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$600 million for Türkiye to build resilience against floods and drought

The World Bank Board has approved $600 million in financing to support Türkiye’s efforts to protect its people and strengthen resilience against the increasing frequency and intensity of floods and droughts due to climate change.

The Türkiye Flood and Drought Management Project aims to enhance flood control for residents in flood-prone areas, improve farmers’ capacity to monitor drought, and bolster the country’s institutional ability to manage flood and drought risks.

This project’s flood control measures will directly benefit over 150,000 residents across seven river basins that are highly susceptible to flooding. Additionally, 10,000 farmers will receive critical drought monitoring data, including real-time updates, to help manage water stress more effectively.

Floods account for nearly 30% of all natural disasters in Türkiye, causing significant economic damage and loss of life. Drought also poses a major challenge, especially for Türkiye, which ranks as the world’s 9th largest producer of agricultural products.

“Türkiye is increasingly recognizing the importance of taking action on climate change. The World Bank is delighted to support Türkiye in its wide-ranging efforts to build resilience against climate-related risks to protect people and the economy as well as achieve the country’s target of becoming carbon neutral by 2053,” said Humberto Lopez, World Bank Country Director for Türkiye.

The Türkiye Flood and Drought Management Project will address climate-related challenges by supporting:

  • Construction and rehabilitation of flood control infrastructure and piloting nature-based solutions in seven river basins: North Aegean, East Black Sea, Kizilirmak, Buyuk Menderes, West Mediterranean, East Mediterranean, and West Black Sea.
  • Improvement and expansion of flood monitoring, forecasting, and warning systems.
  • Piloting real-time agricultural drought monitoring in the Ceyhan basin, with plans to expand to other areas. This includes installing meteorological and soil moisture monitoring stations and leveraging off-farm data sources to optimize irrigation water usage and enhance drought resilience. Drought monitoring maps will aid farmers in improving water use efficiency, crop diversification, and irrigation efficiency.
  • Capacity development, institutional strengthening, and improved coordination among various government agencies and relevant stakeholders.

“Flood and drought management is a priority area for Türkiye, and this project focuses on outcomes that will increase climate resilience to these natural disasters, which are occurring with increasing frequency and intensity,” said Canan Yıldız Uz, one of the World Bank Project Team Leaders.

The World Bank is a vital and reliable partner for Türkiye in disaster risk management, municipal infrastructure, water resources management, housing, and health. Other ongoing World Bank-financed projects in Türkiye include the Türkiye Earthquake, Floods, and Wildfires Emergency Reconstruction Project, the Climate and Disaster Resilient Cities Project, the Disaster Risk Management in Schools Project, the Seismic Resilience and Energy Efficiency Project, the Health Systems Strengthening and Support Project, the Irrigation Modernization Project, and the Water Circularity and Efficiency Improvement Project.

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