Mar 28 2018

New areas on Turkish coast opened up to construction

More than 50,000 hectares of protected nature reserve on the Turkish coast has been opened up to development by a cabinet decision, independent news site T24 said.

It said 34,162 hectares of first-class protected land and 12,544 hectares of second-class protected land in the Gulf of Gökova region near Marmaris, which contains the villages of Akyaka, Turunç and Akbük have been made available for construction as a result of the decision.

“We are in favour of this (decision) being local rather than these areas being opened up to construction,” Muğla Mayor Osman Gürün said.

“For example, if a village or a bay needs work, decisions can be taken in relation to this. But we do not think that opening up this large of an area is right.”