Empowered Women for Resilient Cities

Çankaya Municipality
Published: 15 October 2020
Last edited: 15 October 2020
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The “Building a Climate Change Resilient City through Empowering Women” project funded within the context of the Town Twinning Action Between Turkey and the EU Grant Scheme was implemented by Çankaya Municipality with the technical support of the Nature Conservation Centre (DKM) and in partnership with Frankfurt Municipality and the Association of Women Mukhtars. The overall goal of the project was to combat climate change in urban areas through training and empowering women to become active pioneers in climate-related issues and projects. The project focused on creating an enabling environment where women are effectively integrated into local decision-making processes and duly considered in climate change policies.


East Europe
Scale of implementation
Area-wide development
Urban ecosystem and build environment
Biodiversity mainstreaming
Connectivity / transboundary conservation
Gender mainstreaming
Local actors
Outreach & communications
Sustainable livelihoods
Changes in socio-cultural context
Sustainable development goals
SDG 4 – Quality education
SDG 5 – Gender equality
SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 13 – Climate action
SDG 15 – Life on land
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals
Aichi targets
Target 1: Awareness of biodiversity increased
Target 4: Sustainable production and consumption


Ankara, Turkey


  • The Nature Conservation Centre (DKM) provided training to more than 200 women on topics including the causes and impacts of anthropogenic climate change and what can be done to address the issue. Training content was tailored to the target audience.
  • Training was provided to kindergarten teachers working in the kindergartens of Çankaya Municipality. These events focused on capacitating teachers to teach the subject of climate change to pre-school children using various methods including games.
  • Training was also provided to the instructors and managers of Çankaya Municipality’s Public Training Centres as well as staff working in the Directorates of Parks and Gardens, Environmental Protection and Control and the Services for Women and Family.
  • Training materials and booklets were published and disseminated.

Contributed by

Matthew Koehorst Greenpop, IUCN Urban Alliance

Other contributors

Nature Conservation Center (DKM)