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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2004 | Volume: 4 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 181-183
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2004.181.183
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Considering the Statutory Protection of Soil in Turkey with Regard to Existing Law

Z. Zaimoglu and T. Ozderyol

Many countries in the world have guaranteed protection of their soil by means of statutory protection. Their use of soil therefore has been governed by legislative resolutions and respect for ecological concerns. In Turkey, the soil is viewed as a means of production and its use and protection has been traditionally left to the farming community. It is generally considered that Articles 44 and 45 of the Constitution grant a general right of protection to soil. However a major problem appears to be the lack of a code of law detailing specific rights over soil and its usage. Whereas several administrative bodies are considered to have authority in this matter, the lack of a specific code with detailed areas of responsibility means that this authority is never exercised. Therefore there is a problem of legislation. The second problem, already referred to is land usage. Soil in Turkey has been solely regarded as an agent of production without any regard for the issues of economic sustainability or environmental protection. The political strength of the farming lobby in Turkey has prevented the development of an environmental protection code to ensure balanced ecological development. The purpose of this study is to consider what legislative measures may be taken for the protection of soil, having regard to social requirements.
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Z. Zaimoglu and T. Ozderyol, 2004. Considering the Statutory Protection of Soil in Turkey with Regard to Existing Law. Journal of Applied Sciences, 4: 181-183.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2004.181.183






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