Kaçkar Mountains

Local seeking family of French climber who disappeared in 1988

Feridun Altaş is on a trail to find the family of a French mountaineer who died while climbing the Kaçkar Mountains in the Black Sea region 32 years ago.

Altaş, a resident of the Çamlıhemşin district of Rize province, believes bones that he buried in 2000 belong to Philippe Tardieu, whose whereabouts remained unknown for many years after he disappeared.

Five models on way for idyllic Ayder Plateau in Black Sea region

Five firms commissioned with preparing a layout for the transformation of the Ayder Plateau in the Çamlıhemşin district of the Black Sea province of Rize will each offer a model to the authorities, with a two-story limit imposed by the government for development in the idyllic area.  

Environmental fears rise as 'green haven' in Black Sea region turned into 'attraction center'

Authorities a preparing to turn the Ayder Plateau in the Çamlıhemşin district of the Black Sea province of Rize into an "attraction center," raising fears of construction projects and environmental destruction in the famously idyllic area.