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Turkey among regions most affected by climate change: minister

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ISTANBUL

Turkey is located in the Mediterranean basin, one of the regions most affected by the impact of climate change, the country’s environment minister said on Saturday.

Murat Kurum was speaking at an event on the impact of climate change, held at the Dolmabahce presidential office in Istanbul.

The program, Circular Economy and Zero Blue Waste on the Axis of Sustainable Development, was organized by the Turkish Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, with the support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network United.

Kurum said temperature maps show that warming across the Mediterranean is around 20% higher than the global average, which is why Turkey often suffers the consequences such as forest fires, floods and drought. as well as global warming.

The fight against the climate is not just an environmental issue, but a development issue that deeply affects many sectors, he added.

Speaking on the decisions taken at the first climate council in Türkiye in February, he said: “In the next 20 to 30 years, we will see a greener Turkey that has largely completed its ecological transformation.

“We will see a Turkey that develops its capacity for the green economy in all sectors, and where hundreds of thousands of people are employed in green sectors.”

Addressing the country’s roadmap to achieve the 2053 net zero emissions target, he said all buildings will be energy efficient by 2030 and 100% decarbonisation will be achieved in heating and cooling .

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