Last stop of Climate Arena: İzmir

01 Mar 2011

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The last of a series of “Climate Arena” discussion panels organized in cooperation with the UN Joint Programme on Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change, British Council and EU Information Centers has been organised in Izmir.

New Horizons - The event placed climate change that is portrayed as the leading threat of the century, once again into the agenda of Izmir.

The Climate Arena carries importance in the sense that it is an interactive platform where issues such as what climate change is, how it affects Turkey, and things that can be realized in order to adapt are discussed by experts that come together from across Turkey.

So far the Climate Arenas have been organized in 10 provinces in Ankara, Istanbul, Van, Trabzon, Konya, Gaziantep, Mersin, Şanlıurfa, Adana and Denizli.

800 people composed of different backgrounds such as academics, students, public institutions, village headmen, non-governmental organizations, representatives from chambers of industry and trade, representatives of the business world and media representatives have been reached through the Climate Arena.

In the Climate Arena that placed climate change into the agenda of the provinces where it was organized, issues such as the observed impacts of climate change in that specific province and on agricultural production, water resources, public health, animal husbandry, fisheries and ecosystems were discussed.

During these events, also, the need of integrating climate change into provincial action plans, increasing floods in the Black Sea, extreme weather events, the links between climate change and hydroelectric power plants, energy savings and energy efficiency, the role and responsibility of the media in raising public awareness and providing correct information on climate change and individual efforts in combating climate change were discussed.

The Climate Arena that has been organised in Izmir on 3 March 2011 for the last time contributed the UN Joint Programme in building capacity and raising awareness on climate change.

Background of the activity

The UN Joint Programme on “Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change” is being supported by the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund that has been transferred to the UN system by the Government of Spain.

The main beneficiary of the programme that is made up of four partners namely UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

The UN Joint Programme aims to develop national strategies to combat and manage the impacts of climate change and develop capacity for managing climate change risks to rural and coastal development of Turkey.