Public voting for the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award

During their 19th Ordinary Meeting held in Athens, Greece, in February 2016, the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention decided to establish the “Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award” to be conferred to Mediterranean coastal cities.

The Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award aims to recognize and reward the efforts of local authorities to improve the environment and the quality of life and promote sustainable development in Mediterranean coastal towns and cities. It also aims to encourage local authorities to move towards a more environment friendly future and enable them to act as a role-model to inspire other towns and cities.

By definition, a sustainable coastal city is: “A coastal city in harmony with the sea, utilizing its resources efficiently, equitably and sustainably, reducing its impact on marine and coastal environment and climate change, and managing the environment for the benefit of current and future generations”. Therefore, an environment friendly city is a coastal city in which people enjoy a high quality of life and where sustainable development takes place within the carrying capacity of healthy ecosystems.


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