Turkey's Second National Communication

01 Dec 2010

Turkey has started the preparation of its Second National Communication which will be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

New Horizons - The inception workshop took place on 23 November 2010 in Ankara with opening speeches by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) General Director Prof. Cumali Kınaci, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Resident Representative Ulrika Richardson-Golinski.

The overall objective of the project executed by MoEF, and implemented by UNDP is to assist the Republic of Turkey in the implementation of obligations under the UNFCCC by preparing its Second National Communication (SNC). Turkey expects to submit its SNC to the UNFCCC Secretariat by the end of 2011.The project is funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF).

Project activities include the review and update of Turkey’s national status, greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory information, GHG projections, identifying links in terms of total policies and measures effects, vulnerability assessment, climate change impacts and adaptation measures, research and systematic observation of climate change, financial resources and technology transfer, training and public awareness activities in Turkey, and assessment and analysis of existing policies and measures.

Since 2004, Turkey has undertaken several activities to comply with its commitments under the Convention; one of which was submission of the First National Communication (FNC) to the UNFCCC in 2007. The capacity building process which was accelerated during the preparation of First National Communication along with other efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and UNDP helped to enhance public awareness. The First National Communication was prepared with the cooperation of UNDP and the Republic of Turkey.