Turkey progresses towards the post-Kyoto

05 Feb 2009

While climate change is gaining importance in the environmental and development agendas of all countries; Ministry of Environment and Forestry, State Planning Organization, Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TÜSİAD) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new project entitled “Capacity Building for Climate Change Management in Turkey”.


The kick-off meeting of the “Capacity Building for Climate Change Management in Turkey” project was organized on 23 January 2009, in Istanbul and was attended by representatives from Ministries, State Planning Organization, universities, NGOs and the private sector.


The overall objective of the project is to develop the capacity of Turkey to participate efficiently in the international climate change negotiations and to join the flexible mechanisms of Kyoto through better experiencing the Voluntary Carbon Markets. The expected outcomes of the project described as:

  • Developing clear understanding of the desired status of Turkey under the UNFCCC/Kyoto Protocol
  • Enhancing capability of the Turkish national authorities to participate in the international climate change policy dialogue
  • Developing proposals for national rules and procedures for approval of Carbon Market projects and submitting to MoEF, SPO, MoF and relevant stakeholders for consideration
  • Improving capacities of the relevant stakeholders to develop and implement Carbon Market projects according to defined rules and transparent and efficient procedures, improved
  • Establishing clearing house for voluntary carbon projects
  • Estimating potential for implementing Voluntary Carbon Projects in Turkey and developing energy and forestry and solid waste baselines and three PINs for concrete projects for review by MoEF

The project aims to develop proposals for alternatives for changing the status of the country under the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol, and proposals for Carbon Market structures. As a result of the project, the capacity of the country will be strengthened to maximize its participation within international climate negotiations and carbon markets.


The project has a great importance not only in formulating country’s position in COP15 (15. Contracting Parties) meeting in Copenhagen and in post Kyoto negotiations but also enabling Turkey to become one of the leader countries in terms of practicing the flexible mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol through Voluntary Carbon Markets prior to the post-Kyoto period.