Monitoring "Air Quality" and Raising Awareness Project of Ministry of Environment and Urbanization has been initiated.
Ministry of Environment and Urban Development's CITY AIR project, that is funded by European Union and the Republic of Turkey, has been launched in order to improve the air quality in 31 provinces in Turkey.
Professional experts have emphasized that air pollution is one of the most significant factors that
threaten human health. There are lots of studies conducted globally within the scope of the combat
against air pollution. Ministry of Environment and Urbanization is also implementing a full-scale
project to improve air quality. Within the scope of the project, various awareness raising and
improvement studies will be conducted in different provinces of Turkey.
The first workshop of the project was held on 9 April 2019 at the Conference Hall of Ministry of
Environment and Urbanization in Ankara. With this project, which is supported by European Union
and which will last for three years, it is aimed to improve the air quality significantly in 31 provinces
of Turkey. The provinces that will be covered by 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.
What makes Air Quality so significant?
Air pollution; causes acid rain, smog and reduces the ozone layer; however, the most important
effect of it is observed on human health. According to the list called as "Ten threats to global health
in 2019" announced by World Health Organization, the most prominent issue that will demand
attention is air pollution. According to the report of World Health Organization',
9 out of 10 people breathe polluted air every day and air pollution kills 7 million people prematurely
every year from diseases caused by itself.
With the clean air project of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, it is aimed to raise public
awareness on the impact of air pollution and pollution on human health. In line with this aim,
trainings will be organized in various provinces and individuals of all age groups will be informed on
the adverse effects of poor air quality on human health.
Within the scope of the project, the cooperation with local municipalities will be ensured and the
technical and administrative capacities of the competent authorities will be increased in order to
resolve the issue of air pollution. The air quality of provinces will be monitored consistently by
emission measurements and the relevant units will report the changes in air quality. With the
awareness and the effective combat ensured, it is expected that health issues caused by air pollution
decrease significantly in the long run.