European Union inaugurates Ceylanpınar waste transfer station in Şanlıurfa

European Union inaugurates Ceylanpınar waste transfer station in Şanlıurfa

The "Mitigating the Impact of the Syrian Crisis on South-eastern Anatolia Region" project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the UNDP since July 2015, has been supporting the construction of a waste transfer station in Ceylanpınar, Şanlıurfa. AFAD representatives, as well as Mr. Güngör Azim Tuna, Şanlıurfa Governor; Mr. Nihat Çiftçi, Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor; Ms. Simona Gatti, Head of Cooperation / Minister Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey; and Mr Claudio Tomasi, UNDP Country Director, participated in the inauguration ceremony on 2 March 2017 in Ceylanpınar, Şanlıurfa.

Part of the €5.3 million project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the UNDP in partnership with the GAP Regional Administration, this action aims at enhancing waste management at four camps in the Şanlıurfa province, namely Akçakale, Harran, Viranşehir and Ceylanpınar, so as to alleviate the pressure faced by the Şanlıurfa Municipality in waste collection and management.

At the event, Ms Simona Gatti, Minister Counsellor - Head of Cooperation from the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, said, "When one thinks of the burden a massive influx of refugees can represent at local level, the problem of waste management does not come straight to one's mind.

“Yet in Sanliurfa province, the waste generated by over half a million Syrians hosted in this province has put an extreme strain on existing facilities, making waste management, including the transportation of solid waste, by the provincial administrations a huge challenge.

“This project addresses these needs through an innovative source segregation programme which also foresees the recycling of solid waste, with income opportunities offered to some hundreds of Syrians living in camps.

“We are pleased today 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 the 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 new station will facilitate efficient transport of 42,705 tonnes of solid waste per year. It is estimated that €477,197 will be saved annually with this enhancement of capacity. The project also provides 4 compactor trucks, 3 solid waste semi-trailers, one back-hoe loader, and 920 solid waste containers to the Municipality of Şanlıurfa, which has significantly increased the municipality's capacity for efficient transfer of solid waste.

 

Background

The project "Mitigating the Impact of the Syrian Crisis on South-eastern Anatolia Region" is one of the first non-humanitarian response interventions funded by the EU to alleviate the impact of the Syrian refugee influx in Turkey. It has been implemented since July 2015, hence before the establishment of the €3 billion Facility for Refugees in Turkey and its interventions.

 

The project has two components:

(i) the livelihoods component is implemented in Gaziantep to increase the employability of Syrians, where two centres were set up to provide employment support and vocational training.

(ii) the waste management component is strengthening the municipal capacity in the Şanlıurfa province and the solid waste transfer station, separating the solid waste of the Harran, Akçakale, Viranşehir and Ceylanpınar camps, and implementing models that help reduce waste generation in the camps.

 

Under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, further projects are about to be funded to strengthen the municipal infrastructure in provinces most affected by the influx of Syrians, and support community resilience and cohesion among Syrian refugees and host communities.

 

 

For more information, please visit:

The Facility for Refugees in Turkey: https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/news_corner/migration_en

 

Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace projects: https://www.insightonconflict.org/icsp/

 

For more information, please contact: Ms Laura Liguori, laura.liguori@eeas.europa.eu