Turkey: Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change
Turkey is highly vulnerable to climate change. As part of the southern belt of Mediterranean Europe, the country is already facing an observed warming trend in temperatures and a decreasing trend in precipitation.
This is having a major negative effect on water availability for food production and rural development, further exacerbating the social and regional disparities in a country characterized by a wide -- and widening -- gap between the eastern and southeastern provinces and the rest of the country.
The Joint Programme activities supported Turkey's objective of developing national capacities to manage climate change risks through mainstreaming climate change issues into:
i) The national development framework;
ii) Local pilot actions; and
iii) The UN country programmatic framework.
The Joint Programme was launched in June 2008 and was closed in February 2012.
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- The draft Climate Change National Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan has been developed and endorsed by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and approved by the Climate Change Coordination Board.
- A Capacity Development Programme was developed, and a significant number of trainings completed in areas such as Climate Data Analysis, Carbon Management and Early Warning and Monitoring Systems. Capacity increased of government officials, civil society and universities to make efficient use of current policies and develop new ones in the context of climate change.
- 18 community-based climate change adaptation projects in the Seyhan River Basin were finalized and lessons learned are being captured. A National Cleaner Production and Eco-Efficiency Centre was established to promote efficient water use, and six companies in the Seyhan River Basin are achieving water savings.
*as of June 2012 programme reporting period