Izmir, one of the three Front-runner cities of the EU-funded URBAN GreenUP project together with Valladolid (Spain) and Liverpool (UK), has recently completed the installation of several parklets in the local Karşıyaka district. This initiative is part of the renaturing urban plan Izmir is developing within URBAN GreenUP to become more sustainable and resilient to climate change via a number of innovative nature-based solutions.
The installed parklets are on-street units with siting equipment and plant containers. They are primarily designed to increase carbon sequestration and reduce air pollutants. Parklets will also help create cool, shady spots, leading to microclimate regulation and increasing biodiversity through the provision of food for animal species. Finally, they are also expected to encourage people to spend time in green spaces on a busy and dense urban fabric in Karşıyaka.