Neşe Karahan is a pioneer of the struggle against human rights violations stemming from gold-mining activities, dam projects, hydroelectric power plants, and projects such as “Green Road” in Artvin which destroy ecological areas.
She has been the chairwoman of the Yeşil Artvin Derneği (“Green Artvin Association”) since 2009. She considers “the struggle of protecting the nature as a defense of the life”.
As a woman envrionmental rights defender from Turkey, Neşe Karahan was invited to many national and international events as speaker. She also received numerous prestigious awards, including “Lawyer Noyan Özkan Environment and Ecology Award” from the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, “Climate and Evironmental Issues Award” from Turkish Thorax Association, “Contribution to the Environment Award” from the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects. She continues to contribute to the struggle for the protection of the environment against the growing number of environmental disasters in Turkey through her activities at Yeşil Artvin Derneği as the association’s chairwoman.