For the opening of marble quarry in Korucuk village of Anamur district in Mersin, Mersin governorate decided that an EIA is not required in December 2019. While there is also an archaeological site in the area where a marble quarry is to be opened, which threatens forests, water resources and agricultural production, Mersin Environment and Nature Association (MERÇED) and local villagers have filed a lawsuit to overturn the decision of the EIA. The 1st Administrative Court of Mersin, which heard the case, ruled that there was insufficient assessment of the existence of the honey forest and wild olive trees in the region and the damage they would suffer in the project introduction file and the opinions of the competent institutions, and annulled the decision which it considered illegal. Seyda Afyoncu, the lawyer for MERÇED and the local villagers, said: “I am very happy with this decision of the administrative court, on behalf of thousands of trees in the forest area where the quarry will be opened, and in particular the trees sandalwood, water resources and wildlife.”
In the villages of Korucuk and Ovabaşı in the Anamur district of Mersin, the most important source of income for the local population is agricultural production. The villagers, who produce olives, strawberries, peanuts and vegetables as well as bananas and avocados, almost make their bread in stone in the region, which has a difficult geography. Yet in recent years, one marble quarry permit after another in the region has become a nightmare for producers. The local people, who have started a legal fight against the marble quarries which threaten cultural heritage as well as forest lands, water resources and agricultural production, have filed a lawsuit for the cancellation of the EIA decision no required with the project introduction file prepared by copy-paste method.
EIA’S POSITIVE DECISION ON COPYING INFORMATION FROM WIKIPEDIA
Crazy marble lion. Singing. see Tic. ltd. Sti. For the marble quarry whose opening is planned by the governorate of Mersin, the EIA decision not required was issued on December 30, 2019 by the governorate of Mersin. It has been revealed that the information about the Anamur district in the project introduction file prepared for the project, which aims to produce 9,600 m3 of marble blocks per year, was copied from the Internet encyclopedia wikipedia. The lawsuit filed by the local people with the request for the cancellation of the non-required EIA decision given for the project, which is declared to be used in the construction sector and areas such as tombstones, which it is planned to d extract from the region, was concluded.
COURT ANNOUNCES GOVERNOR’S DECISION, FINDING IT ILLEGAL
The 1st Administrative Court of Mersin, which heard the case regarding the marble quarry project, where it was declared that a total of 1350 trees, consisting of tree species such as red pine and oak, would be felled, canceled the non-required EIA decision, which he found illegal. Emphasizing that the mining area has a semi-arid climate, in the Court’s annulment decision it was noted that there are soluble limestone rocks in the area and that mining activities will affect the ecosystem in terms of regime. groundwater and hydrology. In the annulment decision, which stated that there is an archaeological site near the mining area, it was pointed out that mining activities would also damage the archaeological site,The planned marble quarry is expected to have negative effects on agricultural and forestry activities, natural forest ecosystems and their components, which have particular value in the region.expressed himself.
NO OPINION ON FOREST HONEY AND WILD OLIVE TREES
The 1st administrative court of Mersin, which considered that there was not sufficient evaluation in the project introduction file and the opinions of the institutions regarding the existence of the forest of honey and wild olive trees in the area and the damage they would suffer, found the decision of the Mersin Governor’s office not to require an EIA on December 30, 2019 to make the marble quarry project illegal.
CHASE. SEYDA AFYONCU: “I AM VERY GOOD FOR WILDLIFE”
Assessing the decision, MEDÇED and the local villagers’ lawyer, Seyda Afyoncu, said:I am very happy with this decision of the Administrative Tribunal, on behalf of thousands of trees and especially sandalwood, water resources and wildlife in the forest area where the quarry will be opened. I want to thank the real scientists and environmentally conscious judges who acted as experts in the case and wrote reports in favor of nature, the people of Korucuk who defended their habitats and the environmentalists of ‘Anamur. The sadness of the turtle, which lost its habitat, which I saw while investigating the EIA site of the marble quarry, the opening of which was authorized in the Anıtlı village of Anamur, was somewhat relieved. I hope that the judiciary will sign a decision which will save the village of Anıtlı from the destruction of the marble quarry.” he said.