The Philippines has one of the highest exposures to natural hazards of any country in the world and it is widely recognized that global climate change is exacerbating the natural hazards that threaten the country.

Along with the many ongoing initiatives on climate change adaptation (CCA), this project would focus on developing practical examples and methodologies that demonstrate the benefits of mainstreaming CCA to enable targeted communities to adapt to potential impacts of climate variability and change, through: strengthening existing institutional frameworks for climate change adaptation (CCA) and demonstration of cost-effective adaptation strategies in agriculture and natural resources sectors.

Project Objectives

The project objective is to develop and demonstrate approaches that would enable targeted communities to adapt to the potential impacts of climate variability and change. This would be achieved by strengthening existing institutional frameworks for climate change adaptation, and by the demonstration of cost-effective adaptation strategies in agriculture and natural resources management. The project will increase communities’ adaptive capacity by improving: (a) farm management capability under conditions of climate risk; (b) access to information on weather forecasting and climate patterns; (c) access to risk management options such as weather index insurance; and (d) strengthening ecosystems. The primary beneficiaries include poor farmers who often suffer climate-related losses, and other vulnerable groups that depend on natural resources for their livelihoods.

Project Components

Component 1. This component supports the integration of climate change adaptation (CCA) into the agriculture and natural resources sectors, and strengthens the capabilities of relevant government agencies.

Component 2. This component helps poor rural communities, which are most at risk of climate change impacts, to adapt to the effects of climate change. It will demonstrate both tangible reductions in climate-related risks, and increased resilience to longer-term climate changes and climate-related disasters.

Component 3. This component improves the access of end users, especially in the agriculture and natural resources sectors, to more reliable scientific information that would enable more rapid and accurate decision making for climate risk management.

Component 4. This component supports the project coordination functions through DENR’s Foreign Assisted Projects Office (FASPO).

The Climate Change Commission is implementing component 1, whose expected output is the formulation of an integrated decision making framework that will aid planners and decision makers in the agriculture and environment sector in mainstreaming CCA in development plans. In the development of the framework, existing institutional landscape; government planning and budgeting process; climate information sharing system were scoped and analyzed. The strategy to institutionalize the decision-making framework shall be embodied in policy recommendations. In addition, to increase the adaptive capacity of the Agriculture and environment sectors, a system to integrate the concept of climate change adaptation in investment programming shall also be developed.

Benefits from the Project:

• The project supports Government efforts to protect the poor from sudden economic shocks. Specifically, the project helps in mitigating disaster and climate-related risks, by piloting climate change adaptation measures.

• The project strongly supports the priorities of the Medium Term Philippine Development Plans. The MTPDP stresses the need to reduce poverty in rural communities through agricultural development, which in turn depends on addressing key vulnerabilities of the crop production system. It is known that climate-related hazards such as El Niňo Southern Oscillation and tropical cyclones are the most significant factors that cause damage to agricultural productivity. PhilCCAP also aims to enhance the protection of forests and conserve biodiversity in its pilot sites within protected areas—two objectives that, at the same time, support resiliency to climate change.

Total Budget: US$4.974 MILLION 

Responsible Partners

Department of Agriculture
Department of Science and Technology
National Irrigation Administration
Agricultural Training Institute
Bureau of Soils and Water Management
Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation

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