Istanbul Earthquake Platform

Istanbul earthquake platform is being established
Istanbul earthquake platform is being established

Istanbul Earthquake Platform is being established; At the Earthquake Workshop organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, important decisions were made for Istanbul. 'Earthquake safety of buildings, urban transformation, the establishment of disaster centers in districts, state units work in coordination' recommendations came to the fore. IMM Deputy Secretary General Mehmet Çakılcıoğlu stated that the Istanbul Earthquake Platform will be established in order to conduct earthquake studies more participatory, transparent and above the politics.

The Earthquake Workshop organized by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality on December 2-3 in Istanbul Congress Center ended with an evaluation session where problems and solution projects were discussed. During the two-day workshop, the possible earthquake in Istanbul was evaluated extensively.


600, which consists of national and international academics, sector stakeholders, foundations, associations and NGO representatives, has been interested in 'solution tables' where the participants shared their ideas.

Six thematic titles that were announced in the 'Sendai Framework Plan', discussed by the United Nations Disaster Risk Mitigation Center (UNDRR), were discussed at the tables. In the discussion desks, evaluations were made on nearly fifty subjects such as earthquake mechanism, physical damage, urban transformation, social damage, historical and cultural heritage, NGOs and volunteers, emergency coordination.

In the workshop, within the framework of building safe and sound buildings, a consensus was reached to accelerate the urban transformation and to have the authority for the transformation in IMM. Experts, Urban Transformation Inc. by IMM. establishment of the proposal.

Another remarkable recommendation of the workshop was 'establishment of an emergency management system at the level of district municipalities'. Experts pointed out the necessity for coordination between all units of the state.


Making the closing and evaluation speech, IMM Deputy Secretary General Dr. Mehmet Çakılcıoğlu said that the workshop was very productive. Explaining that such works must be sustainable in order to be truly productive, Çakılcıoğlu continued: “If we had talked about how to transform buildings as much as we talked about fault lines for 20 years, we would be at very different points today. We want to involve all stakeholders in Istanbul in a transparent and participatory way. Our President Mr. Ekrem İmamoğluThis is our first activity in line with the earthquake mobilization plan initiated by . This will continue. We will deal with the urban transformation in the first article of the earthquake mobilization plan with a disaster focus. In addition, we will complete the studies on the assembly and shelter areas, which are the subject of discussion. We will focus on education. We will provide awareness trainings to the volunteers, starting with the priority IMM personnel.

We are thinking of a different formation with the energy we have gained for these two days. We plan to build an earthquake platform. We think of a supra-political, transparent and participatory organization that will include many governmental institutions, NGOs, universities and the private sector. ”


Tayfun Kahraman, Head of the Urban Risk Management and Urban Improvement Department of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, who made evaluations on the Istanbul Earthquake Workshop on the IMM website, provided the following information:
“The aim of the Istanbul earthquake workshop was to get new suggestions from the representatives of the institutions, non-governmental organizations and universities following the current studies and to have them test our own roadmap. Through this workshop, we discussed in detail the problems, solutions and projects related to the Istanbul earthquake. At the end of the day, our main problematic and related projects emerged. As IMM, we expected all participants to produce concrete and viable projects that we could benefit from. Every table worked with this precision. ”

IMM Urban Transformation Manager Kemal Duran stated that they completed the workshop with the participation of a very wide stakeholder and that they took this workshop beyond a 'fault line discussion' and transformed it into a platform where solutions for the preparation of earthquake earthquake were discussed.

All project and solution proposals developed in Istanbul Earthquake Workshop will be reported by IMM and shared with relevant stakeholders and the public.

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