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Transformative Action Award Winner, 2017 - Nilüfer, Turkey


The Transformative Action Award rewards current or concluded Transformative Actions that address the pathways of the Basque Declaration related to three categories:

  • Socio-cultural transformation
  • Socio-economic transformation
  • Technological transformation

Meet Our Winner:

Nilüfer, Turkey

Nilüfer's Transformative Action aims to increase civic engagement and participatory local democracy through Neighbourhood Committees, the Nilüfer Energy Cooperative and the Nilüfer Innovation Center.

Want to learn more about Nilüfer's Transformative Action? Click here.

Words of Congratulations...

"I congratulate Nilüfer on their extraordinary achievements in promoting citizen engagement and participatory local democracy in their transformation towards a sustainable, livable and inclusive city."

Cor Lamers, ENVE Commission Chair and Mayor of Schiedam (Netherlands)

Rewards For The Winner


  • A promotional video
  • Showcase on the Sustainable Cities Platform 
  • Promotion through ICLEI website, ICLEI in Europe e-newsletter and social media channels
  • Publicity in publications related to sustainable development
  • A trophy and the right to be called ‘Transformative Action of the year 2017’
  • Digital ‘Transformative Action of the year 2017’ icon for use on websites, Social Media accounts and in email signatures
  • Free entry and a presentation at the  9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns



A Special Mention Goes to...

Udaltalde 21, Basque Country

Udaltalde 21's Transformative Action involves bringing together small and medium sized municipalities in the Basque Country to fight for sustainable development through using a supramunicipal structure.

Want to learn more about Udaltalde 21's Transformative Action? Click here.

Meet Our Runners-up:



Mannheim, Germany

Mannheim's Transformative Action aims to make energy and climate measures more visible through strengthening climate protection awareness at a local level, creating a sustainable economy and developing sustainable districts.

Want to learn more about Mannheim's Transformative Action? Click here.


Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza's Transformative Action aims to turn citizens into city makers through their 100ideasZGZ programme. The programme encourages citizens to suggest policy ideas. The best ideas are then identified, evolved through crowd-wisdom, and then transformed into real pilots.

Want to learn more about Zaragoza's Transformative Action? Click here.





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