Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality together with the EU and UNDP Turkey inaugurated Ceylanpınar Waste Transfer Station, built for improving the capacity of municipal services affected by the Syrian Crisis

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Şanlıurfa-2 March 2017- The Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Head of Cooperation-Minister Counsellor, Ms Simona Gatti, and United Nations Development Program Country Director, Mr Claudio Tomasi, Ceylanpınar District Governor Ahmet Karatepe, Ceylanpınar Deputy Mayor Adnan Daşkıran, today inaugurated the waste transfer station in Ceylanpınar (Şanlıurfa province), constructed in the framework of the “Mitigating the Impact of Syrian Crisis in Southeast Anatolia” Project funded by the European Union.

The waste transfer station is the first of such scale infrastructural assistance in the region, for supporting local authorities’ efforts in service delivery to both Syrians and host communities. The station facilitates the efficient transport of 42,705 tonnes of solid waste per year. Annual savings with this enhanced capacity is estimated as 477,197 Euros. 3 semi-trailers were also provided to the facility within the scope of the project.

This facility helps mitigating excessive pressure over waste management capacity of Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality due to increased Syrian population in the province. The situation has been creating challenges in terms of public health to all impacted communities as well as local service delivery systems. Hence, in support of meeting the augmented needs of local authorities due to population increase, UNDP and the EU cooperates in Turkey to help increase the resilience of local administrations affected by Syria crisis.

“We are pleased to launch one of the most remarkable achievements of our project, with our special gratitude for this productive cooperation with our government counterparts and donors.

The European Union has generously provided 5,3 million Euro to this project aiming at supporting local authorities’ efforts for more effective delivery of municipal services. It represents a reflection of closer links between international actors, national and local authorities to cope with the negative impacts of Syria crisis to build resilience and prevent further fraying of the social fabric. With this project, we focused on piloting innovative and sustainable waste management models with the purpose of better managing challenges caused by the migration influx and meanwhile, improving public health conditions both for Syrians and host communities.

I would like to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for the positive and constructive role of the EU and counterparts, in convening a comprehensive support for developing such scale coping mechanisms.

Our message is clear: Resilience building is a key to promote social cohesion and to help strengthen the capacities of local institutions. I’d like to underline that we support projects that can help improving municipal infrastructure and services for both Syrian populations and the host communities” said, Claudio Tomasi, UNDP Turkey Country Director.

On the occasion of the event, Ms Simona Gatti, Minister Counsellor - Head of Cooperation from the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, said "Today, we are pleased to inaugurate one of the milestones under the EU-funded project "Mitigating the Impact of the Syrian Crisis on South-eastern Anatolia Region". This is just one of the many examples of a close and fruitful cooperation between the European Union and the Turkish Government in alleviating the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on local authorities and host communities."

The project is funded by European Union and implemented by UNDP in cooperation with Southeastern Anatolia Project Regional Development Administration (GAP BKİ), the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and with local partners such as Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality and Gaziantep Chamber of Industry. The Project, consisting of two inter-connected components, started in July 2015 and will be completed by July 2017. It is funded by the European Union with a budget of 5,3 million Euros.

The aim of the Project is to decrease the pressure on local capacities of Şanlıurfa and Gaziantep, which are mostly impacted by the population increase in the context of Syria crisis and to support local population and Syrians under temporary protection, through interventions aiming at increasing the employability, improving livelihood opportunities and strengthening municipal services with a particular focus on solid waste management.

 

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