The project was being implemented by AYEN Energy Inc., which got the production license for the Pasalar Hydroelectric Power Plant in 2006. As the plant works started, so did the reactions and objections of the local community against the project. In 2007, a well-attended meeting took place in the region with the presence of about 200 people who named themselves Findikli Rivers Conservation/Preservation Platform. The objections of the platform focused on the following probable outcomes: that the local community would be deprived of their right of access to water, that the rivers would dry up, that the climate would change due to lack of water, that the tea cultivation would become impossible, that many rare flower, bird and fish species would become extinct and that a considerable number of trees would be cut. Through roughly 40 informative meetings and 2 big demonstrations in Findikli, even another environmental battle was won to declare Caglayan and Arili Valleys as Natural SIT Zones (a protection status based on natural features). Moreover, the decision of the Ministry for the Caglayan Hydroelectric Power Plant as positive according to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was also cancelled.