Resettlement Procedure

In energy investment projects, a plan is prepared with the aim of mitigating or minimizing unwilling resettlement while considering alternative project designs and regulating the activities involved in the process. The following objectives are considered in the creation of this plan:

• Identifying the negative social and economic impacts and losses resulting from land acquisition and defining measures to compensate for these losses.

• Determining the rights of all affected groups, especially sensitive individuals and groups, with careful attention.

• Minimizing impacts by ensuring transparency, consultation, and participation of affected parties in the resettlement process.

• Restoring livelihoods and living standards of displaced individuals to their previous levels or, if possible, improving them to pre-displacement levels.

• Improving the living conditions of individuals subject to physical displacement by providing adequate housing in resettlement areas.

Under Law No. 5543 on Resettlement, requirements and responsibilities have been defined for stakeholders who are legal (registered) landowners and have to undergo complete, partial, permanent, or temporary physical or economic displacement, as well as for individuals who are resettled without identifiable legal rights or claims on the land they occupy.

A Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) is tailored for each project, based on a detailed socio-economic study. This study encompasses not only communities that will be relocated but also the characteristics of existing communities in the resettlement area. The RAP is prepared according to the following format.

You can access the resettlement procedure here.