Is Goreme Valley National Park Status Removed for High Speed ​​Train Project?

goreme valley national park status has been removed for the fast train project
goreme valley national park status has been removed for the fast train project

We talked with Orhan Sarıaltun, the President of the Chamber of City Planners and Tezcan Karakuş Candan, the President of the Ankara Branch of the Chamber of Architects.

UniversalAccording to the news of Can Deniz Eraldemir from; “According to the decision published in the Official Gazette with the signature of President Erdogan, the decision on determining the Göreme Valley and its surrounding area as a mile park was repealed. TMMOB Chamber of Architects Ankara Branch President Tezcan Karakuş Candan reminded that the national park status is the items determined by the law for the construction and the protection of the relationship it has established in the bureaucracy and commented the decision as "it goes to an uncontrolled point when it is removed from the national park status".

We talked with Orhan Sarıaltun, President of TMMOB Chamber of City Planners and Tezcan Karakuş Candan, President of Chamber of Architects Ankara Branch, about the meaning of removing the Göreme area from national park status.

Emphasizing that there are serious building occupations in the Göreme region, Candan said, “They couldn't handle these occupations. "There has been a gangrene process for thirty or forty years." Pointing out the necessity of clearing the region from occupations, Candan said, “They will probably remove them from the National Park status and enact them. While doing this, they will surely bring up projects that will cause greater destruction. ”

Pointing out that TOKI works on this issue, Candan said, “On the other hand, a field regulation was issued. They will evaluate the scope of the field regulation. But the area regulation and Cappadocia law itself is problematic. Not a participant. It is formed through a commission that excludes conservation boards and coordinates the one-stop administration of the Presidential system. ”

Candan, who expressed the resemblance of the Cappadocia law to the abolition of the status of this national park, said: gör We see destruction as a process that can monopolize and increase it. ”

Candan pointed out that the abolition of national park status caused uncertainty. “It is said that the conservation board has set a limit. What is that limit, what is not? We don't know these. But the national park from the moment it is removed from the status of Turkey and both natural and culturally very important to protect this area and views of the construction studies institutions will be taken care Move Away from them is supposed to be treated to the world, "he said.

On the other hand, the Ankara Branch of the Chamber of Architects announced that the Goreme Valley will carry the removal of the national park status to the judiciary by the Presidential decision.


Orhan Sarıaltun, the President of TMMOB Chamber of City Planners, reminded that Göreme area is a very important area with its historical and rare geological formation for the whole world. Stating that he attracted more than two million tourists while he was in the status of a national park, Sarıaltun said, X In 1967, the national park and long circuit development plan processes have started. 'In 86 it has also been announced, ”he said.

Göreme and Cappadocia in seven regions of the world heritage list in the 1985 year reminded Sarıaltun, "Göreme National Park, Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı Underground Cities, Karain Pigeons, Karlik Church, Yesiloz Theodoro Church and Soğanlı Archeological Area," he said.

Sarıaltun pointed out that the decision to exclude from the status of National Park is tourism-oriented and said, bile It is wrong to remove the national park status even with a tourism-oriented view. Because the declaration of the national park emphasizes the importance of this place.. Stating that there is a long-term development plan thanks to the national park status, Sarıaltun emphasized that “Local administration and central administration should shape and plan the long-term development plan in any plan change and get the necessary permissions”. Stressing that the long-term development plan will no longer be available within the scope of this field management, Sarıaltun said, üyor It is seen that tourism-oriented interventions can be made easily in the places they deem appropriate ”. Orhan Sarıaltun stated that the loss of the national park status.


According to the decision published today in the Official Gazette with the signature of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the decision regarding the determination of Göreme Valley and its surrounding area as a mile park by the Council of Ministers decision numbered 30/1986 was abolished. The area was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 86.

The removal of Göreme from the national park raised the question “Is it because it is on the route of the Antalya-Kayseri high-speed train line”? Because it was stated that this railway line, fairy chimneys and Göreme Historical National Park will affect three different wildlife protection areas in Konya and Antalya.


Ministry of Culture and Tourism, with the Law on the Cappadocia Area, Göreme Historical National Park, Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı underground cities, including the region is designated as the Cappadocia Area reminded that the illegal nature of the area and thus prevented illegal practices that prevented the illegal confusion said.

According to the report of AA, in the statement made by the Ministry on the news about the claims that “the Cappadocia area will be annealed” by removing the National Park status in Göreme Valley, archaeological, urban, natural sites, culture and tourism conservation and development zone and It was pointed out that the combination of many different protection statuses, such as the national park, led to confusion of authority in the area over time, which led to an increase in illegal settlements and destruction of the area.

In order to prevent unauthorized construction due to this authority complex, it was stated that approximately 70 was removed under the leadership of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.


The National Park is defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as follows: Scientific and aesthetically remarkable ecological, geological, geographical and similar natural structure and archaeological, ethnographic, anthropological, mythological, history, and similar cultural features and beauties; scientific, educational, aesthetic, sportive, recreational and recreational aspects of national and international level of importance at least 1000 hectares of land and water areas. The concept of National Park is an international term because it is called exactly in this language in all countries in the world.

According to another decision published in the Official Gazette, Torba and its surroundings in Muğla's Bodrum district and Kızılağaç İçmeler It was decided to determine and announce the region as a cultural and tourism protection and development region. The decision was made pursuant to Article 2634 of the Tourism Incentive Law No. 3.

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