REC Turkey

Dear Visitor,

This website is mainly brought into existence and planned to serve in Turkish language. However please feel free to read about REC and REC Turkey history and visit our Head Quarter website from the REC HQ link.

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is an independent international organisation that was established in 1990 by Hungary, the United States and the European Commission. Today, the REC is legally based on a charter with over 30 signatories.

The REC builds bridges between stakeholders and countries in addressing environmental issues. Its work is currently implemented through 12 topic areas: biodiversity; climate change and clean energy; educational tools; environmental financing; environmental management; green transport; health and environment; law development, enforcement and compliance; local governance; participatory governance; the Sustainable Development Academy; and water management. Active in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond, the REC has its head office in Szentendre, Hungary, and country offices and filed offices in 17 beneficiary countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey (further information is avalaible at http://www.rec.org/).

The REC’s mission is to assist in addressing environmental issues by promoting cooperation among governments, non-governmental organisations, international organisations and institutions, businesses and other environmental stakeholders, and by promoting the free exchange of information and public participation in environmental decision making. The REC contributes to addressing priority environmental challenges through training programmes, pilot projects, environmental assessments, analytical studies, educational tools and grants. It provides a neutral platform for cooperation and multi-stakeholder dialogue and transfers best practices and experience at regional and global level.

The REC implements around 200 projects annually. In recent years its work has been focused on governance for sustainability and green economy, through projects such as the Green Pack multimedia educational toolkit, which has now reached more than 4 million students and 45,000 teachers in 18 countries; capacity-building courses for senior officials through the Sustainable Development Academy; cross-border cooperation in the areas of environmental planning and investment; advancing sustainable urban transport in an enlarged Europe; capacity building for environmental inspectors; support to local initiatives; assistance in environmental law drafting; sustainable consumption and production; support to cooperation between the environment and health sectors by means of policy integration at international and national level; assistance in water management programmes; helping countries and communities on the path towards a low-carbon transition; and promoting climate change mitigation policies. The REC is also a partner in the Europe-China Clean Energy Centre.

As one of Country office, REC Turkey began operations in April 2004 after the signing of the REC Charter in 2002 and the Bilateral Agreement between the Government of Turkey and the REC.

REC Turkey works closely with all major stakeholders, including the government, NGOs, businesses and the financial sector. Thanks to its non-advocacy and non-partisan character, it has a neutral working relationship with all sectors and stakeholders. In addition to active work on projects, it contributes to ongoing national and international initiatives towards achieving the goals of sustainable development through its various support programmes. REC Turkey believes in the importance of the governance approach and multi-stakeholder participation in environmental decision-making processes.

REC Turkey scope of work covers wide range of services and studies that includes:

  • Resource and Waste Management/Circular Economy: REC Turkey addresses the challenges associated with the negative environmental impacts generated by the use of natural resources; the rising costs of essential raw materials and minerals, their scarcity and price volatility; and the EU’s resource dependency. Activities cover the thematic areas of resource efficiency; waste and circular economy; industrial emissions and sustainable production; and eco-innovation.
  • Climate Change/Low Carbon Development: REC Turkey enhances the integration of climate policy requirements and commitments into national decision-making processes; and promotes sustainable, clean energy management and the rational use of natural resources to pave the way towards a low-carbon society.
  • Biodiversity/Nature Protection:REC Turkey actively promotes public participation and provides assistance in the designation and management of territories and sites with natural values, for example implementing projects on Natura 2000.
  • Education for Sustainable Development: REC Turkey creates specific educational tools promoting sustainable development values through a holistic and interdisciplinary approach; strengthen teacher education through training, the sharing of experience and cooperation; and raise public awareness by developing tools and campaigns to increase public knowledge of sustainable development issues.