Başakşehir is one of 39 second-level districts of Istanbul, founded in 2008. The population amounted to 342,422 in 2014 and is estimated to increase to 800,000 by 2020. Başakşehir Municipality is the local government of the Başakşehir District, established after the local government elections in 2009. Basaksehir Municipality has 19 departments to handle city issues, including sanity services, social aids, municipal police services, IT infrastructure, education, cultural activities, urbanisation, etc.
The Başakşehir Municipality has a great budget reserved for IT investments, which amounts to about €4,000,000 per year. Between 2009 and 2015, many IT projects managed by the municipality have been completed. The main tasks for the Başakşehir Municipality are to (i) provide the highest quality of public services to the citizens; (ii) improve the life quality of citizens through implementing the most effective and efficient technologies and projects; (iii) enable citizens to participate in the testing and development of new value added products and services that are for the benefit of the public at large.
Since the start of the UNaLab project, the city of Başakşehir has aimed to develop the most feasible nature-based solutions that will have a positive impact on all the stakeholders and especially all the citizens of Başakşehir. The Municipality has developed three ambitions, which later were fine tuned to three focus areas for the Municipality’s vision.