Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award 2017

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.

The 19th Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols adopted decision IG 22/19: "to establish the Environment Friendly City Award to be conferred to Mediterranean Coastal cities, and name it the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award".

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 e co system s . Our Mediterranean sea is our common cultural and natural heritage, a defining element of our identity.

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 aims to encourage them to move towards a more environment friendly future and enable them to act as a role-model to inspire other towns and cities. The Award is also a tool to raise the awareness of the general public regarding the quality of environment and the importance of urban issues for sustainable development.

The first edition of the Award will be a pilot one. Both small towns and metropolitan cities are eligible to apply and it is highly recommended to develop partnerships with NGOs, scientific community, private sector or other stakeholders for the submission.