The puzzle of Turkish river privatisation

Desperation appears to have led the Turkish government to consider the possibility of privatising its rivers. It is likely to encounter stiff opposition if it goes ahead.

While the water levels behind Turkey’s main dams are decreasing day by day (Ankara’s have now dropped to less than 3%), and frequent water cuts in major cities seem inevitable, various kinds of alternative solutions are being sought by politicians, local authorities and bureaucrats. A recent statement by Hilmi Güler, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, has opened up a new...

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