Seyhan River Basin will adapt to the climate change

16 Feb 2009

A workshop on Application of Systems Approach for Climate Change Adaptation in Seyhan River Basin was organized on 16 February 2009 at Hilton Hotel in Adana, at 14:00.

The workshop was jointly organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and UN Joint Programme titled “Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change” and was attended by representatives from local government institutions, universities, NGOs in Seyhan River Basin.

This was the first workshop using systems approach (systems thinking, systems analysis etc.) for climate change to analyse complex systems such as the climate, eco-systems and human beings and to clarify the interrelations and interactions between these systems.

The aim of the workshop is not only to establish a link between key issues related to climate change adaptation in Seyhan River Basin, but also to define the main themes and priorities for Community-Based Adaptation Grants Programme which will be undertaken as a part of the regional climate change adaptation strategy.

The workshop provided an opportunity to initiate a discussion platform on a basin scale which will focus on the development of a regional climate change adaptation strategy.

The workshop was one of the activities of the UN Joint Programme “Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change”, which aims to develop capacity for managing climate change risks to rural and coastal development in Turkey.

This will be achieved by mainstreaming climate change adaptation into the national development framework, building capacity in national and regional institutions for managing disasters induced by climate change, piloting community-based adaptation projects in the Seyhan River Basin, and integrating climate change adaptation into the UN programming framework in Turkey.

Background information:

  • The Seyhan River Basin is a part of the Mediterranean, which has been identified as an extremely vulnerable region in terms of climate change by preliminary studies carried out under Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  • It’s the second biggest basin after the Nile River in the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • Seyhan River Basin is one of the world’s richest regions in terms of biodiversity and is one of the most productive agricultural regions in Turkey and Europe which has a range of agricultural systems, including dryland farming, irrigated crop farming, and animal husbandry.
For further information

Deniz Şilliler Tapan

Tel: +90 312 454 1056

E-mail: deniz.tapan@undp.org.tr