A third of forestland in Black Sea province of Ordu to be allotted to mining activities

Duvar English 

A third of the forestland in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Ordu is slated to be allotted for mining activities. 

According to main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Ordu deputy Seyit Torun, a quarter of the province’s forestland was already being used for mining activities, and an additional 11,000 hectares will be put to tender for mining licenses on Sept. 17. 

“It is impossible to accept this environmental slaughter and this practice that will mortgage off our future,” said Torun, who said that gold was being mined in the district of Fatsa using cyanide. 

“The environmental pollution has become evident due to the tests carried out on 32 soil samples and 11 water samples in the vicinity of the mines. Based on them, the level of toxic metals in the soil and streams are several times above the average,” Torun said. 

Environmentalists have made the headlines in recent years for fighting against harmful mining projects in Turkey, and the Kaz Mountains in the province of Çanakkale served as the location of a year-long struggle against a major mining initiative that critics say has already caused massive deforestation and will irreparably harm the region. 

“The government disregards the lives of our people for financial gain. While those close to the government were lining their pockets, the people of the region only experienced suffering. The people of Ordu will not allow this to happen,” Torun said. 

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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