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European Journal

Turkey: Large-scale Dam Projects

Turkey is planning a new environmental protection law that environmentalists say will be more destructive than protective. One of the things it could allow is the construction of more dams.

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With the legislation, the Turkish government is trying to bring the country's laws in line with EU standards. The first step, however, is to declare all existing Turkish environmental laws null and void. A new "National Council for Biodiversity" will then make future decisions. Environmental protection groups claim the Turkish government intends to abuse the loophole to push through permits for hundreds of new dams. One group called the country's environment minister a "serial murder of nature."