Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer examined the 'Natural Route' project on site, covering the southern part of the Gediz Delta. Mayor Soyer said that this natural area, which hosts dozens of birds, especially flamingos, and thousands of species, will be integrated with İzmir by walking and cycling routes. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which is one of Turkey's most important natural habitat that is home to thousands of species and a southern part of the Gediz Delta 'Route Nature' aims to create. Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer, together with the municipal bureaucrats, examined the project covering the beach from Bostanlı to the Çiğli Purification plant on site.
Stating that there is no other metropolis where flamingos breed within the city limits, Mayor Soyer said, “When I took office, I said that I would be the mayor of flamingos, land and sea. We work with the goal of making İzmir a city in harmony with nature. We will ensure the integration of the city with forests and natural areas. İzmir will become an exemplary city with its living parks and green corridors. There are very few natural habitats so close to the city and so well preserved in the world. We will make sure that everyone can see this richness right under the nose of İzmir. We will include this route among the '10 activities that must be done before you die' for the people of Izmir.” Bird watching With the project, which aims to improve the existing roads from Sasalı Ahmet Piriştina Street to Degaj location with natural materials, it is planned to integrate the Gediz Delta with the city. Dirt roads that are not in good physical condition will be made suitable for walking, cycling and battery-powered vehicles and will be transformed into an observation and sightseeing route. Thus, the visitors of the route will have the opportunity to see the beauties of the delta more easily, observe the birds, wildlife and spend time in nature. With the project, which covers the areas under the ownership of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality in the southern part of the delta, it is aimed to re-strengthen the bond between the city and nature. UNESCO application The Gediz Delta, for which Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has made an official candidacy application to be included in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List, covers an area of 40 thousand hectares. Gediz Delta, one of the most valuable natural areas of our country, is not well known even though it is located right next to a big metropolis like İzmir. The urban life of the Gediz Delta, which the people of Izmir could not discover. kazanThe South Sea Delta Project, which is prepared for the construction of the delta, aims to protect the southern part of the delta with all its values and to enable different nature activities to be carried out in the area. While this is being done, measures will be taken to ensure that flamingo, crested pelican and many bird species are not adversely affected by humans.