The Secretariat of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) - Barcelona Convention launched the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award to be conferred to Mediterranean coastal cities. This 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 also aims to encourage local authorities to move towards a more environment friendly future and enable them to act as a role-model to inspire other towns and cities. The three following Mediterranean coastal cities have been short listed: Crikvenica, Croatia; Izmir, Turkey; and Tel Aviv - Yafo, Israel.
As per the nomination and selection process, the short listed cities are now subject to an electronic public voting that will provide a final ranking. Based on this ranking, the Jury will select the winning city. Finally, the Award will be conferred during the 20th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention (COP 20, Tirana, Albania, 17-20 December 2017).
The public voting has just been launched for a period of two weeks until the 21st of November 2017. Please use the following link to access the relevant platform dedicated to the public consultation:
This public voting can be considered as an incentive to raise the awareness of the general public regarding the quality of the environment and the importance of urban issues for sustainable development. In order to ensure the largest number of votes, you are kindly invited to disseminate the information about the public voting mentioned above, encouraging a large public participation.