The Turkish environment minister said on Friday that the number of tourists visiting Turkey had risen in line with the increasing number of green fields in the country.
Speaking at the inauguration of a waste disposal facility in the northern Amasya province, Turkish Environment & Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu said, "Nearly 400 of Turkey's beaches have blue flags. If Turkey, which once hosted 7 million tourists, receives 25-30 million visitors today, I believe environment and green fields have an important role in such increase".
Replying to questions of reporters after the inaugural ceremony, Eroglu also commented on Turkey's hydro-electric power plants.
"Opening of hydro-electric power plants is a necessity for Turkey. However, no damage should be done to the environment during such process," the minister said.
Upon a question on whether Turkey would run out of fresh water supplies by the year 2030, Eroglu noted that Turkey had an action plan against problems related to water.
"We have prepared plans on potable water and irrigation taking into consideration the period until 2058. We will not have any problems," he said.
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