Continuing its efforts to create vegetation resistant to forest fires and climate crisis in İzmir, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality signed a protocol with Hacettepe University to conduct ecology research in the city. President Tunç Soyer said, “The data obtained from the research will be used in the planning of the city and will shed light on the future of İzmir.”
Another important step was taken in line with the "resilient city" and "living in harmony with nature" vision of Tunç Soyer, the Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. A protocol was signed between Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and Hacettepe University for ecology research in the city. The signing ceremony of the protocol covering forest fires, preference of fire resistant plants and İzmir's biodiversity was held online.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, Hacettepe University Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Cahit Güran and Vice Rector for Research Prof. Dr. Vural Gökmen and Project Manager Prof. Dr. Çağatay Tavşanoğlu, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Secretary General Şükran Nurlu, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Fire Department Head İsmail Derse, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Parks and Gardens Department Head Erhan Önen, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Advisor Güven Eken attended.
“We will learn about where and what to do”
Speaking at the signing ceremony, President Tunç Soyer stated that they are working to create vegetation suitable for the nature and climate of İzmir and said, “With this research, we will have gained information about where and what we should do. What kind of work should we carry out in the green areas of our city, how we should landscape, we will try to find the answer to this. More importantly, data on İzmir's biodiversity will be used in the planning of the city and will shed light on İzmir's future plans.”
“This vision can set an example for many cities”
Hacettepe University Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Cahit Güran congratulated President Tunç Soyer for his visionary perspective and said, “The rehabilitation works that started after the fire in İzmir continue with protective measures. As important as the work to be done after a disaster is, it is also important not to encounter that disaster or to take measures to reduce the damage that will occur when it is encountered. This vision sets a model that can set an example for many cities.”
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Vural Gökmen also said, “I know that we are at the right address. I hope this cooperation will set an example.” Project Manager Prof. Dr. Çağatay Tavşanoğlu said, “I am sure that your vision of creating a city that is resistant to fire and climate change will set an example for other cities in Turkey.”
What does the protocol contain?
With the protocol, which is based on a research that will last for two years, researching the relationship between climate change and fire, especially in the forest and maquis areas of İzmir, determining the renewal levels of fire-affected areas, determining the possibilities of using plant species that are more resistant and compatible to fire and climate change in urban landscape and afforestation studies. In addition, it is aimed to investigate the birds, mammals, inland water fish and plant species that are among the important elements of İzmir's biological diversity. All biodiversity data obtained will be transferred numerically to the Geographical Information System database. In this way, a database that can be used in urban planning will be created by obtaining biodiversity data in 5×5 square kilometers in protected areas and 10×10 kilometers in other areas within the borders of İzmir province. In addition, in the restoration works to be carried out in the forests of İzmir after the fire, ecological planning and plant species that are more resistant to drought and fire will be used in landscaping and afforestation works.