We are committed to maintain the ecological quality of the area.
We conducted detailed field studies in 2014 within the scope of the Environmental and Social Impact assessment efforts in order to implement conservation projects without delay.
We are committed to preserving the area’s plant diversity.
Plans for protection of the woodland portion of the project site are currently under development. Species of flora naturally growing on the project site are secured and stored for later use in landscaping the airport. Meanwhile, discussions and planning for various projects, such as ecological corridor initiatives, are underway.
Seeds from endemic plants across the project site were collected and transferred to Ankara Seed Bank. At the same time, bulbs of endemic and rare non-endemic plants in the area were removed to similar habitats outside the project site.
Among the saplings in the area, 10,000 were transferred to schools and public spaces in Arnavutköy and Eyüp districts, while the remaining were relocated to afforestation zones surrounding the project site.
The flora conservation studies in 2014 were followed up in spring 2015 by specialists who reported a 100% success rate.
İGA guarantees a 1 to 5 planting rate for trees. In addition to this significant afforestation commitment, we will also implement various offset projects.
We are committed to preserving the area’s animal diversity.
Within the scope of our ESIA efforts, a team of experts specializing in related fields conducted detailed field studies in 2014 in order to identify sensitive and endemic species, and to define protection measures accordingly.
These measures were implemented as of mid-year 2014, with support from our consultants, biologists and environmental engineers.
In this context, we carried out a comprehensive study of Nannospalax leucodon (mole rat) and Canis lupus (gray wolf) populations around the project site. As part of the fauna protection program, led by academics and consultants, we collected turtles for relocation to suitable habitats.
Likewise, we work in coordination with relevant organizations for long-term studies involving mammal populations in and around the project area.
Bird monitoring studies for the Istanbul New Airport project began in September 2013. Throughout 2014, comprehensive bird monitoring studies were conducted from four observation stations in a 12-kilometer band across the project site.
İGA employs five full-time ornithologists in order to establish a bird database. For the first time in the world, bird monitoring has been supported by a 24/7 Bird Radar from the construction phase onward.
Simultaneous monitoring was started at the project site in 2014, along with Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport, and İSTAÇ Odayeri Solid Waste Landfill and Compost Facilities. The project is led by Prof. Dr. İlhami Kiziroğlu and his team of scientists. The two-year study aims to provide a cumulative evaluation and risk assessment.
The studies will help create a reliable bird database to organize a “Bird Management Program” in line with the highest international standards. Istanbul New Airport's “Flight Safety” program will set an example for similar airports.
Large scale projects may, by their nature, cause a variety of social impacts. What's important is to identify any potential impact beforehand, and then develop and implement necessary measures accordingly. For this purpose, as part of our ESIA studies, we carried out a detailed examination of the inhabitants of the project's influence area, their access to accurate information about the project, and their pertinent expectations.
As the project site is located within both Arnavutköy and Eyüp municipalities, we maintain open communications and cooperation with the local populace, civic leaders, mayors and district governors. We established a Complaints Mechanism in order to receive and correctly manage comments, complaints and suggestions from the public. We record and manage all feedback we receive.
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