Leasing of the Cirali Coast, Turkey


Cirali Coast consists of a 90 ha area. On 27.07.2011, Antalya Provincial Forestry Directorate allocated 18 ha (20%) of this area to Ormanspor/Forest Football Club. The same day, Ormanspor rented this area for training to the manager of Nerissa Otel, Huseyin Gedik, for 10 years to be used as daily recreational-use facility, in exchange for a sponsorship compensation. Antalya Natural Heritage Preservation Board under the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation approved the construction of the facilities in this area on 19.12.2011. Huseyin Gedik started the process of wire fencing the coast on 15.02.2012. The Cirali coast encountered many problems as a golf course in 1990, garbage dumping area in 1997 and now as football field and popular excursion spot.

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Basic Data
NameLeasing of the Cirali Coast, Turkey
SiteCirali Quarter, Ulupinar Village, Kemer District
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Tourism Recreation
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Tourism facilities (ski resorts, hotels, marinas)
Specific CommoditiesLand
Project Details and Actors
Project Area (in hectares)18
Type of PopulationRural
Company Names or State EnterprisesNerissa Otel from Turkey
Huseyin Gedik from Turkey
Antalya Provincial Forestry Directorate from Turkey
Ormanspor Forestry Football Club from Turkey
Relevant government actorsAntalya Provincial Forestry, Directorate under the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Antalya Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks under the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Antalya Natural Heritage Preservation Board under the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation., According to the Regional Directorate of Forestry, the Cirali Coast can be leased lawfully as a daily recreational area.
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersSS Ulupinar Environmental Protection and Management Cooperative, Antalya Isparta Burdur Denizli Kas Platform, WWF-Turkey
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Fisher people
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Loss of livelihood, Violations of human rights, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Increase in violence and crime
OtherLoss of income (observed)
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCorruption
Criminalization of activists
New legislation
Strengthening of participation
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.The problem continues.
Sources and Materials

Newspaper article, Hurriyet Daily News:
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Activists letter of complaint written to the Governorship of Antalya and Ministry of Forestry and Water Works (in Turkish):
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Newspaper article, Birgun (In Turkish):
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Online news (In Turkish):
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ContributorBogazici University EJOLT Team
Last update08/04/2014