Ministry responds stiffly to TEMA report

From the Ministry to the TEMA report hard response: The Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, the third bridge, the third airport and the Canal Istanbul projects, the investment programs were carried out under the legal legislation and the work was carried out within the framework of legal permits.
In a written statement from the ministry, according to the report prepared by the TEMA Foundation, the third bridge, the third airport and the Channel Istanbul projects, some of the news in the press does not reflect the reality stated.
This report is far from scientific, to prevent the mega projects are prepared for the purpose of purely political purposes in the statement, the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and North Marmara Motorway in order to make the 2 thousand 542 hectares is allowed in the forest area, it is said that only the 706,92 hectare will be used as a road platform area. .
The statement, transportable trees will be moved to another place, instead of trees to be cut five times the General Directorate of Highways to be planted seedlings were recorded.
- “There are no natural lakes in the region”
In the explanation that it was given a preliminary permit in the forest area of ​​6 thousand 173 hectares for the purpose of building the third airport, it was reported that tree cutting has not been done in this area yet. It was stated that there is no forest cover in 70% of the area, and it was stated that mining works were carried out here.
The statement, which claims to be damaged by 70 large and small lakes and ponds, is stated in the news, “There is no natural lake in this region. The puddles mentioned in the report as lakes or puddles were formed as a result of filling the pits resulting from mining activities in the area in question. Plans were already made to be rehabilitated by our Ministry in case these artificially formed ponds could harm public health ”.
- "14 million 52 thousand 510 trees were planted in Istanbul"
On the other hand, it was emphasized that the studies focused on increasing forest presence in Istanbul were emphasized, and in the last 2003 years covering 2013-11, 14 million 52 thousand 510 trees were planted in Istanbul.
On the European side of the European City Forest on the 520 hectare, Asian side of the Asian side of the forest on the Asian side of the 878 hectare will be established in the statement, the studies on this was pointed out.
The statement reads about the other issues included in the news:
“For the interaction with bird migration routes, due diligence and monitoring of bird migration for 2 years, taking the necessary precautions, determining the existing biological diversity due diligence in the area, moving the required species to suitable habitats and examining the ecosystem features of the pits formed as a result of mining activities are undertaken in the EIA report. Some changes have been made in order to reduce the effects of the route of the bridge and connection roads on biological diversity and wildlife. In this framework, it is envisaged to make ecological corridors for wildlife with route changes, tunnel and viaduct application.
No permission has been requested regarding the Kanal Istanbul Project. Following the clarification of the project and the route, the impact of the project on wildlife, ecosystem and biodiversity will be examined and necessary preventive and compensatory measures will be taken. ”
In the statement, it was emphasized that these investment programs were carried out in accordance with the legal regulations and the works were carried out within the framework of the legal permits.

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