cities with healthy DNA

Source of Action
World Urban Forum
2022 - 2022
Last Updated
27 March 2023


The health and well-being of city dwellers are the backbone of this mobile app-based project. Because people with their individual actions create a collective consciousness that is reflected in the social dynamics as a city strategy. In this project hand in hand with the sustainable development goals proposed by the UN in its 2030 agenda, the EU green pact on the way to a green transition,are the basis for starting the change in the city of Adana in Turkey. ADANA, located in Turkey, is the capital of the province of Adana, with its 2,237,940 inhabitants is the 5th most populated city in Turkey, with a population density of 786.76 inhabitants/km2. These characteristics make it one of the most dynamic cities in Turkey and its location 30 km from the coast makes it a very productive tourist area. The diversity of its population, its tourist sites and its variety of industries and economy have made it necessary to implement strategies to gradually turn it into a sustainable city by diversifying urban and inter-urban transport, which is increasingly becoming the first choice of its inhabitants for getting around (metro/rail/light rail/bus - special buses for people with disabilities). In this context, the incorporation of SNAILSTEP in the city of Adana, as part of the regional strategy to promote the daily physical activity of the inhabitants and contribute to health and well-being, as well as the economic revival of local businesses, is the first step towards achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Europe's green pact. SNAILSTEP, within the city of Adana, would be part of the mobility plan, promoting the health and well-being of people who walk, while collaborating in the field of pedestrian accessibility and supporting local commerce hand in hand with all those who walk.

Outcomes and Impacts

Increased and equal access to basic services, sustainable mobility and public space (most indicators at outcome level measure institutional outcome), Effective adaptation of communities and infrastructure to climate change, Enhanced social integration and inclusive communities, walkability


Europe and Central Asia

Level of Activity


Lead Entity


Key Dates

Start year: 7/1/2022

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development