Turkey warms up to global climate initiative

01 Jan 2006


Turkey is joining the international community in tackling the burning issue of global warming.

New Horizons - The Government of Turkey and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) agreed the way ahead for Turkey to confront the global threat of climate change by signing a new project document in August 2005 in Ankara. The project document outlines future activities including the preparation of Turkey's Initial National Communication, which will report on the steps the country is taking to implement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Some $405,000 from the Global Environmental Facility's (GEF) trust fund for developing countries was allocated for the project.

Turkey ratified the UNFCCC, the treaty aimed at mobilizing the international community against the threat of global warming, in 2004. The convention seeks to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gases at a low level.

The agreed project will analyze the potential impacts of climate change, prepare an inventory of Turkey's greenhouse gas emissions and GHG emission projections until

2020 and assess alternative energy scenarios and measures to reduce emissions, as well as enhance local expertise, prepare the initial national communication report and generate public awareness of the issue.

An inter-ministerial National Climate Change Coordination Council has been formed under the direction of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. UNDP Turkey will act as implementing agency and provide consulting services.

Information about the GEF can be found at www.thegef.org

Panel Held on Impacts of Climate Change on Turkey and Industry
On the other hand, a panel on the Impacts of Climate Change on Turkey and Industry was organized on 22 November 2005, at the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges in Ankara with the participation of the Turkish Minister of Environment and Forestry Osman Pepe, the UNDP Resident Representative Jakob Simonsen and the TOBB President Rifat Hisarciklioglu.

Minister Pepe, in his opening speech, talked about the importance of activities to address climate change issues and stressed the good relations between UNDP and Turkey regarding the issue. Simonsen deliberated on the related activities of the UNDP around the world and in Turkey and expressed his wish to continue to work with the Ministry in order to adverse affects of global warming and climate change. Rifat Hisarciklioglu urged industrialists to work harder to adopt more stringent environmental standards in order to compete in the EU market.