The Ankara Initiative


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The Ankara Initiative was launched at the UNCCD COP12 to strengthen implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It will support the global sustainable development agenda and leverage the lessons learned from Turkey’s past experience and approaches to land management.

As a predominantly arid and semi-arid country, Turkey has invested heavily in land rehabilitation and restoration. Based on its own experience, the country has been supporting other affected countries, particularly African countries, for building capacity through training and skills development. The Ankara Initiative leverages the full range of these skills, expertise and experience to provide practical support for the achievement of Land Degradation Neutrality.


Initiative components 

  • Socio-economic factors
    • Understanding the linkages between DLDD and migration and social instability
    • Land-based activities
    • Progress tenure and resource rights of vulnerable groups
    • Implementation LDN
    • Capacity building
    • Participatory approach
    • Support for Forum of Local Government
    • Engagement of the private sector
  • Institutional arrangements
    • Synergy
    • Encourage increasing cooperation and information exchange
    • Developing pilot projects
    • Dissemination of best practice
  • Policy
    • To support drought early warning systems
    • To support to land use planning and land use change at the watershed


Ankara Initiative is planned for a four-year-period (2016 - 2019).


The Government of Turkey will contribute USD 5 million to the UNCCD secretariat over the four-year period.


To support effective implementation of the Initiative, the Government of Turkey designated two officials in the UNCCD secretariat and the Global Mechanism (GM) respectively.


The Initiative was launched in compliance with the decision COP12/29. The agreement was signed between the secretariat and the Government of Turkey on 4 April 2016. The cooperation with other countries will be undertaken according to annual work plans and activities in conformity with the goals and principles set out in the Ankara Initiative.

As one of the countries most affected by climate change, desertification and drought, Turkey has a vision: to a build a future where the land is healthy and productive. Turkey recognizes that it is the health and productivity of the land and soil that will determine the future prosperity and…
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