- This article was originally written by Oğuz Yusuf Yiğit, Secretary General of IMDER.
As a representative of 95% of the construction machinery sector, which has provided added value to the Turkish economy for many years, we have become one of the special civil society organizations in Turkey.
We have been raising the number of our manufacturing members since the day we were founded as well as supporting our members to increase the production and export capacity and competitiveness of the sector.
We also contribute to legislative efforts related to the construction machinery sector with the relevant public institutions and ministries by undertaking the task of being the platform for solutions to the needs of the sector.
With our strong sectoral relationships in 35 countries on 4 continents, we have been representing the Turkish construction machinery sector successfully and proudly on all national and international platforms.
Rapid growth in population and correspondingly increasing needs has made the sustainable urban transformation a vital need. Being a constantly growing, dynamic country, the urbanization process still continues in Turkey. As a result of giving priority to meeting the needs of increasing population without giving due consideration to preserving the green areas enough, the climate change and the pollution has become the problems that Turkey have to deal with, like the rest of the World.
However, the main issue which is much more important for our country compared to other countries, is the problem of creating a disaster-resilient infrastructure. Our country, which is located in the seismic zone and has not been able to heal the wounds of the 17 August 1999 earthquake yet, was once again hit by an earthquake of 6.9 magnitude last month. Unfortunately, with this earthquake, it has been painfully experienced that our country has not been able to give enough weight to create disaster resilient residentials, especially earthquakes, with high quality of life and has not reached the desired level in the last 21 years.
Apart from all these, although legal regulations, such as recycling of C&D wastes that came into force in 2004, are in force, no recycling data can be provided at the desired value in Turkey.
Within the scope of the 5-year action plan prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation in 2019, the transformation of 6.7 million residences, 1.5 million of which are priority, is planned. For this reason, in the near future, demolition and urban transformation will remain one of the most important topics of our country.