Environmental Impacts of Regional Development Plans: Gap Example in Turkey
GAP Region which includes Adıyaman, Batman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Kilis, Mardin, Siirt, Şanlıurfa and Şırnak
Cities, also called upper Mesopotamia Multi-purpose, is human-centered sustainable large-scale regional development
projects. it covers about 10% of the population of Turkey and the territory of of Turkey. With the rapid urbanization in the
GAP region, environmental problems are emerging. In general, environmental problems can be described as pollution in the
air, water and soil, and that pollution threatens the health of people. due to poor quality of coal used in heating in winter,
Smoke and gas from wastes and rain water, unplanned urbanization can cause serious environmental problems. if waste is
left to environment without taking precautions, the issues such as garbage in the city, industrial and medical waste,
petroleum product wastes, sewage water can occur.
Key Words- Environment, GAP Region, Environmental Problems, Regional Development projects, unplanned urbanization.