Muğla Metropolitan Municipality, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Muğla Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Muğla marble industry Association organized a ‘Marble and Environment Workshop’ for the residues of the Muğla marble sector to be put in use, a sector in which 10 thousand people were employed. Muğla Mermerciler Association Head Mustafa Ercan stated, “In the city of Muğla, we have exported approximately 300 million in values. We provide 15 percent of Turkey’s natural stone exports. We started to convert our marble debris slowly to talsitic fertilizer, and the amount and quantity of our residues are considerably high. These facilities need to be increased “. Mevlüt Kaya, Chairman of the Aegean Mine Exporters Association, said, “We are a legitimate sector that exports 2.5 billion dollars. We are now on full speed. This year our exports increased by 25 percent “.
GEOGRAPHIC SIGNAL FOR ‘MUGLA BEYAZ’
Muğla Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Bülent Karakus stated that marble named “Muğla White” has applied for geographical signing and that the work for obtaining the patent within one year was in progress. Karakuş stated that the “Mugla White” is an important brand with it’s strenght and durability. Mugla Metropolitan Mayor Osman Gürün said that future expectations about marble were high. Chairman Gürün said, “The purpose of our gathering here is to share our findings about marble and the environment. A problem and the solution. Are there any important issues here? There are. How can we find solutions with all sectors hand-in-hand? How can we transform the residues into additional economic values? Mugla is still not regarded as a need and necessity because the coordination between the institutions and ministries cannot be made. Notwithstanding the fact that these residues can be used very easily in Thermal Power Plants.
Muğla Governor Esengul Civelek stated that increasing the amount of residual marble production is an issue in terms of sustainable nature and environmental protection. “Let’s take a step together to create sustainable mariculture with the public, private sector and NGOs. The purpose of this workshop is to develop numerous solutions, ” she stated.