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Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality discusses the Canal Istanbul Project in every aspect in the workshop attended by scientists. The opening speech of the workshop, which will be held on January 10, at Istanbul Congress Center, will be made by IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu.

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality discusses the Kanal Istanbul project, which is intended to be realized in Istanbul, a unique city with its natural beauties, history and geopolitical location, at a workshop attended by leading academics of our country. Kanal Istanbul, which has not been evaluated with public debate until today, will be discussed by scientists with a participatory understanding for the first time.

In the workshop, all possible impacts of the Kanal Istanbul Project, which was introduced to the public as “Crazy Project ında in 2011, will be thoroughly evaluated. The project will focus on environmental, social and legal aspects, as well as the dimensions of urbanism, transport and cultural heritage. Channel Istanbul's security, disaster risk and seismicity issues will be discussed by experts.


The workshop will be held on 10 January at the Istanbul Congress Center and will be open to all Istanbul residents who register through the website. Ekrem İmamoğlu, the President of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, will present the final statement at the end of the workshop. The declaration will be communicated to the relevant people, institutions and organizations and shared with the public.


DATE: Friday, January 10, 2020

HOURS: 08.30-19.30



08.30 - 09.00 Registration

09.00 - 09.15 Opening

09.15 - 09.45 Presentation: “Channel Istanbul's Past and Present”

Gürkan AKGÜN IMM, Head of Reconstruction and Urbanization Department

09.45 - 10.15 The President of IMM Speech by Ekrem İMAMOĞLU

10.30 - 12.30 1st Sessions

A.1. Political Economy of Kanal Istanbul

Moderator: Yiğit Oğuz DUMAN Advisor to the President of IMM


Çiğdem TOKER - Journalist and Writer

Professor Dr. Fikret ADAMAN - Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics

Professor Dr. Haluk LEVENT - Bilgi University, Faculty of Business Administration

Professor Dr. Uğur EMEK - Başkent University, Department of Economics

A.2. Spatial Planning, Urbanism and Transportation

Moderator: İbrahim Orhan DEMİR Deputy Secretary General of IMM


Professor Dr. Haluk GERÇEK - ITU Retired Faculty Member Transportation Specialist

Professor Dr. Nuran Zeren GÜLERSOY - Işık University Department of Architecture and Design

Assoc. Dr. Pelin Pınar GİRİTLİOĞLU - TMMOB, Istanbul Branch of Chamber of City Planners

Professor Dr. Şevkiye Şence TÜRK - ITU Department of City and Regional Planning

A.3. Environmental Dimension, Water and Ecology Dr. Contact Yasin directly

IMM Park Garden and Green Areas Head of Department


Assoc. Dr. Ahsen YÜKSEK - Istanbul University Department of Marine Sciences and Management

Professor Dr. Prof. Dr. Cemal SAYDAM - Hacettepe University Department of Environmental Engineering

Professor Dr. Derin ORHON - Near East University Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Dr. Doğanay TOLUNAY - İstanbul University - Cerrahpaşa Forestry Faculty

Dr. Sadat ITEMS - World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Turkey Protection Director

Selahattin BEYAZ - TMMOB, Chamber of Environmental Engineers, Istanbul Branch, Head of Water and Wastewater Commission

A.4. Social Dimension and Participation

Moderator: Mahir POLAT Head of IMM Cultural Heritage Department


Assoc. Dr. Ayfer Bartu CANDAN - Boğaziçi University Department of Sociology

Bekir AĞIRDIR - General Manager of KONDA Research and Consultancy Company

Professor Dr. İhsan BİLGİN - İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture

Professor Dr. Prof. Murat Cemal YALÇINTAN - MSGSÜ Department of City and Regional Planning

14.00 - 16.00 2nd Sessions

B.1. Legal Framework and Security Moderator: Eren SÖNMEZ

IMM 1. Legal Counsel


Assoc. Dr. Ceren Zeynep PİRİM - Galatasaray University Faculty of Law

Hunting. Mehmet DURAKOĞLU - Chairman of Istanbul Bar Association

Dr. Rıza TÜRMEN - Lawyer, Ambassador

Saim OĞUZÜLGEN - Retired Pilot

Türker ERTÜRK - Retired Rear Admiral

B.2. Disaster Risk and Seismicity

Moderator: View Tayfun's Full Profile

IMM Department of Earthquake Risk Management and Urban Improvement


Professor Dr. Celâl ŞENGÖR - ITU Department of Geological Engineering

Professor Dr. Haluk EYİDOĞAN - ITU Retired Faculty Member

Department of Geophysical Engineering

Professor Dr. Murat BALAMİR - METU Retired Faculty Member

Department of City and Regional Planning

Professor Dr. Naci GÖRÜR - ITU Retired Faculty Member

Founding Member of Geological Engineering Science Academy

Nusret SUNA - Chamber of Civil Engineers

B.3. Spatial Planning, Urbanism and Cultural Heritage

Moderator: Deputy Secretary General of IMM.


Professor Dr. Azime TEZER - ITU Department of City and Regional Planning

Professor Dr. Hüseyin Tarık ŞENGÜL - METU Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Professor Dr. Iclal DİNÇER - Turkey National Committee of ICOMOS President of City and Regional Planning Department PT

Mücella YAPICI MTMMOB, Chamber of Architects Istanbul Branch

Dr. M. Sinan GENİM - Architect

Yiğit OZAR - Archaeologists Association, Istanbul Branch Chairman

B.4. Environmental Dimension, Climate and Ecology

Moderator: Ahmet ATALIK IMM, Head of Mukhtars and Food Department.


Professor Dr. Doğan KANTARCI - Istanbul University Retired Faculty, Department of Soil Science and Ecology

Murat KAPIKIRAN - President of TMMOB Chamber of Agricultural Engineers Istanbul Branch

Professor Dr. Murat TÜRKEŞ - Boğaziçi University Climate Change and Policy Research and Application Center

Dr. Ümit ŞAHİN - Sabancı University Climate Studies Coordinator

Assoc. Dr. Sevim BUDAK - Istanbul University, Department of Public Administration and Political Science

16.30 - 17.30 Moderator Presentations and Evaluation

17.30 - 19.00 Forum

19.00 - 19.30 Closing Remarks

Dr. More professionals named Mehmet ÇAKILCIOĞLU

Deputy Secretary General of IMM

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