Mega Projects Destroy Istanbul's Forests and Coastal Areas!

Mega Projects Destroy Istanbul's Forests and Coastal Areas!
Mega Projects Destroy Istanbul's Forests and Coastal Areas!

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has prepared a striking report on Istanbul, 25 percent of Istanbul's coasts, which lost about 25 percent of its agricultural land in 40 years, are inaccessible. The active green area per person is only 2.67 square meters. 70 percent of the population in the city lives in the earthquake zone.


According to the news of Hazal Kaya from Cumhuriyet Newspaper; “Istanbul Planning Agency Vision 2050 Office affiliated to Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has completed the Istanbul Urban Analysis Report. According to the report with striking data, Istanbul has lost about 25 percent of its agricultural land in the last 25 years. When the controversial Channel Istanbul project is added, this figure will reach 40 percent. Mega projects destroy 98.6 square kilometers of forest land and 143.3 square kilometers of agricultural land. 690 km. 40 percent of this distance is inaccessible in Istanbul, which has a coastline. In other words, the citizen cannot reach the shore. Poverty has been increasing rapidly since 2017.

In the Istanbul Urban Analysis Report, it was stated that the urban areas of the city have been growing towards the north since the 1980s and putting the rural areas under pressure. According to the report, forest areas in Istanbul decreased from 1990 thousand hectares in 285 to 2020 thousand hectares, decreasing by approximately 50 thousand hectares in 238. Between 2004 and 2019, "arable land per person" also decreased by about 35 percent. 3 square kilometers of forest area and 61.9 square kilometers of agricultural land were destroyed with the construction of the 2.11rd airport. 3 square kilometers of forest area and 32.4 square kilometers of agricultural land were lost with the construction of the 6.7rd Bridge and the Northern Marmara Motorway. If the Kanal Istanbul project comes to life, 4.1 square kilometers of forest area and 134.5 square kilometers of agricultural land will be destroyed.

On the other hand, according to the report, active green area per person in Istanbul in 2019 is 2.67 square meters. 690 km. 40 percent of this distance is inaccessible in Istanbul, which has a coastline. In other words, the citizen cannot reach the shore.



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