Deadline Extended for the call for applocations for the the 2nd Edition of the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award – Jun 07, 2019

An Award for Mediterranean Environment Friendly Cities

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”.

The 19th Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols (COP 19) (Athens, Greece, February 2016) 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”.

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.

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 an incentive to raise the awareness of the general public regarding the quality of environment and the importance of urban issues for sustainable development. 

Both small towns and metropolitan cities are eligible to apply. It is highly recommended to develop partnerships with NGOs, scientific community, private sector or other stakeholders for the submission.

It is expected that the Award will be conferred on the occasion of the 21st Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (COP 21) to be held in Naples, Italy, 2-5 December 2019.

The call for application is open from 6 May to 12 July 2019.

The completed application form should be submitted to copied to by 12 July2019.

Additional resources:

•    Framework of Assessment Indicators at City Level
•    Indicators Calculation Guidelines
•    Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award (IEFCA) - 2017 pilot edition (factsheet)
•    COP 19 Decision - Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award

For more information, please visit the following webpage.