İzmir Metropolitan Municipality has created an uninterrupted ecological corridor on the coastal section of Peynircioğlu Stream in Mavişehir, Halk Park and the following route within the scope of combating the global climate crisis. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer examined the works completed in Peynircioğlu Stream, which will become the new attraction center for İzmir residents.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality's struggle with the global climate crisis continues. Another implementation of the "Urban Green Up-Nature Based Solutions" project, which was prepared within the scope of the European Union's "HORIZON 2020" program and received a grant of 2,3 million Euros, has been completed. An "uninterrupted ecological corridor" has been established on the coastal part of Peynircioğlu Stream in Mavişehir, Halk Park and the following route. Flood control was achieved in the stream and a new green area was created around the stream with environmentally friendly practices without using an impermeable surface. With a budget of 12 million TL, the edge of the Peynircioğlu Stream has become an area where Izmirians can meet with the green and relax, walk and exercise in the fresh air.
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer works carried out in and around the stream Karşıyaka He examined it with the Mayor Cemil Tugay. Stating that the project is the first and very successful example of the green infrastructure project that they want to implement as İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, Mayor Soyer said, “It is an area where people will find peace of mind. On the one hand, the stream was cleared, on the other hand, a living space of 40 thousand square meters was created around the stream. This living space is also an area that will make it easier for people to reconcile and meet with nature. 35 percent of the cost of the project was covered by the European Union grant. I congratulate all my hard-working friends. Karşıyaka"I wish it to be good for ya," he said.
We will protect
Karşıyaka Mayor Cemil Tugay said, “This is a living space that brings nature and people together and contributes to the positive change of the climate in the city. A successful project implementation. It will turn into a much more magnificent area with the development of the green tissue and social activities to be held here. I thank our president and those who contributed to the project. "We will do our best to own it and use it in the best way possible."
What was done?
A green area of 15 square meters was created around the stream, 26 square meters of which consists of carbon-holding plants. Within the scope of the project, 500 trees, 150 bushes and ground covers were planted in the area suitable for the Mediterranean climate. An earth-bearing system was created by removing some of the concrete surfaces on both sides of the 250-meter-long stream. 800 thousand goose foot plants were planted in these sections. The seeds were planted in the soil to make the river sides greener. 16 wooden sun terraces, 5 wooden lounging units and seating units were created by the stream surrounded by a green fence made of various plants. Ten pollinator (insect) houses have also been placed in the area to allow bees and insects that go a long way to collect pollen to rest.
In order to reduce the risk of flooding in the stream, permeable 2-kilometer bicycle and walking paths were built to allow rainwater to enter the underground. In addition, a 500-meter jogging path was created from the natural material of tile semolina. Fountains were placed inside the stream to prevent the water from getting oxygen and prevent it from pollution and to provide a beautiful view. A 8 square meter fruit wall was also created behind the 90 lying units. Blackberries and grape berries were used on the fruit wall.
The EU's highest budget grant program
Within the scope of HORIZON 2020, which is the highest budget grant program of the European Union, the "Nature Based Solutions" project of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality was selected among 2017 international projects in 39 and received a grant of 2,3 million Euros. Thus, İzmir became a pioneering and implementing city along with Liverpool in England and Valladolid in Spain. Project, Karşıyaka It includes the area from the city center to Çamaltı Saltpan. The model that will be put forward in order to reduce carbon emissions in this region, increase biodiversity, reduce the air temperature caused by dense urbanization, increase the amount of green space, reduce the risk of floods and increase the quality of life of the people will be a guide for İzmir.