The “Urban Mobility and Port Cities Workshop”, the first of the “Green Transport in Turkey” series, hosted by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and organized by the World Bank and the European Union, started at the Historical Coal Gas Factory Cultural Center. World Bank Regional Director for Infrastructure Charles Joseph Cormier İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, representatives of the World Bank, Head of the European Union Delegation to Turkey Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, and many guests from Turkey and abroad attended the workshop.
“16 PERCENT OF THE VOLUME OF SHIPPING TRADE IN TURKEY IS IN IZMIR”
Referring to İzmir’s historical past and its character as a port city, Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “İzmir is one of the most important port cities of the Mediterranean, which has hosted 8,500 years of uninterrupted human settlement. Today, we continue to keep our city’s characteristic of being a port and a commercial city from its history. According to the data of 2021, 16 percent of the maritime trade volume in Turkey in terms of cargo is loaded with the ports of Aliağa, Çeşme, Dikili and Alsancak in İzmir. For this reason, I am very pleased that this valuable workshop was held in Izmir.”
“OUR GOAL IS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”
President Soyer, drawing attention to the epidemic, war and natural disasters in the last three years, said, “We have to continue the struggle against all these negativities with a common mind and solidarity. Now, not only in our own neighborhood, district, province, but also in every river, mountain, lake and lake wherever they are in the world. We have a responsibility towards living things and nature as a whole. We prepared the 5-year strategic plan of İzmir right after I was elected as the Metropolitan Municipality Mayor in 2019. We broke new ground in this plan and covered all 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Sustainable development goals for İzmir “It has two basic meanings. The first is to increase welfare and while doing so, to prevent income inequality. The second is to continue the growth of the city in harmony with nature.”
“A RESULT OF OUR EUROPEAN AWARD APPLICATIONS”
Reminding that the European Award, which will be given to Izmir at the ceremony to be held tomorrow, is the result of these strategic goals and their correct implementation, Mayor Soyer said, “Urban mobility constitutes one of the main target groups in our strategic plan. It is estimated that this will increase to 6.2 million in 2030. Therefore, we decided to define a brand new horizon for İzmir in terms of sustainability and resilience.”
“PURPOSE TO ESTABLISH A TRANSPORTATION NETWORK WEIGHTED RAIL”
Pointing out that İzmir’s public transportation policy consists of four main principles, Soyer continued his words as follows: “We are working to create a transportation system that is affordable for our citizens, efficient for our municipality, comfortable for passengers and sustainable for nature. The method for this is a rail system-based method. to establish a transportation network. Narlıdere Metro and Çiğli Tram are under construction. We will have put both lines into service in the centennial of our Republic. Finally, we have launched the biggest investment in İzmir’s history, the Buca Metro. This line serves 400 thousand citizens every day comfortably, without carbon emissions and without noise. We are preparing a mobility plan for İzmir, extending from our ports to the streets of the city. The İzmir Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, which we started yesterday, is the cornerstone of our efforts. Another carrier of the same process is that İzmir has received the title of the world’s first CittaSlow Metropol. solidarity in the formation of outputs The contributions of the European Union Delegation to Turkey, the World Bank, and other local, national and international stakeholders we work with are extremely valuable. I believe that this workshop will produce very important results with the inspiration it will draw from İzmir’s history and port identity. We are already ready for the decisions that experts and scientists will make regarding the formation of İzmir’s green transportation policies. We will do our best to implement the decisions with great seriousness and care.”
“WE TRUST OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH TURKEY”
Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, Head of the European Union Delegation to Turkey, said, “As the European Union, we signed the Green Agreement. When we say maritime transport or sea transport, we know the importance of ports for cities like Izmir. As the EU, we call it zero emissions by 2050 in line with these goals. We want to extend the green consensus to every area of our lives. We will continue our cooperation with Turkey in these studies and continue our work. I would like to thank Mr. President Tunç Soyer as a part and implementer of this transformation. We trust our partnership with Turkey. “Whatever needs to be done, we will do it hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder.”
“WE WILL TALK ABOUT SEA TRANSPORTATION IN IZMIR”
World Bank Regional Director for Infrastructure Charles Joseph Cormier, who attended the workshop via video conference, drew attention to the importance of issues such as port cities, access to opportunities, protection of vulnerable groups, and security of cities. “Today, we will also focus on the steps taken by Turkey on climate,” said Cormier. Stating that they reiterated their commitment to meet more often, Cormier stated that he found the workshop important to take one more step in carbon reduction.