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Final Report and Downloads

GFI Activity Report (1.5Mb) pdf (NEW!)

GFI project posters (1.7Mb) - zip file with 32 posters in English / Turkish

GFI recycling programme poster (3.7Mb) 

GFI stand slideshow (20Mb) 


The Green Forum Initiative

Aiming to reduce the 5th World Water Forum’s environmental footprint

About the Green Forum Initiative 


The Green Forum Initiative has been established by the 5th World Water Forum Secretariat to examine and address the environmental impacts of the preparatory process of the Forum as well as the Forum and its diverse components. The establishment of the Green Forum Initiative marks the first time that such a focused effort has been made within the organization of the World Water Forum to address the environmental impacts of holding such a large event.

This page will be updated as lessons are learned over the preparatory process, as new information is generated, and as additional strategies are developed and concluded.


For details on our activities and to consult our latest documents, follow the issue-specific links at right.


GFI background

Greening Mandate

Policy: As a first step, the Green Forum Initiative has drafted an environmental policy and action list which was signed by the organizing partners in June 2008. This policy and action list guide the Forum’s greening activities.

: Key priorities for greening the 5th World Water Forum include minimizing solid waste generation and appropriate treatment of unavoidable waste, efficient use of water resources, minimizing use of energy, and elimination the use of hazardous chemical.

: A Green Team has been established in the secretariat to explore and follow-up on Forum greening activities. The professional congress organizer participates actively in Green Team meetings.


  • Minimize the environmental impact on Istanbul;
  • Demonstrate the state of the art for environmental management in Turkey;
  • Leave a lasting impression on the partners, sponsors, service providers and participants
  • Set a benchmark for future World Water Fora


GFI News

Green cleaning products to be used at World Water Expo

March 10, 2009

The World Water Expo will be using green cleaning products, which are made in Turkey, to maintain the cleanliness of the giant tent.

First CO2mpensation Honours Given

March 2, 2009

The Green Forum Initiative is pleased to add Ms. Katherine Trajan of the Netherlands as the first person to the CO2mpensation Honour Roll. More information

Plastic cake wrappers get a second life after the Forum

March 2, 2009

The GFI and çöp(m)adam, a Turkish NGO which provides work and income for women will collaborate at the Forum to collect plastic cake wrappers and turn them into new products. More information

GFI to collaborate with WWF-Turkey

February 6, 2009

The GFI and WWF-Turkey will collaborate at the Forum on CO2 emission awareness-raising, measurement and compensation at GFI stands. More information

GFI publishes Green Guide for Forum Participants

January 29, 2009

Each participant coming to Istanbul for the Forum has a role to play to make this World Water Forum as green as possible. This guide gives tips and ideas to consider - find out what you can do... Get the Guide ->

Istanbul Municipality to collect and redistribute Forum carpeting, banners

January 28, 2009

The GFI will work with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to collect and redistribute carpeting and PVC banners from the Forum venues and Expo tent through IMM's social assistance networks. More information ->

GFI Creates the CO2 Offset Honour Roll

January 20, 2009

The GFI will honour all participants traveling to Istanbul who voluntarily offset their transport emissions, and thereby reduce the environmental footprint of their participation in Istanbul. More information ->

Hotel Greening Workshop a Success

January 15, 2009

The Grand Öztanik Hotel hosted approximately 25 hotels for the Hotel Greening Workshop where participants learned about the audit checklist developed by Bureau Veritas. The workshop follows 3 earlier introductory meetings in Sultanahmet, Laleli, and Taksim. More information ->

ISTAÇ to Design Recycling Programme

December 30, 2008

ISTAÇ, a company of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is taking the lead to design the recycling programme for the 5th World Water Forum. More details to come.


Hotel Environmental Performance Survey

December 1, 2008

A survey of 120 hotels has been undertaken to find out just how green Istanbul's hotels are. Find out more - consult the summary and evaluation report.


No Fireworks at the Forum

November 27, 2008
The GFI is pleased to announce that due, in part, to the negative environmental impact of fireworks, no fireworks displays will be made at the 5th World Water Forum.


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