Enhancing Required Joint Efforts on City Air Project
Within the scope of CityAir project which is implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, awareness activities are being carried out and solution suggestions are being developed to improve air quality of 31 cities in Turkey.
Technical and administrative capacities of municipalities and competent authorities will be increased in order to solve the air pollution through site visits and trainings in the city of Kahramanmaraş with the emission inventory workshop which will be attended by authorities from Adana, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Mersin, Osmaniye and Kahramanmaraş in 2-5 December 2019.
Air pollution, which has become one of the biggest environmental problems all over the world, has reached a dangerous level that threatens the fundamental right of people to breathe fresh air. Air pollution is at the top of the list of the most important problems faced people 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 the poor quality fuels used in industry, house heating and 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 that funded by the Republic of Turkey and European Union and implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, aims to raise the air quality thus the quality of life and to raise public awareness in the direction of Turkey's EU Environmental Acquis scope and international conventions which Turkey is a party.
Within the scope of the project, the methods for how to explain the situation in cities under the framework of air quality management together with the emission inventory and modeling tools using them together, are given to the representatives from local authorities. In this direction, technical information and administrative capacities of municipalities and competent authorities will be increased in Adana, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Mersin, Osmaniye ve Kahramanmaraş cities through site visits and trainings in the Kahramanmaraş emission inventory workshop. In the workshop that will be organized for the purpose of improving the air quality of the mentioned cities, one day is allocated for the site visit and stakeholder meeting together with the dedicated session for health and education related representatives from the 7 cities mentioned above. Three-day training 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 funded by Republic of Turkey and 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 for municipalities, 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 within through specific training activities are crucial for training of the local authorities’ staff.
The main purpose of the Project is threefold: