deforestation for power by kürşat bayhan
Istanbul and Ankara have seen large-scale migration which has led to a swelling population, high levels of development, and increased population density. Many residents in the city seek more peaceful green zones where they can “escape” to breathe fresh air and experience the “natural” world. With the increased levels of development, Turkey is facing the increasing loss of the natural environment, in particular near the capital, Istanbul.
İnceburun is a natural Peninsula that is 19 km away from the center of Sinop city in the northeast region of Turkey. Most residents survive by organic agriculture and breeding livestock. The area is also an important location for fishing in the entire Black Sea Region. In May 2013, the Turkish goverment signed an agreement to construct the second nuclear power plant on the İnceburun Peninsula with a joint effort by the Japanese and French goverments. Zeki Gürbüz, an activist and founder of Against the Nuclear Power Station Platform says, “To build up a power station in the peninsula will turn this paradise to hell.”
Kürşat Bayhanwas born in Malatya in 1980. After he graduated from the communication and journalism department at the University of Marmara in 2003, he started a masters education in photojournalism at Social Sciences Academy. He started to work as a profesional photojournalist at Zaman Daily Newspaper in 2003.