Türkiye National Platform

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Studies in order to create a national platform in Turkey has been started in 2008, with a committee consisted of main actors involved in disaster management structure of Turkey. In 2009, after a restructuring period and with the establishment of Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD), new authority held the activities.


National Platform is a coordination and advisory group of several actors from the disaster community. The National Platform is formed by the decision of Cabinet and chaired and managed by AFAD.

Members of the platform, as of March 2011 are as follows:

Governmental Organizations

  1. Prime Ministry
  2. General Staff
  3. Ministry of Interior
  4. Ministry of Education
  5. Ministry of Public Works and Settlement
  6. Ministry of Health
  7. Ministry of Transportation
  8. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs
  9. Ministry of Energy and Natural Sources
  10. Ministry of Environment and Forestry
  11. Ministry of Culture and Tourism
  12. The Council of Higher Education
  13. Prime Ministry, Undersecretary of Treasury (DASK)
  14. Prime Ministry, State Planning Organization
  15. General Command of Mapping
  16. Boğaziçi University, Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute
  17. Turkish National Research Council (TUBITAK)

Non-Governmental Organizations and Professional Organizations

  1. Search and Rescue Association (AKUT)
  2. Neighborhood Disaster Support Group (MAG)
  3. Environment Foundation of Turkey
  4. GEA Search and Rescue Group
  5. Psychiatric Association of Turkey
  6. Chamber of Geological Engineers
  7. Chamber of Geophysical Engineers
  8. Chamber of Civil Engineers


  1. Middle East Technical University
  2. Istanbul Technical University
  3. Karadeniz Technical University
  4. Kocaeli University
  5. Dicle University

Local Authorities

  1. Governorate of Istanbul
  2. Governorate of Erzincan
  3. Governorate of Kahramanmaraş
  4. Governorate of Denizli
  5. Governorate of Hatay
  6. Governorate of Bİngöl
  7. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
  8. Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality
  9. Bursa Metropolitan Municipality
  10. Municipality of Trabzon
  11. Municipality of Giresun
  12. Municipality of Manisa
  13. Municipality of Afyonkarahisar
  14. Turkish Union of Municipalities
  15. Union of Governors

Private Sector

  1. Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmens’ Association (TUSIAD)
  2. The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB)
  3. Turkish Contractors Association (TMB)


  1. Prime Ministry, General Directorate of Press and Information
  2. Turkish Association of Journalists
  3. Turkish Radio and Television Cooperation (TRT)
  4. Anadolu Agency

National Association

Turkish Red Crescent


Meeting expenses and other events of the National Platform will be covered by the AFAD budget. Expenditures for proposed research, project and survey within the scope of the Platform will be funded by AFAD or related institutions.


The aims of the Platform are: provide public awareness against disasters, ensure coordination and cooperation in order to maintain disaster related issues sustainable, assessment of needs, monitoring and evaluation of implementations in order to contribute to integration of DRR policies into sustainable development plans and policies at all levels.


  1. Contribute to the needs assessment studies for disaster risk reduction activities, policies, make proposals for national action plans on DRR,
  2. Contribute to the programming, monitoring and evaluation of DRR studies at national level,
  3. Ensure more effective and multi stakeholder studies and activities among the various partner organizations working in the field of DRR and make available more effective and rationalist use of sources,
  4. To direct the in line organizations on the following topics: Integration of development plans and policies into DRR targets & Identification, implementation, monitoring and definition of priorities of hazard and risk studies by supplying consultancy,
  5. Develop strategies and policies in order to achieve DRR and support the existing ones,
  6. Maintain the implementation and monitoring of Hyogo Framework of Action Strategy Plan in the country,
  7. Support the activities in order to increase the awareness of public to disaster risk reduction,
  8. Documentation of all lessons learnt in the field of DRR and share and exchange of information with national and international stakeholders,
  9. Facilitate and support establishment of mirrored/similar mechanisms at the county and local self-government levels regarding disaster risk reduction.
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