Final stage in Turkey’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

01 Apr 2011

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Works for “Turkey’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy” that is aimed to be prepared within the context of the United Nations Joint Programme on “Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change” implemented in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry are going at full speed.

New Horizons - The series of participatory workshops that commenced in May 2010 and that aimed to establish the content of the Strategy have gained speed with the “Turkey’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan” workshop organized on 24-25 March 2011 in Ankara.

The content of the strategy that was formulated by institutions which participated previous meetings in five main headings namely “Agriculture and Food Security”, “Water Resources Management”, “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”, “Natural Disaster Risk Management” and “Public Health” was addressed in more detail in this workshop.

Each institution participated in discussions in their own field of work as well as the discussions on cross-cutting issues, thus bringing a different perspective and dimension to these identified headings.

Approximately 70 experts from 35 institutions working in various fields such as the affiliated institutions of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs as well as the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Transport, Public Works and Settlement, Health, and National Education, Undersecretariat for Maritime Affairs, Turkstat, Turkish Standards Institution, Turkish Grain Board, Turkish Red Crescent Society, Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation, and the Protection of Natural Habitats (TEMA), and Prime Ministry Housing Development Administration of Turkey attended the workshop.

Ready in spring

Turkey’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is expected to be finalized in April 2011 once the Ministry of Environment and Forestry receives the final official comments from institutions.

The Strategy is also expected to contribute to Turkey’s Tenth Development Plan.

The UN Joint Programme on Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change aims to integrate climate change adaptation into national, regional and local policies within the framework of future development targets of Turkey in terms of sustainability.

The goal of the Joint Programme is to enhance capacity in order to manage climate change risks that threaten Turkey’s rural and coastal area development.