa Lake is in both Aydin and Mugla provinces. Feeding from Buyuk Menderes River, the Aegean Regions longest water course, Bafa Lake is an alluvial dam of low salinity. The lake was formed 2000-2300 years ago through silt carried by the Buyuk Menderes River disconnecting it from the Aegean Sea (Kasparek, 1988). As a result of Soke Plains rising from alluvial deposits the lakes level rose above the seas. Except for its Western and Northwestern sections, the lake is surrounded by mountains. From where the lake opens to the plain towards the West, it is reported that excess…

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