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Resilient Cities Promoted on the Conference

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İzmir Metropolitan Municipality has completed the “Green Revision: A Framework for the Resilient Cities” Project that is launched for making the city more resilient against the changing climate conditions and determining its green future with a 150 thousand Euro grant from the EU.

The project offers the “optimist and pessimist” climate scenarios and models for 2050 and 2100 and lists actions to be taken under 5 categories. The outputs of the project, implemented with the Landscape Research Foundation, are presented to the public during the international conference.

İzmir Metropolitan Deputy Mayor Dr. Sırrı Aydoğan delivered the keynote speech of the “International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change” organized in İzmir Sanat.

Hakan Alphan, the Chairman of the Landscape Research Foundation, noted that the climate change is on everybody’s agenda nowadays and continued: “As shown by the scientific researches, the climate change will have several outcomes and these outcomes will have direct impacts on our lives”. The topics to be discussed on the first day of the two-day conference are: “Climate Change, Turkey and Local Governments”, “City Ecosystems”, “Ecosystem Services and Management of Natural Resources”, “Urban Green Areas” and “Practices in Turkey”.

The project studies for the Resilient Cities took around 18 months. Balçova District was selected as the Pilot area and its map of the city infrastructure system was prepared and land use plan as well as replacement models were designed. The map of city ecosystem services was prepared. The plan decisions were made so that İzmir might adapt to the climate change. A guidebook including all details obtained and created throughout the project process is prepared. The action plan designed will guide the local governments and other practices to be made in İzmir.
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