Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Environmental Management in Turkey

Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Environmental Management in Turkey

Source of funding

European Commission

Name of client/donor

CFCU/Ministry of Finance, Turkey

Overall project value

EUR 1,000,000


August 2014 – August 2016

Beneficiary countries


Number of staff


The project was implemented in the context of Turkey's efforts to achieve compliance with the EU's environmental acquis. It provided training and assistance to government institutions and local administrations on legal, institutional, technical and investment matters in order to improve environmental management and ensure progress in the approximation process.

The specific goal of the project was to support the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning (MoEU) to fulfil its commitments in the EU accession process with respect to the negotiations under the environment chapter. It also aimed to strengthen institutional capacity at local level to accelerate the implementation of EU legislation and to develop tools for better management by promoting the methodology for local environmental action plans (LEAPs) at local level.

The main targets were the MoEU and other ministries related with environmental approximation. Local authorities were also targeted in order to strengthen the implementation of environmental legislation. The private sector, NGOs, academia and research institutions were also targeted to some extent.

Activities were implemented according to three components.

Strengthening the institutional and technical capacities of the MoEU for EU accession:

  • Three ex-post evaluation reports were produced on the effectiveness of the implementation of three directives
  • Three trainings were organised on EU best practices related to selected directives
  • Three workshops were held on environmental law drafting
  • Access to environmental information was improved via the project portal

Strengthening the institutional and technical capacities of local authorities through trainings and technical assistance for the effective implementation of the EU environmental acquis and the successful planning of environmental investments through participatory processes at local level:

  • Three sets of directive-specific implementation guidelines were prepared
  • Eight trainings on LEAPs were organised
  • Eight capacity-building trainings were organised related to the local implementation of regulations
  • Eight trainings were given on financing environmental investments

Increasing ownership on the part of local authorities in relation to integrated environmental planning through capacity-building activities and strategy documents:

  • A national strategy document was prepared for the possible implementation of LEAPs
  • Draft national legislation on LEAPs was prepared
  • Three workshops for local administrations were held on strategic LEAPs
  • A national conference on sustainable cities was organised, addressing sustainability as a shared responsibility and providing an opportunity for disseminating the national strategy document
  • Capacity building and training
  • Report drafting
  • Communication and information dissemination
  • Event management