Air quality workshop was held in Kahramanmaraş within the scope of the CityAir Project.
Within the scope of the CityAir project which is implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, awareness studies are being carried out and solution suggestions are being developed to improve the air quality of 31 cities in Turkey.
The Emission Inventory Workshops were held with more than fifty participants from 7 provinces in Kahramanmaraş within the scope of the Improving Air Quality and Raising Public Awareness in Cities (CityAir) Project.
Through the field visits and formator training for stakeholders during the Kahramanmaraş Air Quality Workshop held on 2-5 December 2019 with the participants of authorities from Adana, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Mersin, Osmaniye, and Kahramanmaraş, the technical knowledge and administrative capacities of municipalities and competent authorities on air pollution were increased.
Air pollution becoming one of the biggest environmental problems in the world has reached a level that threatens the most fundamental right of people to breathe clean air. Air pollution is at the top of the list of the most important problems the world faces in 2019, which was announced by the World Health Organization. 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.
The increase in the number of vehicles used in transportation, fuels used in industry and residences are among the factors that negatively affect air quality. Air pollution that significantly threatens human health, especially the health of children, the elderly, and pregnant women, also results in great economic losses. Air pollution economically costs billions of dollars worldwide in terms of health.
CityAir Project, Technical Assistance for Improving Air Quality and Raising Public Awareness in Cities, funded by the Republic of Turkey and the European Union, aims to raise the air quality thus the quality of life and to raise public awareness in line with the European Union Environmental Acquis and international conventions of which Turkey is a contracting party.
Within the scope of the project, methods are being explained to local governments and stakeholders in the provinces to show that how they explain the issue to our citizens by using the components of emission inventory creation and modeling in air quality management. With a heightened awareness and effective combat, the knowledge rate of air pollution is expected to increase significantly in the long term.
In this context, the technical knowledge and administrative capacities of municipalities and relevant stakeholder institutions related to air pollution were increased by the field visit and workshop attended by officials from Kahramanmaraş, Adana, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Mersin, and Osmaniye. One day was allocated for a field visit in the workshop where the current situation and future planning details regarding the air quality of the provinces were discussed. During the three-day training, development stages on the provinces, basic principles and objectives, and modeling were discussed in detail. In the workshop, air quality management was studied practically by considering all its components, and the issue was discussed by all stakeholders.