Gungormez and Bahcekoy Quartzite Mine, Turkey

A quartzite mine is planned to be built in the forest area nearby the Gungormez, Bahcekoy and Sefaalani villages of the city of Tekirdag, expected to destroy the water sources and livelihoods of nearby villagers.


A quartzite mine is planned to be built in the forest area nearby the Gungormez, Bahcekoy and Sefaalani villages of the city of Tekirdag. The protesters claims that the project is expected to destroy 1,5 million trees in1110 hectares of forest area and hence destroy both the water sources and the grazing land of the villagers. Hence, villagers and local community mobilize against this project, which will endanger not only their livelihoods, but also poison the drinking water and air.

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Basic Data
NameGungormez and Bahcekoy Quartzite Mine, Turkey
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Building materials extraction (quarries, sand, gravel)
Specific CommoditiesQuartzite, Feldspat
Sand, gravel
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsAccording to the EIA report filed by the mining company (Alp Anadolu İnş. Nak. Tur. San. ve Tic. Ltd. Şti.), the mine would cover an area of 20,54 Hectares, all of which falls in the forest area. The company expects to mine 100 thousands tonnes of material annually.
Project Area (in hectares)23
Level of Investment (in USD)100000
Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Potential Affected Population1500-2000
Start Date12/2013
End Date07/2015
Company Names or State EnterprisesAlp Anadolu İnş. Nak. Tur. San. ve Tic. Ltd. Şti. (Alp Anadolu) from Turkey - Owner
Relevant government actorsMinistry of Environment and Urbanisation,

Tekirdag Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urban Planning
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersSaray Nature Protection Society,
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Local government/political parties
Recreational users
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationArtistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Boycotts of official procedures/non-participation in official processes
Development of a network/collective action
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Occupational disease and accidents
OtherThe quartzite planned to be mined from the area is used largely in textile industry for sand-blast finishing of jeans, and it is a well known cause for the silicosis (a lung disease).
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Loss of landscape/sense of place
OtherPotential income loss
Project StatusUnknown
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseApplication of existing regulations
Project temporarily suspended
Development of AlternativesThe mining plans should be cancelled together with the reprisal of the mining permit.
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.After the mobilisations, the EIA process was cancelled. This was considered a success by the community. However, the company still holds its mining license and it is not known whether the company will make another attempt to have another EIA report.
Sources and Materials

Mining Company representatives are not welcomed in the village (Kuvarsitçi Orman katilleri bir kez daha köye sokulmayarak kovuldu) - In Turkish
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Media Links

Tekirdağ-Saray İlçesi Kuarsit Madeni. Saray Province on the Quartzite Mine issue. 13 04, 2014
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Other Documents

Gungormez and Bahcekoy Quartzite Mine Photo from the street rallies
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Gungormez and Bahcekoy Quartzite Mine Banner calling for the street protests
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Meta Information
ContributorPınar Ertör, Cem İskender Aydın
Last update02/01/2017