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 opened the ecological corridor project in Peynircioğlu Stream, which will be a new attraction center for the people of İzmir. Speaking at the ceremony, Soyer said that they want to implement this exemplary breeding model, which brings nature-based solutions, especially in the streams flowing into the Gulf.
İzmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer inaugurated the Peynircioğlu Stream Ecological Corridor in Mavişehir, which was completed by considering nature-based solutions. 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 do sports in the fresh air.
Soyer: "We must be intertwined with nature"
Speaking at the opening ceremony, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said that they are happy to realize the project within the scope of HORIZON 2020 "Nature Based Solutions", the highest grant program of the European Union. Mayor Soyer said, “We are implementing one of the projects that Izmir is proud of. As we started to live in cities and moved away from nature, we became unhappy. The more we murder nature, the more we don't care about it, the more we think we have power over it, the less we become poorer. In fact, we are nature itself, we are a part of it. "The more we can be with nature, the more we open the way to happiness and peace."
We will expand this model
Stating that the Peynircioğlu Ecological Corridor Project is not just about planting trees and bushes, Soyer said: “Our project has been a detailed study in which sustainability is ensured in order for nature to live in the strongest way. Tree species planted, such as clearing the river banks of concrete and turning them green. This is the first example, model. Here you can see nature is secured. We want to popularize this model especially in all streams meeting the Gulf and to implement sustainable natural solutions. I would like to thank all my colleagues who worked hard for the realization of this project. I wish this rehabilitation project to be beneficial and auspicious to all of our fellow citizens. "
Brigade: "I'm proud of this project"
Karşıyaka In his speech, Mayor Cemil Tugay mentioned the climate change brought about by urbanization and said, “This project is one of the most special projects of this city. An exemplary project that directly affects our lives and shows how to combat climate change. I am proud of this work. I would like to thank President Soyer and his teammates for implementing this project. We will do our best to protect this place, ”he said. Following his speeches, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, Karşıyaka Mayor Cemil Tugay toured Peynircioğlu Stream and its surroundings with the attendees of the ceremony. Citizens, having a good time with their children by the stream, thanked President Soyer for the arrangement.
The ceremony was attended by Gaziemir Mayor Halil Arda, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Mustafa Özuslu, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Dr. Buğra Gökçe, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality bureaucrats, council members and citizens living in the region attended.
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.