Mersinli Wind Farm, Turkey

Residents of some villages in western Turkey resist the implementation of a 55 MW wind farm project. They objected to the EIA. The project is proceeding.


Description

The residents of Bayindir (south east of Izmir) are concerned about the 'Mersinli Wind Farm Project' which would rise very close to the village and comprise a rapid confiscation plan concerning  lands and properties nearby. The subject matter is not limited to the lands, properties and adjacent forest; but it also puts public health as well as animal health at stake. The villagers in return opposed the project, claiming they haven't been consulted at any point and the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report cannot be valid. The regional court ruled out the report on the basis of residents' allegations but the company, Yander A.S. appealed the decision and validated the EIA report with some minor amendments. As of today (2017), villagers are publicly campaigning against the project while the project is moving on to the construction phase.

Basic Data
NameMersinli Wind Farm, Turkey
CountryTurkey
ProvinceBayindir, Torbali
SiteIzmir
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Land acquisition conflicts
Windmills
Specific CommoditiesElectricity
Project Details and Actors
Project Details'Mersinli Wind Farm Project' comprising some small villages in the Bayindir district of Izmir is under development. The final project would consist of 22 wind turbines with a capacity estimated at 55 megawatt. Total investment is 100 million Turkish liras (~US$28 million). Closest wind turbine being 800 meters far from the nearest settlements, average distance of the turbines is 3,2 km from housing areas.
Level of Investment (in USD)28,000,000
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population170
Start Date01/10/2014
Company Names or State EnterprisesYander A.S. from Turkey - Project-runner
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersMarmariç Permaculture - http://marmaric.org/english/
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationMedia based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Loss of livelihood
Outcome
Project StatusUnder construction
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCourt decision (failure for environmental justice)
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Do you consider this as a success?No
Sources and Materials
Legislations

Cancellation of an early environmental impact assessment report (Tr)
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References

Press release: We refuse! (Tr)
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Links

Blog article - Announcement: 'Rather our lives than our lands' (Tr)
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Media Links

Public campaign - Yander A.S. leave our lands (Tr)
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The Mersinli project is a wind farm power plant with a capacity of 55 MW in Mersinli, İzmir, Turkey. The project represents a “ready-to-go” asset, as all major phases of its development have been completed, while there is also potential for further expansion. Evita Group is currently looking for a strategic or financial investor to acquire up to a 40% stake in the project.
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Other Documents

Villagers campaigning
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Villagers cultivating the land
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Meta Information
ContributorBurag Gurden, European Environmental Bureau, [email protected]
Last update15/07/2017
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