Turkey’s concrete steps on adaptation to climate change

01 Dec 2011

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Joint Programme on Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change, which has started in 2008 under the coordination of Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and implemented by United Nations has completed.

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- The Joint Programme, aimed to enhance capacity in order to manage climate change risks that threaten Turkey’s urban, rural and coastal area development.
 
In order to share the experiences and achievements of the Joint Programme, Closing Conference has organized in Ankara Chamber of Commerce Congress Hall on 23-24 November 2011 with the participation of the Environment and Urbanization Minister Mr. Erdoğan Bayraktar and UN Resident Representative Mr. Shahid Najam.

In the first day of the Closing Conference,  Turkey’s Draft National Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan which has prepared in the context of Joint Programme has launched together by Kadir Demirbolat, Division Manager of Climate Change Adaptation in Ministry of Environment and Urbanization General Directorate of Environmental Management, and Atila Uras, UN Joint Programme Manager.
 
Draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan focuses on five vulnerability areas which are identified as “water resources management; agricultural sector and food security; ecosystem services, biodiversity and forestry; natural disaster risk management and public health”.
 
Draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan also indicates the measures regarding to policy, scientific research, implementation and capacity building that Turkey should take.

After the launch of the draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan, a panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Turkey – Sectoral Perspectives has organized within the coordination of Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and with the high level participation from Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs; Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology; Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency.

On the second day of the Closing Conference of Joint Programme, thematic parallel sessions have arranged with the participation of the experts from various institutions.

The themes of the thematic sessions were “Food Security”, “Adaptation to Climate Change, Water Management and Disaster Risk Management”, “Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Forestry”, “Capacity Development, Education and Science on Adaptation to Climate Change”, “Climate Change Adaptation and Eco-efficiency”, “Adaptation in Climate Change Negotiations” and “Adaptation to Climate Change and Turkey, Lessons Learned – Next Steps”.