2019 Biodiversity

Abant Lake Nature Park

In July 2009, a procurement contract has been signed between Bolu Special Provincial Administration and the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks in order for the former to carry out the activities run in the Abant Lake Nature Park such as the management of camping sites, the entrance and the local products sales units, general clean-up and security services.

Following the signature, there have been claims about the Bolu Special Provincial Administration making sluice channeling to raise the level of the lake, extending the roads around the lake by land reclamation which blocked the stream flow feeding the Abant Lake. Thereupon, institutions such as the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, Western Black Sea Forestry Research Institute, The Union of Chambers of Turkish Architects and Engineers Chamber of Construction Engineers, Chamber of Architects and the Chamber of Forestry Engineers surveyed the site. All of these surveys concluded that the Bolu Special Provincial Administrations interventions have negative effects on the lake and other surrounding ecosystems. As a result, The Union of Chambers of Turkish Architects and Engineers filed a criminal complaint to the Public Prosecutor of Bolu on 18.04.2010.

Widening the old road around the lake and establishing a lighting system reinforces the perception of the zone more as an urban park rather than a nature park. As a result of these interventions, Abant Lake will turn into a pool. Perceiving a Nature Park that has a special protection status as an artificial park and subjecting it to constructions are examples of ecological ignorance. Not taking into account the Long term Development Plan which was prepared with great effort and expenses has exposed the Nature Park to an irreversable destruction. The interventions to Abant Lake Nature Park are incompatible with the notion of nature, create irremediable damages to the environment and reflect an irreversable chain of mistakes and neglect.

Source: Ejatlas