Lessons for a Resilient Future Roadblocks to Climate Change Adaptation in Turkish Cities

Climate changeis one of the most seriousthreatsthat human settlements face today. Unless the necessary measures are taken, devastating impacts of climate change are very likely to be felt in cities in many parts of the world, although with varying degrees. Therefore, along with mitigation efforts that aim to curb global warming, actions must be taken to enhance the adaptive capacity and resilience of cities in the face of climate change. However, this is not an easy task and hindered by many challenges and barriers. In many countries, formulation and implementation of policies for climate change adaptation are still in their infancy. Turkey is one of these countries, where we see very little progress in turning cities into more resilient and climate-friendly settlements.As being located in the Mediterranean Basin, Turkey is expected to be affected by variousimpacts of climate change including heatwaves, drought, water shortage and flash flooding. The likely climatic impacts will add to the current disaster risks like the earthquake risks that many cities in Turkey face. Despite the high environmental risks that cities are prone to, little progress has been achieved so far in increasing the resilience of cities against such risks in Turkey. This is due to several barriersin governance of climate change. This paper will present the current level of climate change adaptation efforts in Turkey and also discuss the major barriers that hinders the formulation and widespread implementation of adaptation policies and strategies in cities in Turkey, as one of the key countries in the South of Europe.


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O. Balaban, “Lessons for a Resilient Future Roadblocks to Climate Change Adaptation in Turkish Cities,” presented at the The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) 2015, Kobenhavn, Danimarka, 2015, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: http://www.ecca2015.eu/abstract-book.html.