Adaptation to Climate Change: Barriers in the Turkish Local Context

Balaban, Osman and Balaban, Meltem Şenol (2015) Adaptation to Climate Change: Barriers in the Turkish Local Context. TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, ECCA15. pp. 7-22. ISSN 1970-9870

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Climate change is one of the greatest environmental challenges that we face today. A certain level of climate change is now unavoidable. Along with mitigation efforts to curb further global warming, we have to take actions to adapt to the changing climatic conditions. Cities are on the front lines of climate change impacts. Therefore, the role of cities in climate change adaptation has been widely acknowledged in the last two decades. There are various obstacles that prevent city governments to develop adaptation policies. While some of these obstacles are universal, some of them are context-specific. Based on the review of key policy documents and interviews with public officials, this paper focuses on analyzing the main barriers that prevent Turkish cities to develop and implement effective adaptation policies. The research results indicate that cities in Turkey face very similar barriers with their international counterparts in adaptation policymaking. Among the main barriers in the Turkish local context are lack of institutional and technical capacity as well as awareness and coordination problems among actors of climate policy. Due to such barriers, “municipal voluntarism”, which mostly leads to voluntary and spontaneous actions, is the prevailing approach to climate policy development in Turkish cities. A series of reforms should be enacted by the central government to help cities overcome the barriers to climate change adaptation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue, 2nd European Conference on Climate Adaptation (ECCA 2015) Copenhagen "Smart and Resilient Cities. Ideas and Practices from the South of Europe"
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change; climate polic; adaptation; cities; barriers; Turkey
Subjects: 700 Arti, Belle arti e Arti decorative > 710 Urbanistica e paesistica > 711 Urbanistica (Pianificazione territoriale) (Classificare le opere d'insieme su Urbanistica e Architettura in 720; classificare le opere interdisciplinari sull'Urbanistica in 307.12)
Depositing User: Rosa Anna La Rocca
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 09:25
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2016 15:07

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