Climate Risk Management Conference

01 Oct 2012

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“Climate Risk Management Conference”, in which disaster risk reduction and benefits of climate risk management approach for Turkey were discussed, was held on 25 September by UNDP and Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. 

New Horizons - “Climate Risk Management Conference” was organized within the scope of the Enabling Activities for the Preparation of Turkey’s Second National Communication to the UNFCCC Project in order to discuss the holistic approach of climate change adaptation.

A total of 80 participants from public institutions, non-governmental organizations and universities attended to the conference.

200 floods resulted in economic loss of 100 million per year 

Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Matilda Dimovska also delivered a speech in the conference.

She stated that economic losses caused by floods induced by climate change is nearly the same as that of earthquakes, and about 200 floods occurring each result in economic loss of 100 million USD per year.

Dimovska, expressed the necessity of holistic approach of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) Head Dr. Fuat Oktay emphasized that they are open to collaborations to work on disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction.

Deputy Undersecretary of Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Sedat Kadıoğlu, stated that climate risk management is an interdisciplinary issue within the context of climate change adaptation and risk management and they are ready to collaboration with institutions.

UNDP Regional Office, Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit Coordinator Michael Thurman shared UNDP’s experiences on climate risk management and provided examples from relevant projects conducted in different countries.

Prof. Mikdat Kadıoğlu, Head of İTÜ Disaster Risk Management Center, gave information on the climate change adaptation and disaster risk management issues in Turkey and he emphasized the need for assessment of natural disasters together with climate change impacts in a holistic manner.

He also expressed the need for political actions to be taken in this area. Kadıoğlu is also the national disaster expert of the Preparation of Turkey’s Second National Communication on Climate Change Project.

Panel discussion

After the opening speeches and presentations, a panel discussion on “Climate Risk Management Approach for Turkey” was held with participation of representatives from UNDP BRC, UNDP BCPR NY, İTÜ Center of Excellence for Disaster Management, AFAD, Ministry of Environment and Urbanization-Department of Climate Change, İstanbul Governorate- Project Coordination Unit and Global Balance Association.

Panelists discussed the topic with different aspects and provided comments on the future works that can be done using this holistic approach.

Conference and the panel brought up the issue that disaster risk management in Turkey should be reviewed and updated as necessary to allow integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in a holistic approach, so called climate risk management, into all policy, plans and programs in this area.

Enabling Activities for the Preparation of Turkey’s Second National Communication to the UNFCCC Project is implemented by the UNDP, executed by The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF). The aim of the project is preparation of the Second National Communication of Turkey and capacity building within government and society.