Local authorities from Mediterranean coastal cities are invited to submit their candidacies for the second edition of the “Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award”. The call for applications is open until 7 June 2019
Background and context
At their 19th Ordinary Meeting (COP 19) held in Athens, Greece, in February 2016, the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention adopted Decision IG.22/19 “Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award”. The first, pilot edition of the Award was granted on the occasion of the COP 20 Ministerial Session in Tirana, Albania, in December 2017 and the second edition is included in the UNEP/MAP Programme of Work and Budget for 2018-2019 (Decision IG.23/14).
The Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award responds to one of the Flagship Initiative recommended by the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD) under its Objective 3 “Planning and managing sustainable Mediterranean 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”. A Mediterranean environment friendly coastal 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.
The objectives of the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award are to:
Applications should be submitted by local authorities of Mediterranean coastal towns or cities of a Contracting Party to the Barcelona Convention
The evaluation will be undertaken through criteria defined under four main categories:
In addition to the proposed criteria, the historical perspective of the applicant city will also be considered. The improvement towards sustainability already implemented, as well as the city’s efforts and perspectives for the future are a benchmark criterion.
The selection will be carried out in three phases:
First phase: Initial screening
With the end of the submission deadline, an initial screening will be conducted by the MAP – Barcelona Convention Secretariat to ensure that the candidate cities fulfill the eligibility criteria and that the submission forms are correctly filled. The Secretariat will then forward the files of the applicant cities to the Technical Committee.
Second phase: Short-listing
The Technical Committee will nominate up to three candidate cities for the Award. The committee will prepare an evaluation report and submit these nominations electronically to the Bureau of the Barcelona Convention for consideration and selection.
Third phase: Selection
The Jury will select the winning city through online consultation.
The Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award is expected to 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.
Funded by the Government of Turkey, the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award is managed by the MAP – Barcelona Convention Secretariat.