Izmir Marina, which is the only marina in Izmir Bay, which was renovated by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality in 2020 and made available to the public, has been awarded the Blue Flag. Minister Tunç Soyer“We want to increase the relationship of the people of İzmir with the sea and increase the mobility in the Gulf. The Blue Flag received by our marina is an important indicator of the value given to this vision by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.”
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which established the Blue Flag Coordination Unit for the first time in Turkey, has carried out the Blue Flag Coordination Unit in the city as part of the coordination studies it has been carrying out since November 2019. Bayraklı increased the number of public beaches by 78 percent. İzmir Marina, which was taken over and renovated by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality in 2020 and made available to the public, was also entitled to receive the Blue Flag in the marinas category. The Blue Flag was hoisted with a ceremony at Izmir Marina, the only marina in Izmir Bay.
We are proud
In his speech at the ceremony, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor said that this flag is not only a standard of cleanliness and health, but also an international security standard. Tunç Soyer, “A symbol with international recognition, reliability and an international brand power. I am very proud to bring this to İzmir Marina.”
Close to the Bay Blue Bayraklı thesis
Summarizing the work done for the Blue Flag, Mayor Soyer said, “Izmir is a sea city. We continue to work diligently and heartily to further strengthen this feature of our city. We want to increase the relationship of the people of Izmir with the sea, to increase the mobility in the Gulf, to increase the view not only from the land to the sea, but also from the sea to the land. The Blue Flag received by our marina is an important indicator of the value given to this vision by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. The importance of this award for İzmir Bay is that the Marina is now the closest blue sea to İzmir centre. bayraklı coastal facility. I hope Blue Bayraklı step by step, our facilities are expanding towards more central points of the city.”
Karataş: "Evil eye bead of the Gulf"
Turkish Environmental Education Foundation (TÜRÇEV) Northern Aegean Provinces Regional Coordinator Doğan Karataş said, “This situation will be a reward for the environmental sensitivity of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality in a sense. As a citizen, this flag will represent a point where we get closer to the gulf in the context of the dream of a swimmable gulf. Even though this flag we gave to İzmir Marina does not represent swimming, we think it will be the evil eye bead of İzmir Bay.”
Blue Flag waved
After the ceremony, Turkish Environmental Education Foundation (TÜRÇEV) North Aegean Provinces Regional Coordinator Doğan Karataş presented the President Soyer with the Blue Flag certificate. The Blue Flag was hoisted with sirens stolen from the boats.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor attended the ceremony. Tunç Soyer, Turkish Environmental Education Foundation (TÜRÇEV) North Aegean Provinces Regional Coordinator Doğan Karataş, Edirne Mayor Recep Gürkan, Burdur Mayor Ali Orkun Ercengiz, Güzelbahçe Mayor Mustafa İnce, Balçova Mayor Fatma Çalkaya, İZDENİZ Chairman of the Board Osman Hakan Erşen, İZDENİZ General Manager Ümit Yılmaz, Deputy Mayor of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mustafa Özuslu, Secretary General of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Dr. Buğra Gökçe, Chairman of the Board of Directors of IMEAK Chamber of Shipping İzmir Branch Yusuf Öztürk, bureaucrats, representatives of political parties, heads and representatives of non-governmental organizations.
Important for urban tourism
The Blue Flag is an international environmental award given to qualified beaches and marinas that meet the required standards. To qualify for the Blue Flag, a stringent set of environmental, education, safety and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained. The Blue Flag program has an important place in the protection of coasts, the development of environmental awareness and tourism marketing. Although it is an environmental award, it has a great importance in terms of the tourism sector, since it has an international standard feature and the application area is the coasts. The Blue Flag is an indication that İzmir Marina carries the importance it attaches to the environment to international standards. The closest blue to Izmir center bayraklı İzmir Marina, which is a coastal facility, will contribute positively to the sustainability of İzmir Bay. It will contribute to the development of environmental awareness of the people of Izmir, athletes and sea lovers who come to Izmir Marina.
Günceleme: 04/12/2021 11:55