Keywords: environmental impact assessment, Turkey, EIA procedure, Turkish environmental law, developing countries, environmental protection
An evaluation of the environmental impact assessment system in Turkey
In Turkey, as a developing country, environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a critical key for environmental protection. EIA is not regulated in Turkey by means of law, but through a decree put into force on the basis of the relevant provision of the Environmental Law. The EIA Regulation that is currently in effect was rearranged to eliminate operational problems and ensure harmony with European Standards and was put into practice in 2003. In the paper, EIA system is studied under certain headlines and the weak points are determined. Necessary precautions are suggested to strengthen these weak points.