In line with the goal of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer to create a city that is resistant to climate crisis and drought, producers from Izmir started to grow plants that do not require irrigation. Many producers affiliated to cooperatives in İzmir can produce and sell to the municipality.
With the "Nature is in the City" project, created in line with the "resilient city" goal of Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer, the green areas in many parts of Izmir are designed with plants that do not require irrigation. Within the scope of the project carried out with İzDoğa, the company of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, many cooperatives in the city have changed their production areas and started to produce plants that do not require water, have low maintenance costs and are suitable for the nature and climate of İzmir. Producers producing these products can sell to the municipality. Areas planted with these plants also become a habitat for many different species.
“We make it a living space”
President Tunç Soyer stated that they continue to work for an İzmir that does not struggle with nature, but grows with it, “Our only option is to take measures against the climate crisis in order to leave a livable world to future generations. For this reason, we bring plants that are resistant to drought and do not require water while growing, to the soil all over our city. We are turning the parks and gardens of our city into living spaces.”
“We must produce drought-resistant plants”
Fatih Özcanlı, President of Zeytinova Ornamental Plants Cooperative, said, “With the support of our Bronze President, we also started to produce drought-resistant plants such as black pepper, myrtle, gum, rosemary.”
Gökhan Tümer, a member of Zeytinova Ornamental Plants Cooperative, said, “Previously, there was plenty of water in İzmir, Turkey. However, in recent years, we prefer to produce plants such as blackbash, which is resistant to -10 and 40 degrees, because it requires less water due to drought. Tümer emphasized that they also changed their production areas as the Metropolitan Municipality turned to plants that do not want water and continued his words as follows: “Drought cannot be prevented in Turkey and in the world. That's why we need to renew ourselves, produce drought-resistant plants and be beneficial to our municipalities and our country. Flowers bloom in the mountains of Izmir; We want to combine it with the anthem of flowers blooming on the streets, avenues and cordons of İzmir.”
Cooperatives can sell to the municipality
The preference of plants that do not require irrigation in the new areas created by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality in the city allows cooperatives and producers to turn to these plants. The plants grown by the producers are bought by the municipality and brought together with the soil all over İzmir.