Istanbul Beaches Ignored

Istanbul Beaches Ignored

Turkey is striving to be the world leader in the number of Blue Flag beaches. A written statement recently released by Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry claimed Turkey ranked “second in the world for blue flag beaches, surpassing Greece”.
“According to the 2015 list featuring 50 countries, Turkey is second with its 436 beaches awarded the blue flag. Spain tops the list with 578 beaches and Greece comes in third with 395.”
“We are ranked second in the world after Spain regarding best protected beaches,” Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik wrote in the statement.

“”Blue Flag” is an exclusive Eco-label awarded by the NGO Foundation for Environmental Education, or FEE, to beaches and marinas that meet certain criteria such as water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety.””

“As reported by Prime Minister Davutoğlu, “Turkey has planted 3.5 billion trees, and increased the number of waste water treatment facilities six-fold in 13 years.” ” While that may be true, he hasn’t proposed long-term solutions to fix the massive and continuous sewage polluting in the Marmara sea. As I wrote in a previous post, according to Sabah newspaper, the local government received a grant from the world bank in 2010 to fix the seasonal flooding caused by Kurbagalidere creek, a huge source of raw sewage pollution in the Marmara sea. The creek is more polluted than ever before almost six years later, and has become a danger to the residents living around it, and the people who swim in the Marmara Sea.

“According to testing performed by the Kadıköy Municipality, four out of seven samples collected from different spots of the Marmara Sea contained high levels of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria. A total of 200 units of E. coli is considered the safety limit, yet the amount of E. coli found at the Fenerbahçe foreland was 390 units, at the Moda Sea Club 410 units, and in Kalamış, the number went as high as 6,500 units, and 6,900 units in the sea at Yoğurtçu Park.”

The fundamental problem is Turkey’s infrastructure is crumbling, as the taxes are inexplicably high? Why is the Religious Affairs Ministry receiving the largest appropriation of tax money, when there are clearly many critical infrastructure and environmental issues that need funding, and attention.

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