UN to fund Duterte's Climate Change project

Monday, November 18, 2019 12:00 AM    Views : 50by:Rio N. Araja

Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda has lauded the United Nation Green Climate Fund’s (UN-GCF) $10-million grant for President Rodrigo Duterte’s Climate Change Project proposal to which the UN body will provide another  $58 million in February next year.

The GCF Board approved the proposal and the $10 million grant during its 24th meeting held last week in Songdo, South Korea. It will fund a multi-hazard impact-based forecasting and early warning system (MH-IBF-EWS) in the Philippines. Legazpi City, which is within Salceda’s second congressional district, is one among the project’s pilot areas.

The GCF (also referred to as Fund) is a specialized UN financing mechanism created to fund initiatives towards a global shift to low carbon emission and  climate-resilient adaptation measures for developing countries. The MH-IBF-EWS aims to strengthen and ensure the delivery of actionable and timely early warning to communities and ‘last mile’ end users at risk of impending natural hazards.

Salceda, House Ways and Means Committee chair, was the first Asian GCF co-chair, elected to represent all 172 developing countries including India and China in 2013-2014. Despite pervasive skepticism, the GCF Board, under the co-chairmanship of Salceda and his German counterpart, delivered two milestone achievements—the completion of the prerequisites that operationalized the GCF, and mobilization that raised the Fund’s initial US$10.2 billion.

Salceda said the Philippine projects will “ensure that all climate change related hazards are included in the development of climate risk profile of targeted LGUs as provided for in Climate Risk Management Framework (CRMF), and that the appropriate institutions such as academes and other science experts organizations which have the ncapacity to develop or have developed methodologies to establish climate change risk profile are officially engaged.”

Apart from the $10 million MH-IBF-EWS grant, Salceda confirmed that the Philippines will access a bigger $58-million grant from the GCF by February next year, for Strengthening the Resilience of Most Vulnerable Coastal Communities to Climate Change in the country’s Eastern Seaboard. This project, Salceda explained, aims to attain the goal of ‘Resilient Filipino coastal communities, supported by a healthy and resilient economy and ecosystems with the following objectives: 1) To enable the most climate vulnerable Philippine coastal communities to effectively manage the disaster risks of climate change; 2) To increase and improve the stock and quality of the country’s coastal resources, especially mangroves, and enable them to withstand the adverse impacts of climate change and sustainably provide optimum ecosystems services for the poor and vulnerable coastal population; and 3) to put in place the enabling environment and institutional arrangements for the continued resilience building in the country’s coasts.

The project, he said, will comprise the following components with their respective outcomes, outputs and major activities in coasted communities, as follows: Component 1 -- Managing the Disaster Risks of Climate Change; Component 2 -- Enhancing Mangrove Ecosystems Services for Climate Change Resilience; and Component 3 -- Establishing an Enabling Environment and Institutional Arrangements for Coastal Resilience.

Salceda said the $58-million project’s expected direct and indirect beneficiaries, including lives saved from climate-related disasters, are: 578 LGUs in 28 provinces, 9,024,000 fisher folks and farmers, 33 academic institutions as direct beneficiaries, and 51 million people as indirect beneficiaries in the eastern seaboard out of the country’s 105 million total population.

Salceda’s achievements as GCF co-chair were consequently hailed in the Conference of Parties held in Lima, Peru. His work on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Albay was recognized by United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction which declared him as the “most senior global champion” in these fields. During his term, the GCF focused on strategies to compel developed countries to remit their financial pledges to help support poor countries in developing their own disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation programs. He expressed elation that Legazpi City is included among MH-IBF-EWS’s target sites and beneficiaries, along with Tuguegarao City; Palo, Leyte; New Bataan and  Cagayan de Oro.

MH-IBF-EWS is designed to translate hazard forecasts into warnings that can convey location- and sector-specific impacts, providing clear climate risk information directly to LGUs and communities on the ground. It aims to deliver four outputs: 1) Generate science-based multi-hazard weather and risk information; 2) Establish an MH-IBF-EWS supported by a knowledge and decision support system; 3) Improve national and local capacities in implementing a people-centered MH-IBF-EWS and forecast-based early actions (FbA), and; 4) Mainstream climate risk information and MH-IBF-EWS in development policy and planning, investment programming and resilience planning at national and local levels and institutionalizing a people-centered MH-IBF-EWS in the Philippines.

Salceda said the GCF will channel the grant to the Land Bank of the Philippines, from where it can be accessed, based on established protocols.

Salceda said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA will be the project’s lead agency.


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