Last update:
2017-07-15

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
Name of conflict:Mersinli Wind Farm, Turkey
Country:Turkey
State or province:Bayindir, Torbali
(municipality or city/town)Izmir
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 commodities:Electricity
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:28,000,000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:170
Start of the conflict:01/10/2014
Company names or state enterprises:Yander A.S. from Turkey - Project-runner
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Marmariç Permaculture - http://marmaric.org/english/
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Impacts of the project
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-economical ImpactsVisible: displacement, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Loss of livelihood
Outcome
Project StatusUnder construction
Conflict outcome / response:Court decision (failure for environmental justice)
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Sources and Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Cancellation of an early environmental impact assessment report (Tr)
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Press release: We refuse! (Tr)
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Blog article - Announcement: 'Rather our lives than our lands' (Tr)
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

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
Contributor:Burag Gurden, European Environmental Bureau, [email protected]
Last update15/07/2017
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