Climate change certificates awarded

01 Nov 2010

With the completion of the “Climate Change, Adaptation Policies and Turkey” certified training programme in Ankara on 15 October 2010, Turkey gained 33 more climate change expert candidates.

New Horizons - In the scope of the training programme organized jointly by the Middle East Technical University Earth System Sciences Institute and the United Nations Joint Programme on Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change, between 20 September and 15 October 2010, participants received training on climate change and adaptation. Those who successfully completed the trainings were given certificates by the United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative Shahid Najam who said that the training programme will increase and enrich participants’ knowledge which will surely reflect on their professional lives.

The four-week training programme consisted of classes on climate change, effects of climate change, adaptation to these effects, adaptation strategies, adaptation policies and planning, understanding the social and economic dimensions of adaptation, the status of climate change in Turkey, climate change policies and sustainable development policy interaction which were given by a team of 44 professionals and academics. The 105-hour programme aimed to create capacities in the field of climate change, generate scientific research, enhance project management, develop decision-making mechanisms and form human resources of implementing institutions.

At the training programme attended by 33 people from various public organizations and institutions, universities and civil society institutions, classes took place in classrooms for the first three weeks. During the fourth week, participants created projects related with their area of interest or professional fields. Upon successful completion of the programme, participants were awarded certificates at a ceremony.

Speaking at the certificate ceremony, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Shahid Najam explained that cooperation with the Middle East Technical University Earth System Sciences Institute will contribute to increased capacities for climate change adaptation. He further drew attention to the importance for decision-makers to include academic experts in strategic planning processes which would otherwise not be inclusive.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who carry out various activities in the scope of Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change UN Joint Programme provided scholarships to some of the participants.

Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change UN Joint programme was launched under the leadership of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and UNDP in 2008 to facilitate Turkey’s adaptation to the effects of climate change, combat these effects, mitigate uncertainties and vulnerabilities and establish necessary strategies. Funded by the Government of Spain’s Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund, the Joint Programme comprises of objectives and activities in the Seyhan River Basin to support climate change adaptation efforts at the local level. Other UN Agencies in the programme are UNIDO, FAO and UNEP.