Enhancing Required Joint Efforts on City Air Project

“Technical Assistance for Improving Air Quality and Raising Public Awareness in Cities in Turkey” namely CITYAIR Project organizes the emission inventory workshop in İzmir.

Within the scope of CityAir project, implemented by the Ministry of Environment and  Urbanization, awareness raising activities are carried out and solutions are proposed to improve air quality in 31 cities in Turkey.

Technical and administrative capacity of municipalities and competent authorities will be  strengthened in order to eradicate the problem of air pollution through site visits and  training activities in İzmir within the scope of the emission inventory  workshop. The workshop, where the authorities from İzmir, Manisa, Uşak, Muğla, Aydın and Denizli will attend, will take place on 25 - 28 February 2020.

Air pollution, which has become one of the biggest environmental problems all over the world, has reached a dangerous level threatening the fundamental right of people to breathe fresh air. Air pollution is at the top of the list of the most important problems people  are facing, announced by the  World Health Organization in 2019. 9 out of 10 people breathe polluted air in the world and 7 million people die every year due to diseases caused by air pollution. 

Especially poor quality fuels used in industry and residential heating as  well as the large number of vehicles in transportation are the main factors affecting the air quality. Air pollution, which poses a significant threat to human health, especially for children, the elderly, pregnant women, also causes major economic losses. The health  impact of air pollution on the economy has reached billions of dollars all over the world. 

CityAir Project, co-funded by the Republic of Turkey and European Union and implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, aims to improve air quality  and thus the quality of life and to raise public awareness within the framework of Turkey's harmonization process with the EU Environmental Acquis and international conventions to which Turkey is a party. 

Within the scope of the project, the representatives from local authorities are provided with the relevant methods to explain the situation in cities under the framework of air quality management together with the emission inventory and modeling tools. In this  direction, technical information and administrative capacities of municipalities and competent authorities will be enhanced in İzmir,  Manisa, Uşak, Muğla, Aydın and Denizli provinces through training sessions in İzmir emission  inventory workshop. During the  workshop that will be organized for the purpose of improving the air quality of the above-mentioned cities, a three-day training activity will include the preparation, calculation of emission inventories, basic principles and objectives of the province-specific emission 
inventory, and modeling requirements and the necessary topics of air quality management tools with practices as a whole.

About the CityAir Project
CityAir Project that is co-funded by the Republic of Turkey and the European Union, is being carried out to improve the air quality in 31 provinces in Turkey. Within the scope of the project, efforts are made to raise awareness of air quality related issues among  unicipalities, decision makers, children, women and different levels of society. Provinces involved in the Project are; Aydın, Denizli, İzmir, Manisa, Muğla, Uşak, Adana, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kahramanmaraş, Kilis, Mersin, Osmaniye, Amasya, Çorum, Giresun, Ordu,  Samsun, Sinop, Sivas, Tokat, Afyon, Aksaray, Antalya, Burdur, Isparta, Karaman, Kayseri, Konya, Nevşehir and Niğde.

Objectives of the project
Main objectives of the project set out to increase capacity through institutions are revisions of local  clean air action plan in 31 provinces, identification of measures to be taken for air quality to be obtained on a sectoral basis, particularly in sectors of transportation,  industry, residential heating and agriculture and preparation of emission management road map. Air quality workshops and site visits to increase the capacity of the key stakeholders’ staff in 31 cities to improve air quality through specific training activities are crucial  for training of the local authorities’ staff. 

About the Project

The main purpose of the Project is threefold:

  1.  Improvethe capacity of the air emissions inventory system, including tools used for AQ management, together with AQ modelling, HEY Portal, GIS, and other IT as a whole;
  2.  UpdateClean AirActionPlans (CAAPs) for 31 cities located in the Southeast Anatolian, South Inner Anatolian, Aegean, Middle Black Sea and Mediterraneanregions; 
  3.  Boost pprovincial emission abatement strategies and a package of measures that help improve the quality of ambient air by raising awareness in the public.