Murat Kurum, Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, shared on his social media account about Lake Salda. Minister Kurum said, “While there are piles of garbage in Salda, those who are not around while walking on the beach; When we took care of Salda, they remembered that they were environmentalists.” said. Stating that water withdrawal occurs due to seasonal reasons at a certain point of Salda Lake, as in some places, the Authority emphasized that this is not human-induced.
Murat Kurum, Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, responded to the claims that "Salda Lake has turned into a swamp due to various projects, well drilling and irrigation ponds" on his social media account.
Stating that they demolished illegal structures, removed garbage and containers by declaring Salda Lake a protection zone, Minister Murat Kurum reminded that they prevented vehicle entrances and imposed visitor restrictions in order to protect the white sands.
In his post, he said, “While there are piles of garbage in Salda, those who are not around while walking on the beach; When we took care of Salda, they remembered that they were environmentalists.” Using his statements, the Minister Kurum emphasized that, as in some parts of Turkey, there is seasonal water withdrawal in certain parts of Salda Lake that are not within the protection area, and that this is not human-induced.
“We will not learn to protect our nature and protect our environment from so-called environmentalists. We will continue to protect our Salda Lake, the apple of our eye, as we did yesterday.” Saying that, the Institution used the hashtag #SaldaHepgüzelKacak in its post.
The institution shared, “Our Salda is very beautiful again; We will leave it to our tomorrows, to our children, in their best form.” completed in the form.
The allegation of "well drilling and irrigation ponds" is unfounded
The Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change created a project in line with the suggestions of scientists and worked on Salda Lake, illegal structures around the lake were demolished, vehicles were prohibited from approaching the shore, visitor restrictions were imposed and water quality was improved.
Shortly after the ministry completed its work, the American Space Agency shared about Salda Lake. In its official Instagram account, NASA posted a photo of Lake Salda from the part where the rocks are visible from underwater, and below it, “Have you ever wondered what Mars looked like billions of years ago? We did it”.
Irrigation pond and well drilling is not allowed
In the news that the global climate crisis, which caused droughts throughout the world and floods in some regions, caused the withdrawal of water in a part of Salda Lake, it turned into a swamp. showed. The reality is that there is no such study around Lake Salda.
Salda's water quality was improved
The Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, which has developed many projects to increase the water potential and quality of Salda Lake, does not allow irrigation ponds and well drillings in and around Salda Lake. Moreover, the Ministry has also terminated previously initiated projects.
The Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, which implemented protection measures in and around Salda Lake, first removed the illegal constructions and blocked the entrance of vehicles that damaged the natural texture of the lake by building wooden barriers.
The Ministry, which also implemented Zero Waste Management in Salda Lake and improved the water quality in Salda Lake with its works and measures, had placed units that are compatible with nature, wooden and higher than the natural ground, in accordance with the Coastal Law, in order to meet the daily needs of citizens in the area.
Wastewater Treatment Plant project design studies have come to the implementation stage
The Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, which completed the project design of the Wastewater Treatment Plant to protect Salda Lake and its basin, and brought it to the implementation stage, has also completed its scientific studies on 100% recovery of treated wastewater.
Efforts to include Salda Lake in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List are continuing.
Will shed light on NASA's work
Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change; It carries out the Metabarcoding Project of the Microbial Ecology of Lake Salda with Advanced Molecular Methods, in cooperation with universities, which is aimed to shed light on the studies to be carried out on the rocks that NASA will bring from Mars.
The Ministry increased the size of Turkey's protected area from 9,6 percent to 11,9 percent of the total surface area, thanks to its nature conservation efforts.