Climate Adaptation Policies in Turkey

Oct 31, 2016
Bilkent University

Istanbul Policy Center organized the third meeting of Turkey’s Climate Policies Roundtable Discussions titled “Climate Adaptation Policies in Turkey” on MondayOctober 31 at Bilkent University in Ankara. The discussion was facilitated by IPC Climate Studies Coordinator Ümit Şahin.

The third gathering of Turkey’s Climate Policies Round Table Discussions, organized by Sabancı University Istanbul Policy Center, took place in Ankara at Bilkent University on October 31, 2016 based on the theme Turkey’s Policies on Adaptation to Climate Change. The meeting hosted numerous actors from different sectors who engage in Turkey’s climate policies. The discussion was focused on the post-December 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) developments in adaptation to climate change, the importance of adaptation policies for different sectors, and the issue of adaptation in action plans and in practice. The meeting, which was closed to the press, hosted 18 guests: representatives from Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, State Hydraulic Works (DSI), General Directorate of Forestry (OGM), and Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), as well as representatives from civil society organizations (TEMA Foundation, WWF Turkey, The Nature Conservation Centre, The Global Balance Association), a representative from the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, experts from international organizations (UNIDO, UNDP), and academia from Hacettepe University, METU, Boğaziçi University, and Sabancı University. Ümit Şahin, Senior Scholar at the Istanbul Policy Center, organized and facilitated the meeting.

During the four hours of discussion, the participants shared their thoughts and questions concerning the issues of implementation of adaptation policies, awareness raising within state institutions and other sectors, the relationship between mitigation and adaptation policies, operational challenges to the projects managed by various actors, significance of ecosystem-based embedded policies, developments in adaptation following the Paris Climate Conference and the dialogue between the public, and private sectors as well as civil society and academia concerning Turkey’s position in this, along with room for cooperation and negotiation. The round table discussions will continue to take place in more specific areas of policies.

The Istanbul Policy Center report on Mapping Turkish Actors in Climate Change Policies was published in late 2014 by Ümit Şahin, following the research conducted on improving the mechanisms for opportunities of negotiation and democratic decision-making on Turkey’s climate policies, which paved the way for the Round Table Discussions.

Please click here for the report (in Turkish).