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Yeşildere is a town in Karaman Province, Turkey
Yeşildere, Karaman Wikipedia
Yeşildere at 37°10′N 33°30′E is 35 kilometres (22 mi) east of Karaman. The town is situated at the south Toros Mountains along the valley of İbrala rivulet. The population of the town is 1264 and is on the decrease.
The former name of the town was İbrala. Only a few documents about the history of İbrala survive. Probably the town was founded during medieval age, for the mosque of the town had been built on the ruins of a church (The name of the mosque is kilisecamii meaning church mosque) However, there were Christian Turks around Karaman area up to 20th century and the church might be built at a later period. (see Karamanlides) Formerly a village, Yeşildere was declared a town in 1954.
Yeşildere is a typical agricultural town. Irrigation has always been a problem . But there is a small dam under construction on the rivulet which is planned to irrigate 13,000 hectares (32,000 acres). Yeşildere residents hope that this may prevent further loss in population.
According to Sustainable development report prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (Turkey) the projected population of Yeşildere in 2025 is 8000. The present master plan of the town is found to be sufficient for the future expansion.