I am currently authoring the first guide to climate finance with a particular focus on Green Climate Fund in Turkish language in order to raise awareness and capacity on related issues. Climate finance is an area that was almost overlooked in Turkey until the Paris Agreement’s emergence. In the recent years, I have been writing about the issue in various outlets (i.e. this one) to shed a light and currently drafting a more structured guide for the attention of all interested stakeholders.
I am working on a consultancy assignment where I focus on conducting a stocktake assessment, gap analysis and localisation of SDG 13 – Climate Action targets and indicators. The idea of tailoring all SDGs into Turkey’s own context came from the Turkish Ministry of Development, and outsourced to the experienced team of TSKB Escarus (A company of Turkish Industrial Development Bank).
Soon I am leaving my post at GTE Carbon, a leading Turkish carbon management & climate services company, where developed and coordinated externally funded project activities and provided consultancy services. As I am coming to the end of my term here, I would like to reflect upon two important projects I was involved in, both related with climate change adaptation and resilience.
I had a chance to serve as the lead author of the Regional Environmental Centre (REC) Turkey’s substantially revised guide to climate change science, policy, governance which is a first of its kind publication in Turkish.
“Beyond special circumstances: climate change policy in Turkey 1992–2015”
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Edited By: Mike Hulme
Impact Factor: 3.415
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 4/100 (Environmental Studies); 12/77 (Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences)
Online ISSN: 1757-7799
by Ethemcan Turhan, Semra Cerit Mazlum, Ümit Şahin, Alevgül H. Şorman and Arif Cem Gündoğan
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2016
This article of mine was recently published at the Chamber of Architects of Turkey’s magazine “Mimarlik” (Issue 387). I suggest that energy democracy, self-governance and participation should be at the very heart of the discussion if cities are to offer any suggestion to the anthropogenic climate change problem. The article is in Turkish.
Our article has been published at the Outreach Magazine* during COP21 Paris. We argued that Turkey needs to take bold decisions on its alternative development pathways if it is to go beyond special circumstances discourse in the new climate regime.
(*Outreach is a multi-stakeholder publication on climate change and sustainable development produced by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and has been produced at various international meetings on the environment.)