Izmir Metropolitan Municipality hosted the "Regional Cooperation Meeting on Marine Litter Best Practices" of the participating countries of the United Nations Environment Program, which came together within the framework of the Barcelona Convention.
Within the scope of the United Nations Environment Program - Mediterranean Action Plan, Izmir, which won the award for the first time in 2017 in order to recognize the efforts of cities that have a coast to the Mediterranean and to promote their sustainable development, and also to the 2018 technical meeting organized by the MAP Coordinator. hosted.
A meeting held at the Cultural Center Historic Gas France, Italy, Greece, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Slovenia, Libya, Tunisia and Turkey joined representatives.
UNJA Deputy Coordinator Tatjana Hema, who directed the meeting, said, “Izmir, which we awarded last year, performs best practices in environmental protection practices. Izmir is a great city. I also congratulate the Metropolitan Municipality for restoring this historical building very well. ”
Both sea and land
In the meeting where regional best practices were shared about the sea litter and regional cooperation was discussed, the Secretary General of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality said. Buğra Gökçe explained the activities they carried out. Gokce, who stated that the collection of floating wastes in the Izmir Bay was carried out by 2 sea broom ship, çe The Blue Bay 2013 sea broom in the 2 was manufactured in accordance with the geographical conditions of the inner Gulf of Izmir and especially to work in the coastal areas. The Blue Bay 2017 sea broom ship that we bought in 3 has both the characteristics of the collection of floating waste and the ability to interfere with the oil pollution that may occur in sea accidents. We continue to work with very shallow areas where sea broom ships cannot enter and on the shores we work with landfill collection teams. 2016 tons in 1638, 2017 tons in 1199, 2018 by October October 533 tons of waste collected have collected N.
We are ahead
Izmir Bay Water quality monitoring studies have continued since 2001 said. Buğra Gökçe continued:
“We take sea water samples from the bay from the bottom and the surface from 11 determined stations once a month and analyze them. We work closely with universities on this issue. We are number 1 in our country with the number of treatments in European Union standards, the amount of wastewater treatment per person and the rate of treatment in EU standards. As a result of this, the International Blue Flag Jury, blue in Turkey this year bayraklı 10 of the 4 new beaches it added to the beaches were in İzmir. The contribution of the advanced biological treatment facilities that our Municipality has been implementing one after another in this increase is great. It is by far ahead of Izmir, Istanbul and Ankara. The water we treat per capita is approximately 10 times that of Ankara. "
In his speech, Gökçe also gave detailed information on the projects of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality on sustainability and environment, and on rail system investments that reduce carbon emissions.