Evaluating sustainable land use for the De irmendere valley: A case study from northeastern Turkey

Demir O. , Yacinkaya M., Atasoy M., Bayrak T., Biyik C.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND WORLD ECOLOGY, cilt.14, ss.626-633, 2007 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 14 Konu: 6
  • Basım Tarihi: 2007
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/13504500709469760
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.626-633


Regional land-use development projects are undertaken to protect water resources necessary for agriculture, energy and sustaining human life. The Degirmendere valley, in the province of Trabzon in the Black Sea region of Turkey, provides clean water to the city of Trabzon. The valley is part of the Silk Road from Asia to the Black Sea and contains historical monasteries such as Sumela, Kustul and Vazelon. However, over the years, misuse of the valley has caused freshwater, sea and environmental pollution. In an attempt to overcome these problems, a multilateral project, Degirmendere Vadisi (Cevre Duzenlemesi (DEVACED), was launched in the region. This paper aims to provide information necessary for engineering projects within the region. Six villages, on both sides of the valley, were selected for this research and evaluated in terms of river basin utilization, topography, cadastral survey of property and ownership, and land readjustment improvements. The study found illegal and improper urbanization, including industrial facilities within the valley causing water pollution. Current cadastral base maps are not sufficiently accurate for engineering projects, and in some places buildings have been constructed on unstable soils that are susceptible to landslides. The research results have helped to generate important recommendations for rehabilitation of the river basin.