Sürdürülebilir Ulaşım Derneği – Sustainable Transportation Association (WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities) –founded in 2012—is a non-governmental civil society organization that focuses on practical applications of sustainable urban transport and development, based on global research and on-the-ground experience. Cities designed with these principles in mind can provide safer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives for all their residents. In turn, these cities can reap the social, economic, and environmental benefits of sustainable urban development, transport and public spaces.
WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities is a member of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities network, which is a signature initiative of World Resources Institute (WRI) that works to make urban sustainability a reality. Global research and on-the-ground experience in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey and the United States combine to spur action that improves life for millions of people. WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities helps to build more holistic infrastructure for cities by emphasizing sustainable and equitable integrated transport, land-use planning, and urban design. This approach allows WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities to influence on-the-ground planning, related policies, financing, and implementation. The WRI’s innovative research and practice bridges processes and policies through transit-led development to achieve sustainable communities that are liveable, compact and safe for all.
WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities’ objectives are to become a “reference” civil society organization and a valuable source on sustainable urban transport for the national government, local authorities and other stakeholders in Turkey. Capacity building efforts to improve the quality of life in Turkish cities, with a focus on road safety and accessibility, aim to maximize overall impact of projects in selected cities and influence national policies. WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities will focus on road safety and accessible non-motorized with integration to other public transit modes to maximize their impact in Turkish cities. WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities strives to achieve the following:
Reduced fuel use, air pollution & greenhouse gas emissions
Improved public health
Improved energy efficiency & quality & cost effectiveness of urban transport
Improved accessibility, traffic safety & public security
Improved quality of public spaces & access to city benefits for all income classes
Increased competitiveness of the city
Reduced cost of doing business & the cost of getting to work
Increased opportunity for sustainable mobility businesses
WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities will be involved in all aspects of the EMPOWER project, particularly using its extensive network to disseminate the project’s activities and outputs and thereby maximising impact.