“Support to the Philippines in Shaping and Implementing the International Climate Regime” (SupportCCC II) Project aims to strengthen the Climate Change Commission and other key actors in implementing and coordinating the national climate change regime as well as developing and operationalizing national contributions to the international climate change regime.
SupportCCC II is a joint undertaking of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Climate Change Commission, in cooperation with the Department of Energy, the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the National Economic and Development Authority, local government units, academe, civil society organizations, and the private sector. It is funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
Project components include work on (1) Implementation of the national climate change policy within the framework of the Philippine international climate change commitment; (2) Climate-proof land-use and development planning at local level; (3) Climate finance; (4) Renewable energy and energy planning; and (5) Awareness raising, knowledge management, and networking/interfacing.
The Philippines is severely affected by the negative effects of climate change: the country is one of the ten nations most at risk around the globe. Extreme weather events, such as heavy rainfall and typhoons, are becoming more common and have dramatic consequences, including major damage to infrastructure and agriculture, and loss of human life. Rising sea levels are already being reported in a number of coastal regions. Poor population groups that are reliant on an intact environment for their livelihoods are most vulnerable.
Since the passing of the Climate Change Act of 2009, the Philippines has continued to strengthen its efforts in mainstreaming climate resiliency in national and sectoral plans, as guided by the National Climate Change Action Plan 2011-2028. A national adaptation fund, the People’s Survival Fund (PSF), has been operationalized and accepts proposals from local government units and accredited non-government organizations. These efforts are being coordinated by the Climate Change Commission under the chairmanship of the President. The Renewable Energy Act of 2008 has set the country on the path towards increased use of renewable energies, with a target of increasing the renewable energy capacity from the current level of around 5 gigawatts to 15 gigawatts by 2030.
The Philippines is also one of the most vulnerable countries aiming for ambitious commitments in the inter-national climate change discussions, assuming the Presidency of the Climate Vulnerable Forum in 2015, and setting its own commitments to contribute to efforts of mitigating global greenhouse gas emissions.
SupportCCC II builds on from the experiences and results of the previous BMUB-IKI funded project, “Support to the Climate Change Commission in Implementing the National Climate Change Action Plan (SupportCCC),” which culminated in August 2015. SupportCCC has so far contributed to the institutional strengthening in implementing the National Climate Change Action Plan, to the promotion of renewable energy through policy mechanisms such as the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) and net-metering, and to the capacity building efforts on climate-resilient planning at the subnational level.
The Climate Change Commission and other key stakeholders of the Philippines ensure a coherent implementation of climate change policy at the national and subnational levels, and contribute to the further development of the international climate change regime.
The project supports the Climate Change Commission (CCC), and other relevant agencies such as the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), in advancing the coordination and implementation of the national climate change policy, within the framework of the Philippines’ international climate change commitments. This includes the support to the Philippines’ presidency of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme. At the subnational level, the project works with local government units in developing climate-adaptive land use and development plans, and in accessing climate financing facilities, such as the People’s Survival Fund (PSF), for implementation.
The project continues its support to DOE in the implementation of an effective regulatory framework to promote the use of renewable energy. Furthermore, the project partners aim at improving national energy planning to better accommodate the increasing amount of energy from variable renewable sources such as solar and wind energy in the Philippine power system. It also extends cooperation with HLURB in the country-wide implementation of the climate and disaster smart enhanced comprehensive land-use planning guidelines.
Dr. Bernd-Markus Liss
Director & Principal Advisor of the GIZ Climate Program
Address: 2/A, PDCP Bank Centre, Corner V.A. Rufino & L.P. Leviste Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227, Philippines
Tel.: +63 2 651 5100
Fax: +63 2 892 3374
Ms. Agnes Balota
Chief Advisor of SupportCCC II Project
Address: Room 204 Mezzanine Flr, Little President’s Learning Palace (LPLP), Malacañang Compound San Miguel, Manila 1005 Philippines
Tel.: +63 2 742 6411