The Climate Network, that will carry out activities with a view to explaining the subject of Climate Change to the public across Turkey and directing the politicians and decision-makers towards performing works in this regard, was founded upon the gathering of a number of associations, NGOs and the cooperatives also called citizen initiatives.
Primarily, the organisations making up of the Climate Network, planning to carry out some activities for the Climate Summit to be held in Doha are as follows in alphabetical order; Bugday Association for Supporting Ecological Living, the Nature Society, Nature Conservation Center, Euro-solar Turkey, Greenpeace Mediterranean, Association of Kadıköyü Friends of Science Culture and Art (KADOS), Turkish Foundation For Combating Erosion, Reforestation And The Protection Of Natural Habitats (TEMA Foundation), WWF-Turkey (World Wildlife Protection Foundation) and 350 Ankara.
Visit address iklimdegisikligi.org/ to get access to the rules, working principles and participants of the Climate Network established by non-governmental organisations which founded the Climate Network in order to express the common concerns and solutions about climate change together with the non-governmental organisations in Turkey and set out saying, “We aim at sharing our common concerns and solutions on human-induced climate change with the society, public institutions and international bodies and carrying our joint activities to stop human-induced climate change before it is too late.
It is almost the end of “Climate Summit” which was organized to set the destiny of the world.
A number of non-governmental organizations like TEMA Foundation and WWF-Turkey, following up the negotiation process in Paris, called in Turkey to do its bit.
There is 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the last 10 days in Paris, in an attempt to combat globally against human-induced climate change has been going on for 10 days in Paris in order to combat human-induced climate change globally. A large number of bureaucrats and NGO representatives from Turkey follow up the summit.
TEMA Foundation, WWF-Turkey, Ecology Collective Association, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation Turkey Representative, the Campaign “For Climate” involving several organisations, Association of Kadıköyü Friends of Science Culture and Art (KADOS), the Earth Association, Green Thought Association issued a call text for Turkey participating in the negotiations upon collective signature.
Emphasising that Turkey’s required to adopt a more courageous, consistent, integral, science-based and participatory policy on the climate change aiming to fulfil its responsibility in the battle against the climate change, the text also included the following: was made the following statements: Turkey mentioned through its top official that it was willing to host the 2020 Summit for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP 26) at which the convention likely to be agreed upon in Paris will enter into force. We are in the belief that it will be appropriate for a realistic and effective fight against the climate change and also beneficial in all aspects, including socially, financially and environmentally if Turkey updates its position in accordance with the items listed below in this process. There is still time for Turkey to share its position clearly and develop some constructive proposals regarding all the items, apart from the subjects directly related to itself, in a way to suit the spirit of the convention.
Therefore, we invite Turkey to:
Türkiye’den iklim zirvesini Paris’te takip eden Ekoloji Kollektifi, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Derneği, İklim İçin Kampanyası, Kadıköy Bilim Kültür ve Sanat Dostları Derneği, TEMA Vakfı, Yeryüzü Derneği, Yeşil Ecology Collective, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation, Campaign “For Climate”, Association of Kadıköyü Friends of Science Culture and Art (KADOS), TEMA Foundation, Earth Society, Green Thought Association and WWF Turkey from Turkey, which followed up the climate summit in Paris, made a clear call to Turkey’s Official Delegation. This call made 3 days to the end of the summit, invites Turkey to do its bit while establishing the new climate regime.
Complete text of the call made to Turkey’s Official Delegation is as follows:
“As the non-governmental organisations, the undersigned, which participated in 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris with the aim of combating human-induced climate change globally, we think that Turkey’s required to adopt a more courageous, consistent, integral, science-based and participatory policy on the climate change aiming to fulfil its responsibility in the battle against the climate change. Therefore, we invite Turkey to review its policies particularly on climate change, environment, energy and development, in a participatory and transparent manner.
While the negotiations are underway, Turkey mentioned through its top official that it was willing to host the 2020 Summit for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP 26) at which the convention likely to be agreed upon in Paris will enter into force. We are in the belief that it will be appropriate for a realistic and effective fight against the climate change and also beneficial in all aspects, including socially, financially and environmentally if Turkey updates its position in accordance with the items listed below in this process. There is still time for Turkey to share its position clearly and develop some constructive proposals regarding all the items, apart from the subjects directly related to itself, in a way to suit the spirit of the convention.
Therefore, we invite Turkey to:
Respectfully submitted to the attention of Turkish Negotiation Committee and the public
Ecology Collective Foundation, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation Turkey Representation, Campaign “For Climate”, Association of Kadıköyü Friends of Science Culture and Art (KADOS), TEMA Foundation, Earth Society, Green Thought Association and WWF Turkey”
TÜRÇEP, the Roof of Environmental Platforms, was Founded
Environmental NGOs Platform of Turkey (TÜRÇEP) was founded at a meeting held yesterday by the representatives of five regional platforms; Tanay Sıdkı Uyar was appointed as the coordinator of the platform. The platform will determine environmental and ecological policies and will strive to implement these policies.
Environmental NGOs Platform of Turkey (TÜRÇEP) was established at a meeting held on July 23 in Ankara by the representatives of the five regional environmental platforms.
Tanay Sıdkı Uyar was appointed as the coordinator of the platform comprising the Western Black Sea Regional Environment Platform (BAKÇEP), Eastern Mediterranean Regional Environment Platform (DAÇ), Eastern Black Sea Regional Environment Platform (DOKÇEP), Central Anatolia Regional Environmental Platform (İÇAÇEP) and Marmara Regional Environmental Platform (MARÇEP).
The founding purpose of the platform was declared as follows: “To carry out works towards improving the consciousness and awareness of the historical, cultural and natural environment; to stand against these problems and advocate the environment; to create a public opinion; to produce and implement solutions with a view to preserving the ecological balance, against global, national, regional and local problems.”
Platform to achieve this goal determine policies on environment and ecology, and attempt to influence local, national and international decision-making mechanisms.
Making out the soil and water inventory, preparing the pollution map of Turkey and preparing the National Action Plan in this respect are some of the top priorities of the platform.
The platform underlined that some legal arrangements, which will enable the environmental issues to be solved, must be made, without having to resort to the European Court of Human Rights and that local-national decision-makers should comply with these laws. /bianet.org (2005)
Toprak ve su envanterinin yapılması, Türkiye kirlilik haritasının çıkarılması ve bu doğrultuda Ulusal Eylem Planı’nın hazırlanması platformun öncelikleri arasında.
Platform çevresel konularda sorunların, Avrupa İnsan Hakları Mahkemesine bırakılmadan çözülmesini sağlayacak yasal düzenlemelerin yapılması ve yerel-ulusal karar vericilerin bu yasalara uyması gerektiğini altını çizdi. /bianet.org (2005)
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality initiated the construction of Crossover and Intersection (“Interchange”) between Kadikoy Yogurtcu Cayir – M. Nurettin Selcuk Cad. with the ground breaking ceremony held on 31 January 2003.
Our Representative of the Chamber of Architects Anatolia 1. Metropolitan Region gathered the details and documents about the matter and a meeting was held on February 20, 2003 with the participation of the neighbourhood initiatives and mindful local residents, at which an execution was formed towards the organisation of the works concerning a joint press statement, signature campaign and investigation of the legal process.
As a result of our research on this initiative which clearly seems to be illegal, it was seen that the approval of the Ministry was not obtained for the sections of the coastal road, which remain within the shoreline; the plan was not revised although the interchange was relocated; it was tendered/awarded without obtaining the opinion of urban planning; the opinion of the Ministry of Culture, Directorate of Istanbul Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board #II was not obtained, and the construction continued notwithstanding the warning notice ordering that no construction and physical intervention is allowed on the site regarding the Yogurtcu Park which is a grade 1 natural protected area until the Board takes a decisions. For this reason, together with Human Settlements Association, Kadikoy Friends of Science, Culture and Art Association along with 26 people who set their hearts on Moda and with the support of our Chamber, an action was filed at Administrative Court #1 of Istanbul in an attempt to cancel the procedure and issue of stay order primarily and immediately regarding the arrangement on the Bridge and Crossover (Interchange) between Yogurtcu Cayiri and M. Nurettin Selcuk Cad. carried out against the Zoning Law in Force and the Resolution of the Ministry of Culture, Istanbul Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board #II, for the reason of noncompliance with the structural plan and Implementary development plan, urbanization principles, planning techniques and public interest.
In addition, a criminal complaint was filed at both Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office and Ministry of Interior, against Ali Mufit Gurtuna, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor; Yunus Balta, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Head of Department of Technical Works and Ahmet Sahin, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Directorate of Infrastructure Coordination, who clearly ignored the resolution of the Protection Board.
Istanbul #II Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board, No. ordered that the road works initiated within the scope of the construction of the interchange to be stopped immediately, upon its resolution, dated 3 September 2003 and no. 6629, for the reason that it runs along the front of the protected area and registered lots which are significant for the characteristic of the city.
Upon the application of the residents of Moda and non governmental organizations and with the technical and legal support of Istanbul Metropolitan Branch of the Chamber of Architects, a stay order (suspension of execution) was issued in the case filed at the Administrative Court #1 of Istanbul in an effort to cancel and issue an stay order for the reason that the arrangement on the Bridge and Crossover (Interchange) between Yogurtcu Cayiri and M. Nurettin Selcuk Cad. is not in compliance with the Zoning Plan, urbanization principles, planning techniques and public interest.
File #2003/574 of the Administrative Court #1 of Istanbul concluded and adjudged for the suspension of execution until the case has been finalised that; claiming that “ …the case filed to cancel Kadikoy Master Development Plan #II, on 1:5000 scale, which was approved on 16.04.1998 in relation to this site, was cancelled upon the decree of the Administrative Court #1 of Istanbul, dated 29.03.2002 and no. 606; therefore , the preparations for the 1:5000 scale plan was underway and once this plan was drawn up and completed, 1:1000 scale implementation plan would be carried out. In this case, since there are neither 1:5000 nor 1:5000 scale plans available, the arrangement regarding the linking road under construction is not legal as it is not based upon a an applicable plan currently in force.”
“Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Transforms Moda Coastline into a Highway”
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality initiated the construction of a bridge and crossover at the estuary of Kurbagalidere, with a ground breaking ceremony on January 31, 2003. The scope of this project, which is one of 550 Conquest Projects (Fetih Projesi) of the Metropolitan Municipality, shows that the Moda coast will be converted into a highway with a main artery linking Kalamis to Kadikoy via Moda. This interchange is the first phase of the coastal highway as it appears in 1994 Master Plan. Moda is faced with a fait accompli: When the interchange is built, the coast line will inevitable turn into a highway.
With the construction, the trees on the beach were removed and green area which was recently landscaped was removed. After the entire coastline has been converted into the highway, the recreation area, free of city traffic, with all playgrounds, cafés, where all the residents of Kadikoy come down and enjoy the sea view will be thoroughly replaced by the cars. Moda, which is the only tranquil point of Kadikoy, which was able to keep its relation with the sea, will be detached from the sea with this highway and will be left to be flooded by heavy vehicle traffic. Together with this highway, Moda’s natural and historical sites will be destroyed. The front section of the historical Moda Quay will be filled in and the Quay will lose all the characteristic features and become a structure next to the highway. The front section of old Moda Sea Club, which is a registered historical building, will be filled in; a road will run along in the front of the traditional cafés of the Cape of Moda and Kadikoy Girls College which is under protection.
This project was designed behind closed doors, the opinions of the residents of Moda or the experts were not asked. Now, they speak of some solutions with tunnels, behind closed doors again; and it is mentioned that a tunnel will be built around the back of Moda Sea Club. Even if a tunnel is constructed, the result will not change; a large portion of Moda coast will still turn into s highway.
The highway, which will be built on the Moda coast, will not bring a solution to the traffic of Kadikoy and Moda, as it has been suggested; on the contrary, it will further increase the traffic load of the region by creating a large transportation artery. The highway running from Moda to Kurbagalidere and from there to Kalamis through a bridge will be stuck in Kalamis and will not be able to meet its function as intended and it will also lead to heavy traffic on the Kalamis coast.
In the end, Moda which is still regarded as the only quiet and preserved neighbourhood Kadikoy as it remains away from the flow of traffic, will turn into a district of Kadikoy, with the busiest traffic due to this highway. However, with the construction of a interchange that can only be seen on intercity roads, Moda will be destroyed and lost.
The construction of the interchange in Kurbagalidere estuary was started without any modification on the Master Development Plan nor was the approval of the Ministry was received. The project does not have a plan integrity; the construction of the highway started without drawing the transport master plan of Kadikoy. The interchange project also changes the coastal line.
The interchange project in violation of Yogurtcu Park which is a natural protected site, and threatening this natural protected site with the construction of highway, was not submitted to the Protection Board. Construction began without the permission of the Board. The highway, which is the mandatory continuation of the project, will destroy the historical buildings of Moda, but the Board of Directors was not asked for its opinion.
We’re against the construction of this interchange imposed on the residents of Moda with a fait accompli…
We want green spaces reserved exclusively for pedestrians only, not an interchange or highway, tunnels or something like that…
We invite Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to stop the implementation of this project that will spoil Moda, one of the preserved districts of Kadikoy, with its natural and historical features and to discuss the future of Moda with the residents of Moda.
Moda District Initiative: Chamber of Architects Anatolia 1. Metropolitan Regional Representative, Istanbul Branch Kadikoy Representative of the Chamber of Civil Engineers, Chamber of Marine Engineers, Human Settlements Association, Association of Kadıköyü Friends of Science Culture and Art (KADOS).