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IJESD 2018 Vol.9(9): 258-265 ISSN: 2010-0264
doi: 10.18178/ijesd.2018.9.9.1110

Planning Climate Change Adaptation Activities for Turkey

Aysegul Tanik and Deniz Tekten

Abstract—Turkey, representing a developing country, is on the way to plan its adaptation activities within the context of climate change effects. This study initially proposes the main sectors under which associated adaptation practices and related action plans be listed according to the country‚Äôs needs. Turkey bears 25 river basins out of which 17 are coastal watersheds. Another important characteristic of the country is that it stands variable and different climatic conditions as it is located at a transient region between Europe and Asia continents. As such, sectoral-based adaptation action plans against climate change will differ in the basins of the country according to sectoral vulnerability analyses. Upon detailed investigation of sectoral-based adaptation action plans of 7 countries (Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Denmark from Europe, USA from America and Kenya from the Africa continent), 12 main sectors are selected for Turkey and urgent climate change adaptation actions are stated under each sector. The selection criteria involved geographical location and features of Turkey, prevailing environmental problems, climatic conditions, land-use activities, urbanization level, technical and economic development level together with socio-economic structure and financial development of the country.

Index Terms—Adaptation practices, climate change, EU strategies, sectoral based action plans, Turkey.

A. Tanik is with the Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering, Ayazaga Campus, 34469, Maslak-Istanbul, Turkey (e-mail: tanika@itu.edu.tr).
D. Tekten was with ITU during 2014-2016. She is now with Greif FPS Turkey Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey (e-mail: deniz_tekten@hotmail.com).


Cite: Aysegul Tanik and Deniz Tekten, "Planning Climate Change Adaptation Activities for Turkey," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 9, no. 9, pp. 258-265, 2018.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-0264 (Print)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Environ. Sci. Dev.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJESD
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Richard Haynes
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Indexing: Scopus (since 2019), DOAJCrossref, ProQuest, EBSCO, etc. 
  • E-mail: ijesd@ejournal.net