Izmir has been awarded the “Environment Friendly City Award” within the framework of the Barcelona Agreement to which the European Union is a party of. The award was given for the first time among 21 countries with a coast to the Mediterranean.
Izmir’s local management which targeted the Medditerranean’s protection against pollution, won the ‘Istanbul Environmental Friendly City Award’. This organization was held for the first time, among the 21 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, within the framework of the Barcelona Agreement. İzmir won the title of ‘Environmental Friendly City’ in the contest in which 17 cities in the Mediterranean participated. Crikvenica of Croatia and Tel Aviv of Israel were in the finals with İzmir. UN Environment Program / Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) Coordinator Gaetona Leone sent a message of congratulations and thanked İzmir Metropolitan Mayor Aziz Kocaoglu, who contributed to the sustainable development of the Mediterranean cities. The award was announced on the 19th of December at the 20th Barcelona Agreement meeting of parties that was held in Albania’s capital, Tirana.
The UN Environment Program / Mediterranean Action Plan initiated the ‘Environmental Friendly City Award’ to recognize and reward the efforts of the Mediterranean authorities to improve the environment and quality of life, and to promote sustainable development in cities with coasts to the Mediterranean. The name of the award was decided to be ‘Istanbul Eco-Friendly City’ at a meeting held in Athens last year, as the Barcelona Agreement was established at the meeting held in Istanbul in the first place. Supported by three independent experts, the Technical Committee voted via electronic media to choose İzmir, Croatia’s Crikvenica and Israel’s Tel Aviv cities as the finalists among 17 Mediterranean cities. At the end of the vote, the chosen city was İzmir. The competition, being the first this year, was announced to be repeated every 2 years.