On November 25, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality filed a candidateship application for adding Gediz Delta to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Gediz Delta is one of the key natural sites in Turkey and it is the home of thousands of species.
Since 2002, Doğa Foundation has been working on protecting Gediz Delta, the home of hundreds of birds and species, and handing this heritage down the next generations and it started a campaign in February 2019 and requested protection of the Delta as a part of UNESCO World Heritage List. The site meets the UNESCO World Heritage criteria, as evidenced in the scientific reports issued by the academicians and environmental activists.
After filing an application to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization for adding Gediz Delta to the UNESCO World Heritage List, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and Doğa Foundation today organized the Workshop on “Gediz Delta on the Way to UNESCO World Heritage List”. This workshop shall create a roadmap for protecting Gediz Delta in the future.
“Gediz Delta is one of the 305 natural reserves and 14 RAMSAR sites in our country. This is a very special wetland. It is one of the places offering the most diverse bird species since it is the home of 298 bird species. This site very important for Izmir and our municipality and we believe that it must be a part of UNESCO World Heritage; hence, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has undertaken this process and, as we had promised before the elections, we prepared our file and presented it to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization” said the Mayor Tunç Soyer.