Taking a Deep Dive into the H2O Issues
Water sufficiency - The heart of people’s health and survival nexus in light of 1.5oC Water technologies and agriculture Water Security, Regulation and Governance Climate Science Youth Congress - CCC’s 2019 Search for Young Outstanding Climate Scientists Manila, Philippines 20 November 2018 – The Climate Change Commission is spearheading this year’s observance of the Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week from 19 to 25 November 2018 with the theme: The 1.5˚Celsius Climate Challenge: Survive and Thrive Together. On its second day, 20 November 2018, the conference takes a deep dive into the water issues with the objective of emerging with crystal clear information, technology, best practices and commitment to action from various sectors. We have long been submerged under the combined harmful habits in the use of water across our very own lifestyle and livelihood, from agriculture to fisheries to business practices. This threatens the quality and security of water - the vital need for life to continue. The conference tackles Water Security by The Numbers to be presented by Lisa Bersales, PhD from the Philippine Statistics Authority, followed by Clean Water For Our Communities: The Heart of The People’s Health And Survival Nexus In Light Of 1.50C by Susan Pineda-Mercado, PhD, the Special Envoy of the President for Global Health Initiatives. Department of Agriculture takes on the stage with its Latest Water Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture by Director Angel Enriquez. On the business sector, Jose Angelo Fernandez will present the Aboitiz Model: Public-Private Partnerships Approach to Water Security. Waves of other issues and efforts come into the spotlight when Roberto Soriano, PhD discusses the Climate Science: Assessment of Laguna Lake For Sustainable Water Use In Metro Manila, Followed by Towards A Convergent Water Regulation and Governance In The Era Of Climate Change by Executive Director Sevillo David, Jr. of the National Water Resources Board, and Securing Water For The Local Government Units by Secretary Eduardo Ano of DILG. The afternoon session shows the surge of developments that the Philippine Science High School endeavored to research and study: Development Of A Self-Sustaining Rainwater Collection System and AWD-Based Water Level Sensor For Philippine Farm For Reduced Water Consumption; Synthesis of A Pectin-Based Biodegradable Superabsorbent Polymer From Citrus Maxima For Agriculture Use; and Design of An Automated Spray Irrigation System For Cabbage Farming Using A Time-Domain Reflectometry-Based Soil Moisture Sensor The Climate Change Commission will launch its 2019 Search for Young Outstanding Climate Scientist before the day ends. The collaborative efforts from among leaders, students, communities and business sectors fortify the resolve to address water issues with ideas, information, and coherent action.
November 20,2018 Tuesday
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President Duterte on CVF Virtual Summit: Nations Must Do Their “Fair Share” of Climate Action
Simultaneous to the celebration of the 2018 Climate Change Consciousness Week, President Rodrigo Duterte joined several other heads of state and high-level policymakers today in the first Virtual Leaders Summit of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF). The CVF, a coalition of 48 developing countries, was chaired by the Philippines when it led the campaign in 2015 to enshrine the 1.5 degrees Celsius warming threshold in the Paris Agreement. The Forum is currently chaired by the Republic of Marshall Islands, led by President Hilda Heine, who is hosting the online event meant to bring together world leaders and step up global climate ambition. In his message, President Duterte, who chairs the Climate Change Commission (CCC), emphasized that climate change is “a day-to-day problem and reality” for our people, which is why the government has “pioneered [its] own climate finance mechanism for local adaptation projects and pursued other climate change resiliency initiatives.” “Climate action and ambition must be shared and demonstrated by all nations,” President Duterte said, calling on all countries to do their “fair share” of climate action. “I call on industrialized nations to significantly reduce their carbon emissions and provide assistance to developing nations in terms of finance, capacity building and technology transfers, as urged by the Paris Agreement. It is only by helping one another that we can win the fight against climate change,” Duterte said. Climate Change Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman, as the Philippine National Focal Point to the CVF, also delivered a keynote statement, stressing that “climate action delayed is climate justice denied” and that “we must rise up to the 1.5 climate challenge to survive and thrive together.” Senator Loren Legarda also shared her journey to champion the environmental and climate change advocacy in the Philippines through a message, delivered by Climate Change Commissioner Rachel S. Herrera, for the All-Women Summit Champions Panel that featured stories of women taking leadership in climate action. About the CVF Virtual Leaders Summit The CVF Summit, as envisaged by current CVF Chair and Republic of Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, is an entirely online and carbon-neutral platform that calls for nations to show leadership and commit to raising their level of ambition in solidarity with the most vulnerable. Heads of state and high-level representatives are invited to participate in the CVF Summit and demonstrate intentions to raise ambition, including updating their national targets. Read more: https://www.virtualclimatesummit.org/about/
November 19,2018 Monday
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The 1.5 Celsius Climate Challenge: Survive and Thrive Together
Manila, Philippines 16 November 2018 - The Climate Change Commission is spearheading this year’s observance of the Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week from 19 to 25 November 2018 with the theme The 1.5˚Celsius Climate Challenge: Survive and Thrive Together. The observance will highlight the whole-of-government climate action together with sustainable development stakeholders. A week-long conference aims to synergize the country's vision and policy direction towards green economy and low-carbon future, informed by the latest climate science and technology, knowledge and best practices on climate change resilience. The opening ceremonies on Monday, 19 November 2018, at the SMX Convention Center in Mall of Area Complex will be led by Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman, Vice-Chairperson and Executive Director of the Climate Change Commission. Senator Loren B. Legarda, Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation, and, at the same time, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Global Champion for Resilience and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Champion for National Adaptation Plans, will deliver the keynote. The President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, as Chairman of the Climate Change Commission, will share his Vision for a Climate-Resilient Philippines. Invited speakers for the plenary sessions include Lourdes Tibig, PhD, National Panel of Technical Experts, Climate Change Commission, on The Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the Global Warming of 1.5oC; Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, S.J., PhD, Professor, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Davao University, on The Philippine Climate Change Outlook; and Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera, Climate Change Commission; Mr. Heherson T. Alvarez, Former Vice-Chairperson, Climate Change Commission, Mr. Vince S. Perez, Former Secretary of Energy, Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua, Department of Education, Assistant Secretary Lorenzo A. Clavejo, Director, National Security Council, on The Philippine Climate Policy Landscape to be moderated by Bloomberg TV news anchor Roby Alampay. Invited to deliver their statements on climate action include the Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena on Linking Science, Policy and Climate Action; Department of Education Secretary Leonor M. Briones on Advancing Climate Change Education in the Philippines, and National Economic and Development Authority Secretary-General Ernesto M. Pernia on Aligning National and Local Development Plans to the 1.5oC Global Climate Goal. Business leaders Ms. Alegria Limjoco, President, Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Mr. Nestor V. Tan, President, Bankers Association of the Philippines; Mr. Hans Sy, Chairman, Executive Committee, SM Prime Holdings Inc.; Mr. Jose Albert, President, Philippine Association of Supermarkets; Mr. Federico Lopez, Chief Executive Officer, First Philippine Holdings Corporation; and Mr. Leandro Leviste, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Solar Philippines, are invited to rise to the 1.5oC climate challenge and deliver their commitments to climate action. In the afternoon, Rodel D. Lasco, PhD, Scientific Director of Oscar M. Lopez Center, will lead in the launch of The Philippine Climate Change Assessment Report. A series of thematic priorities of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) will follow. The first thematic panel on Securing Sustainable Food and Water Systems to be moderated by Carlos Primo C. David, PhD, Member, National Panel of Technical Experts, Climate Change Commission, will include Mr. Segfredo R. Serrano, Undersecretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Agriculture; Dr. Sevillo D. David, Jr., Executive Director, National Water Resources Board; Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Chancellor, University of Philippines Los Baños; and Mr. Ramoncito S. Fernandez, President and CEO, Maynilad Water Services, Inc. The second thematic panel on Ensuring Ecosystems Integrity and Services for Climate Resilience to be moderated by Rodel D. Lasco, PhD, Member, National Panel of Technical Experts, Climate Change Commission will include Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-The, Undersecretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Ms. Julia Nebrija, Program Manager, Department of Budget Management; Atty. Lloyd Christopher A. Lao, Commissioner, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board; Mr. Richard B. Tantoco, President and Chief Operating Officer, Energy Development Corporation; and Mr. Edgardo C. Manda, President, Philippine Bamboo Foundation. The third thematic panel on Multistakeholder Convergence for a Healthy, Safe, and Climate-Resilient Society to be moderated by Glenn Roy V. Paraso, PhD, Member, National Panel of Technical Experts, Climate Change Commission, will include Mr. Camilo G. Gudmalin, Undersecretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development; Dr. Lyndon L. Lee Suy, Assistant Secretary, Department of Health; Mr. Albert A. Magalang, Chief, Climate Change Division DENR-EMB; and Ms. Maria Adelaida Mias-Cea, Regional Coordinator for Asia Pacific, UN Habitat Philippines. The fourth thematic panel on Leveraging Climate Ambition, Economic Opportunity, and Sustainability to be moderated by Mr. Leandro Buendia, Member, National Panel of Technical Experts, Climate Change Commission, will include Mr. Federico Abuan, Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor and Employment; Mr. Ramon San Pascual, Executive Director, Health Care Without Harm Asia; and Dr. Linda L. Milan, Former Director, World Health Organization. And the last thematic panel on Mobilizing Clean Energy, Finance, and Investment to be moderated by Atty. Pedro H. Maniego, Jr., Senior Advisor, Climate Change Commission, will include Mr. Jesus P. Posadas, Undersecretary, Department of Energy; Ms. Airene M. Robinson, Assistant Secretary, Department of Transportation; Mr. Lawrence S. Fernandez, Vice President, Meralco; Mr. Renato Redentor Constantino, Executive Director, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities; and Mr. Alexander Ablaza, Director, Blue Sky Energy Asia. Secretaries Emmanuel F. Piñol of Agriculture, Roy A. Cimatu of the Environment and Natural Resources, Francisco T. Duque III of Health, Ramon M. Lopez of Trade and Industry, and Alfonso G. Cusi of Energy, will deliver their respective leadership resolve and commitments to climate action. For registration, please visit our portal: http://1o5c.ph/
November 16,2018 Friday
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Landbank Accredited by Green Climate Fund as Philippines’ First Direct Access Entity
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board has approved the accreditation of the Land Bank of the Philippines as Direct Access Entity (DAE) of the GCF during its 21st Board Meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manama, Bahrain. LANDBANK was one of 16 access entities granted accreditation during said meeting. LANDBANK now stands as the first DAE accredited by GCF in the Philippines and one of 75 DAEs worldwide. The GCF is an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Paris Agreement, dedicated to supporting global efforts to respond to the challenge of climate change. It aims to help developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change by supporting programs and projects that promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development, while taking into account the needs of developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. As a DAE, LANDBANK now has the mandate to ensure development, management, and delivery of program/project activities that are aligned with the objectives and target results of the GCF and the country’s national priorities, including the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), among others. It is responsible for managing a project from design to project evaluation and financial closure using the organization’s own systems, i.e., its procurement, environmental and social standards (E&S), audit and accounting procedures, among others. LANDBANK’s accreditation has been approved for: (i) category A environmental and social risk level; (ii) medium project size of up to US$250M, and (iii) specialization on project management, on lending/blending and grant mechanism. As DAE, the Bank can serve as instrument for channeling GCF resources to programs and projects related to sustainable agriculture, forestry, fisheries, energy, transport, water, housing, tourism, health, among others, of the concerned national government agencies, local government units (LGUs), small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), cooperative, financing institutions, among others. Supported by the GCF Readiness Programme (GCFRP) of the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany, LANDBANK was provided technical assistance by the World Resources Institute (WRI) on submitting its Stage 1 accreditation requirements and by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on responding to comments from the Accreditation Panel for Stages 1 and 2 of the accreditation process. UNDP also assisted Land Bank on the development of its project portfolio for GCF, a Concept Note and Project Preparation proposal which are aligned with the national priorities and frameworks, and the ongoing country programming process. UNEP, WRI and UNDP have managed GCFRP’s implementation activities with the National Designated Authority (NDA) for GCF – previously, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and currently, the Climate Change Commission (CCC).   LANDBANK recognizes its role in strengthening the country’s capacity to access climate finance sources for the achievement of our Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Following its accreditation, Land Bank will be reinforcing its project portfolio and the scalability of projects that will be proposed to GCF, in partnership with the CCC, concerned agencies of the government and the private sector.
November 10,2018 Saturday
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Experts Gather to Foster Learning to ‘Enable Resilience For All’
• Over 1,000 delegates meet in Manila to discuss adapting to the worst impacts of climate change • Recent global warming assessment predicts devastation to coastlines and crops across Asia-Pacific • Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum is the largest gathering of its kind in the region MANILA, PHILIPPINES — More than 1,000 scientists, government officials, representatives from civil society and businesses, as well as development partners from 60 countries are meeting this week at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila for the 6th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum to share and discuss urgent adaptation solutions to build resilience against the adverse impacts of climate change. The recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC paints a bleak picture of a future world riddled by climate impacts if drastic changes are not made to limit global warming to 1.5ºC. But even under this best-case scenario, the Asia and Pacific region faces significant devastation, from inundated coastlines to destructive droughts. Immediate action is needed to scale up efforts and build resilience to avoid severe effects on livelihoods, public health, and economies. “Adaptation ensures that we, as a people, are prepared and resilient enough to survive through the impacts of climate change with our culture and identity intact for generations to come,” said the President of Palau Mr. Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. in his message to the forum participants. “We need to find solutions to pave the road for a resilient society, economy, and ecosystem using platforms from Asia and the Pacific,” said Mr. Yasuo Takahashi, Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs of Japan’s Ministry of the Environment. The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum is the flagship event of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) and gives delegates the opportunity to forge partnerships and share learnings from actions, cutting edge science, and practical solutions that will strengthen resilience. The forum also helps establish regional priorities and mobilize political support for the international climate conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland in December 2018. “There is increasing prevalence of climate change and disaster risks in our cities and local communities. The poor and the marginalized are bound to suffer the most,” said Philippine Climate Change Commission Secretary Mr. Emmanuel M. De Guzman. “Reducing disaster risk and adapting to climate change is a pro-poor response. It liberates the poor from the vicious cycle of poverty and risk. It is social justice in action.” “Climate change, with its wide-ranging and largely adverse impacts, has emerged as a new threat to the continuing sustainable development of the region, with the potential to undermine five decades of progress,” said ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Mr. Bambang Susantono. “For ADB, to help achieve the development objectives of this region, investing in building resilience to climate and disaster risks has to be a new norm.” “Climate change resilience is imperative for the Asia-Pacific region. We have no choice but to adapt,” said UN Environment Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Ms. Dechen Tsering. “Fortunately, here in Asia, we have the tools and insight to do so. The APAN Forum builds partnerships to share this knowledge.” Co-hosted by the Government of Palau, the Philippine Climate Change Commission, and ADB, together with the APAN secretariat at UN Environment, the forum is the largest gathering of adaptation practitioners in the Asia and Pacific region. This year’s theme is “Enabling Resilience for All: Avoiding the Worst Impacts” and features interactive sessions, panel discussions, and knowledge exchange. FOLLOW APAN FORUM: Website: http://www.asiapacificadapt.net/adaptationforum2018/ #APAN2018 Flickr: APAN Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/user/Asiapacificadapt
October 19,2018 Friday
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CCC Opens 6th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum
The Climate Change Commission, in partnership with the Republic of Palau and Asian Development Bank, successfully convened the first of its three-day climate change adaptation forum, 17 October 2018 in Asian Development Bank in Mandaluyong City. With the theme Enabling Resilience For All: Avoiding the Worst Impacts, the opening day of the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network’s (APAN) 6th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum gathered government leaders, scientists, policy makers, and development partners from different countries across the Asia Pacific to discuss how humanity can adopt and withstand the impacts of climate change. On his opening remarks, CCC Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman accentuates the need for massive coordination and visibility among regions to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change. “Climate talk all over the world is happening in the same vein: The sense of urgency has finally sunk in… The efforts to build adaptation and resiliency are not anymore limited the global south,” De Guzman said. De Guzman also highlighted that most programs of the Philippines are adaptation- and resiliency-heavy, emphasizing the CCC’s flagship capacity building program - the Communities for Resilience. De Guzman also mentioned that our country is on the process of developing, enhancing, and ensuring the implementation of Local Climate Change Action Plan and the importance of the People’s Survival Fund in relation to disaster resilience. He also reiterated the nation’s call to fight for the 1.5°C as entrenched in the Paris Agreement, following the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 this month. “What is relevant, what matters, is that we continue our work—we must do as much as we can, as fast as we can. We must take stock of everything we can do, and we must do it. We must adapt but also deploy more efficient, competition-driven, decentralized clean energy systems, promote inclusive mobility, build green, embed transparency, promote accountability, bake resilience into long term development policy,” De Guzman said. “These efforts require massive coordination and visibility across regions. And we are here because we understand that the work of adaptation requires sharing what we know, deepening our linkages, and moving in lockstep with each other,” he concluded. CCC also handled parallel sessions on Strengthening Resilience through Social Protection Programs, Local Governments at the Forefront, and Understanding the Cascading Risks of Climate Change. A cocktail reception hosted by the Climate Change Commission closed the day one of the 6th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum.
October 17,2018 Wednesday
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Launching of the Global Commission on Adaptation
Today, 16th of October 2018, at the Hague, Netherlands, the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) will be launched, championing the idea of preparing for climate risks in a multi-sectoral endeavor that cannot be done by just one agency or ministry but rather requires transforming how societies invests and plan. Senator Loren Legarda is chosen to be one of the 20 commissioners of the GCA, and will be confirmed as GCA commissioner during the opening ceremony of today’s launch. Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) of the Philippines will also be there to represent the Philippines as a founding partner of the Global Center on Adaptation, a managing partner of the GCA. The launch will be overseen by Ban Ki-Moon, former UN Secretary General; Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Kristalina Georgiva, (CEO) of the World Bank. Watch the Livestream of the Launch of Global Commission on Adaptation. Please click here.
October 16,2018 Tuesday
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CCC Conducted Climate Impact Assessment, Health Services in Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya
To address the needs of the indigenous peoples (IPs) severely affected by the Supertyphoon Ompong in the provinces of Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) in partnership with the Office of the Cabinet Secretary (OCS) and the Department of Health (DOH) conducted technical and humanitarian services for the IPs of Mount Pulag on 10-12 October 2018. CCC Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman led the mission. More than 600 IPs benefited in the joint service delivery in the municipalities of Bokod and Kabayan in Benguet, and Kayapa in Nueva Vizcaya - places severely scoured by landslides during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong. Through series of assessments conducted with the help of several technical experts, Sec. De Guzman said that the local governments are expected to develop project proposals on their climate change adaptation and mitigation measures and apply for grant financing from the People’s Survival Fund. De Guzman said that this initiative will also enable the participating cities and towns from said provinces to review and enhance their local climate change action plans (LCCAPs) by adopting an ecosystems-based adaptation and mitigation (EbAM) planning network and complete their climate and disaster risk assessment (CDRA). Medical assistance in coordination with DOH Central and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) were also held to ensure that the IPs were provided with proper medication and treatment. Following the mission, in a meeting with Benguet Governor Crescenio C. Pacalso, Secretary De Guzman shared that the local governments of Benguet were able to identify and prioritize several adaptation measures which includes organic farming, bamboo propagation, planting and processing for generating livelihood and mitigating landslides, solid waste management, rainwater catchment and renewable energy for homes, and promoting indigenous knowledge and cultural heritage, among others.
October 12,2018 Friday
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CCC Pushes for Greater Resolve, Solidarity to Achieve 1.5°C Threshold
Manila, Philippines - The Climate Change Commission (CCC) urges for stricter and more efficient implementation of the Paris Agreement during its press briefing for policymakers and media on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C today. “The Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) affirms the Philippines’ call for greater urgency and ambition in implementing the Paris Agreement,” said CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Emmanuel de Guzman on his welcoming remarks. This briefing, held in partnership with the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) is the first of a series that the CCC will conduct to sustain a common understanding on the 1.5 science and goal, and to effectively align science, policy and action at all levels. Through this briefing, de Guzman wishes to localize and provide a layperson’s viewpoint of the IPCC Special Report and employ massive public information, communication and education strategies so that Filipinos can adopt green lifestyles and respond to save vulnerable communities and the planet. The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) under Philippine chairmanship advocated strongly for the 1.5 climate ambition to define and drive the global climate action, as reflected in the Manila-Paris Declaration adopted in Manila and in Paris in November 2015, by more than 40 developing nations.   As this latest climate science informs national policy and global action, De Guzman emphasized that now is the time to uphold the integrity of our ecosystems, to protect local communities from the onslaught of extreme weather, and to secure sustainable food and water supply, and the health and safety of our homes and communities. “There is no more eloquent moment than now to declare that climate action in the context of climate justice is a moral imperative and that all must now work together, as brothers and sisters of one humanity, to build a common home and a common future that lets all survive and thrive,” De Guzman added. Rosa T. Perez, PhD, a member of the National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) of the Climate Change Commission and one of the Lead Authors of the IPCC Special Report, reiterated that “Climate change is already affecting people, ecosystems and livelihoods around world.” She continued that “clearly, half a degree matters, there are clear benefits in keeping warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius compared with 2 degrees Celsius or higher.” In the context of sustainable development, Dr. Perez added “limiting to a 1.5 degree Celsius can go hand in hand in the achievement of other world goals such as the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development.” Limiting warming to a 1.5 degree Celsius is not impossible but very challenging as it requires “rapid and far-reaching” transition in land, energy, buildings, transport and cities. On the economic implications of the Special Report, Professor Toby Monsod, PhD, of the University of the Philippines School of Economics, said that “getting to a 1.5 degree Celsius is still technically and economically feasible under a variety of social and economic assumptions providing action begins very soon.” She added “there will be trade-offs but these (trade-offs) are context-specific. We, as a country, need to build on this and do our homework.” “Addressing climate change as a distinct objective is an opportunity to spur wider economic transformation. That climate change should not be paired with disaster risk reduction and management or subsumed under environmental sustainability, rather should be paired with development as a necessary condition to reduce poverty and achieve prosperity,” Professor Monsod added. Commissioner Rachel Herrera of the Climate Change Commission committed to communicate and organize briefings with the members of the cabinet and with the key committees of both Houses of Congress in the coming weeks. Said Special Report is the IPCC’s response to the governments’ appeal for the publication of a special report comprised of the impacts of global warming on natural and human systems, several climate change research, as well as the effects of global warming on sustainable development when they adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015. With more than 6,000 scientific references cited worldwide, said report was prepared and furnished by ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries.
October 09,2018 Tuesday
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CCC Holds 5th NPTE Forum: Reiterates Role of Science Towards Renewable Energy Development, Climate Change Resiliency
July 24, 2018. The Climate Change Commission (CCC) acknowledges the importance of science in leading efforts towards climate resilience and renewable energy policy development during the 5th National Panel of Technical Experts’ (NPTE) Forum on July 24 at the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU). With the theme “Renewable Energy and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Sustainable Development,” this NPTE forum aims to develop and provide deeper understanding on the significance of utilizing and investing more on renewable sources of energy to lower our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. First City Councilor Belen Acosta of the Davao City local government spoke in behalf of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte proudly remarked that the city strongly advocates renewable energy with corresponding policy legislation to help them create jobs and minimize the effects of climate change. Acosta also emphasized that environmental protection is a priority of the Davao City government as manifested in their “No Mining Policy” and the active functioning of their Watershed Management Council (WMC). CCC Commissioner Rachel Ann Herrera, on her opening remarks said that we are “aiming for affordable and clean energy as set by the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development and for sustainable energy being one of seven priorities under the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP).” Series of sessions and presentations were conducted during the forum led by NPTE members, Dr. Rosa Perez, and Mr. Leandro Buendia, on Climate Projection and Mitigation of Climate Change in the Philippines. Dr. Glenn Paraso served as the forum’s moderator. Climate Change Commissioner Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman echoed Senator Loren Legarda’s call for renewable energy as the author of the Climate Change Act and one of the authors of the Renewable Energy Act of the Philippines. De Guzman said that Legarda asked our policy implementors to observe closely enough the examples of other countries to begin to appreciate the rise of renewables in many countries around the world because it is what we need today, not just from a social and ecological standpoint, but also from an economic and sustainable policy development perspective. “Our country would be able to avoid future carbon emissions by pursuing low carbon development pathways with climate change adaptation and resilience building actions” de Guzman said. “Let me assure you that the CCC is committed to work in convergence with other government agencies in transforming energy sector with an increasing share of renewable energy to bring cleaner, greener, healthier, and more resilient future for the Filipino people,” de Guzman concluded. ###
July 24,2018 Tuesday
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CCC Reiterates Call to Ban Single-Use Plastics in Celebration of World Oceans Day
June 8, 2018. The Climate Change Commission (CCC) renewed its call to ban single-use plastics to halt the worsening state of our marine ecosystems in observance of the World Oceans Day.   “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean, which is the theme of this year’s Ocean Day, pictures the urgent need to end the excessive use of plastics,” CCC Vice Chairman and Executive Director Emmanuel De Guzman said. “Plastics found in our oceans is a clear manifestation of our throwaway culture that we developed over the years. We cannot continue to go business-as-usual as it heavily pollutes not only our waters, but also our air when burned,” de Guzman added. Philippines is recognized as one of the countries with rich marine ecosystems in the world but is also one of the major source of plastic trash contributing almost 3 million metric tons of plastic wastes and 500,000 metric tons of plastic waste leakage per year. "We have relied so much on our oceans for food, employment, energy and recreation for many years. Unfortunately, due to our abusive practices and lack of sense of responsibility, our waters are slowly dying and it is not impossible that marine habitats and life in the sea will soon become extinct," de Guzman said. Aside from our crisis with marine litter, we are also experiencing destruction of coral reefs and diminishing fish population because of the fast sea surface temperature rise and ocean aciditation. “It cannot be denied that climate change is existing. We have to do appropriate actions to address it and ending plastic pollution is one good way to start,” de Guzman emphasized. The health of our marine life is crucial to continuity of life, especially since the Philippines is among the top fish-producing countries in the world. Thus, de Guzman urged big corporations, the major contributor of microplastics, to step up and strictly regulate the production of plastics. “We certainly cannot do this alone. Aside from the advances made by different government agencies and other stakeholders, I would also like to call the attention of big companies here in the Philippines to come and join us in bringing our oceans back to its pristine state.” de Guzman said. “We fear that in no time, our oceans are carrying more plastics than fishes. We cannot see any more solution but to come together and implement necessary actions that will help us achieve our goal – bring back the health of our ocean, coral reefs, and the entire marine ecosystem for the benefit of the present and future generations,” de Guzman concluded. ###
June 08,2018 Friday
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CCC AND UNDP Launches Climate Change Data Portal and New Project in Support of the Paris Agreement
June 1, 2018. The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the National Integrated Climate Change Database and Information Exchange System (NICCDIES) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Support Project for the Philippines (NSPP) last May 31 at Novotel in Quezon City. As access to climate change data becomes vital to multi-sectoral development planning, NICCDIES (http://www.niccdies.ph/) is designed to be a game-changing element in the collaboration process. It is a web-based, “one-stop-shop” information portal for climate change mitigation activities in key sectors of agriculture, waste, industry, transport, forestry and energy. NICCDIES is intended to consolidate climate change data both from the public and private sectors and other stakeholders, allowing for decision makers to access, distribute and exchange these data for use in policymaking, development planning, investment decision making. The portal is the fruition of LECB PHL’s accomplishments concentrating on three components which are capacity building for public sector, enhanced support programme with the private sector and development of the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Action Plan. “Thanks to LECB, we are better-equipped and share a collective resolve in pursuing a low-carbon and climate-resilient development pathway. Moving forward, we can mobilize finance and find innovative solutions for the benefit of our nation and future generations,” said CCC Sec. Emmanuel M. De Guzman. “The challenge at hand is to transform the NDCs into tangible actions that would lead to long term, zero-carbon and climate-resilient development—a development that responds to the needs of working class families and places them at the heart of the government’s climate agenda,” he explained. De Guzman said the NSPP will help the Philippines its contributions to the Paris Agreement. “This new work stream shall support the government in achieving the transformation and change we seek,’ he said “Keeping the global temperatures below 1.5 degrees celsius seems difficult but the consequences of not doing it is devastating. The Philippines may not be a major contributor but if you pool in the emissions from countries with smaller contributions it can make a fundamental difference in lowering the carbon debt and greenhouse emissions globally, especially if we have the private sector on board in achieving the NDC,” UNDP Country Director Titon Mitra said. Based on the UNDP global NDC Support Programme framework, the NSPP will also advance gender-responsive NDCs by strengthening and supporting leading roles of women in climate action. ###
June 01,2018 Friday
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CCC Urges Stricter Enforcement of Laws to Protect Biodiversity
May 22, 2018. In observance of this year’s International Biological Diversity (IBD) Day on May 22, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) called on national and local authorities to strictly implement laws for the conservation of Philippine biodiversity, such as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001 and the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act of 1992. With the theme of “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”, this year’s IBD Day coincides with the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and highlights the progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels. “As the inevitable impacts of climate change are becoming more and more intense, the need for adaptation measures through our laws and other initiatives has also become more urgent. The Philippines is a mega biodiverse country, with millions of Filipinos dependent on our rich natural resources. It is therefore an imperative for us to build the resilience of our biodiversity against climate and disaster impacts,” said Climate Change Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman. De Guzman also placed importance the value of convergence among various governance spheres at all levels and sectors in ensuring that our biodiversity, natural resources, ecosystems, and protected areas are sustainably developed and managed. De Guzman also supported the call of Senator Loren Legarda to implement Ecosystems-based Adaptation (EbA), which includes the sustainable management, conservation, and restoration ecosystems, in order to enhance the resilience of our biodiversity against the impacts of climate change. Among these EbA practices include the maintenance and/or restoration of mangroves and other coastal wetlands to reduce flooding and erosion; sustainable management of upland wetlands and floodplains for maintenance of water flow and quality; conservation and restoration of forests to stabilize land slopes and regulate water flows; establishment of diverse agroforestry systems to cope with increased risk from changed climatic conditions; and the conservation of agrobiodiversity to provide specific gene pools for crop and livestock adaptation to climate change.[1] “Let us consider the case of Boracay, which was once considered as one of the world’s most beautiful islands but has fallen under serious threat because of human degradation and climate change. With the strong resolve from our government, we are slowly rebuilding Boracay back to its pristine state. When our country succeeds in enforcing our laws and maximizing our action in protecting our environment and addressing climate change, we can be certain that the Philippines will remain a natural wonder in the years and generations to come,” De Guzman concluded. __________________ [1]Climate Change and Biodiversity. Convention of Biological Diversity. https://www.cbd.int/climate/intro.shtml
May 22,2018 Tuesday
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CCC: Transition to Green, Climate-Smart Economy Will Drive Green Jobs, Sustainable Growth Amidst Climate Change
May 18, 2018. The Climate Change Commission (CCC), in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO) pushed for just transition to green and climate-smart economy during the first Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on the Development of the Green Jobs Act Assessment and Certification System and Guidelines, May 17 at the Aruga by Rockwell, Rockwell Center, Makati City. “In this era of climate change, it is important to pave way for low-carbon and green economic development with innovative and reformative practices, plans, and programs on climate change adaptation, mitigation, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable development,” highlighted Vice Chairperson and Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman in his opening speech. The multi-stakeholder consultation focused on the provision of broad perspectives of the Philippine Green Jobs Act of 2016 (RA 10771) as well as the incentives scheme for enterprises. Products and services standards that will be used to define which products can be considered green and conventional were also tackled during the meeting. RA 10771 provides a framework to identify, develop, certify, sustain, and incentivize “green jobs” to support the country. This law also promotes environmental sustainability and decent work by sharpening the country’s policy focus on promoting green jobs. Another important feature is the creation of an incentives system that will encourage business enterprises to generate and sustain more green jobs. ILO Director Khalid Hassan reiterated that “the message of the Green Jobs Act enables the country to address both environmental and climate change. We no longer have to choose between creating jobs and preserving the environment. Environmental sustainability can be pursued while creating decent jobs.” De Guzman highlighted the importance of integrating green jobs and just transition to the development of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) which the Philippines intends to submit to the UNFCCC within the year as in line with our ratification and joining of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Highlights of the meeting include the presentations on the Green Jobs Certification Process, Framework, and Green Jobs Content and Accounting. Sectoral workshop for Green products Standards and presentations were also held during the meeting. “We will constantly support convergence meetings such as this so we could all work together, pool our resources, knowledge and expertise, for a safer, more secure and sustainable future for the Filipino people,” de Guzman added. This multi-stakeholder consultative meeting was participated by several government agencies, business and development partners and members of the academe. The sectoral consultative meeting is set to happen on May 23-25.
May 18,2018 Friday
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PH in Talanoa Dialogue: Climate Justice Is Reducing Emissions Now While Leaving No One Behind
May 8, 2018. The spirit of climate justice enshrined in the Paris Climate Change Agreement calls for the international community to urgently pursue the low-carbon development pathway while leaving no one behind. This was the key message of the Philippines in the Talanoa Dialogue for Climate Ambition[i] Group Discussions organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat last May 6, 2018. Senator Loren Legarda, Head of the Philippine Delegation to the 48th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies of the UNFCCC convening in Bonn, Germany, stressed the need for big industrialized developed nations to drastically reduce their fossil fuel consumption. “The most important thing is to institutionalize local climate action or resilience. The way forward is to make sure that the big industrialized developed nations, would actually walk their talk,” Legarda said. The Senator also renewed the commitment of the Philippines to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent as stated in its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC). “We believe that mitigation is a function of adaptation. That is why, even if the Philippines is not a major emitter of GHG, with only 0.3 percent share in global emissions, we vow to remain committed to a conditional 70 percent INDC, which we will translate into our NDC, underpinned by the assurance that support for its materialization is guaranteed under the Paris Agreement,” Legarda explained. Climate Change Commissioner Rachel Herrera, meanwhile, emphasized the need for industrialized countries to assist developing and vulnerable nations in transitioning to a low-carbon economy and in building community resilience. “We must be enabled with the capacity, the technology and the means of the implementations to mitigate and to adapt, not because we have a mindset of dependency but because we recognize that doing so cannot be done successfully with using only domestic resources,” Herrera said. "Collective global efforts are very important along with individual country actions and this is the concept of Climate Justice that we have said in Paris. We say “now” and to “leave no one behind,” she added. Legarda and Herrera alternately represented the Philippines in the Talanoa Dialogue, a year-long facilitative dialogue officially adopted by the Conference of Parties (COP) to take stock of collective efforts in relation to progress towards the long-term global climate goal and to inform the preparation of nationally determined contributions.[ii] Talanoa is a traditional word used in Fiji and across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. The purpose of Talanoa is to share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions for the collective good. The process of Talanoa involves the sharing of ideas, skills and experience through storytelling. Seven Talanoa groups were set up last May 6 as part of the preparatory phase of the Dialogue. The Philippines is under Talanoa Group Lakeba (Lah-kem-bah). The group discussions will be summarized along with the totality of submissions and inputs received throughout the year. This summary will lead to a Synthesis Report which will inform the political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue which will take place at COP24 in Katowice, Poland in December 2018. ###
May 08,2018 Tuesday
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CCC: Transformational Shift Needed to Mainstream Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA)
May 7, 2018. The Climate Change Commission (CCC), as represented by Senior Technical Adviser Joyceline A. Goco, highlighted the importance of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in conserving and managing ecosystems to help people adapt to climate change and expressed that a transformational shift in our policy and decisionmakers’ mindset is needed to successfully mainstream EbA, not only in policy but also in practice. Goco made the statement during her presentation “10 Years of IKI in the Philippines: Bridging Theory, Policy, and Practice of Nature-based Solutions to Adaptation,” at the 10th Anniversary of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) held at the sidelines of the 48th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on May 5 in Bonn, Germany. “EbA in the Philippines builds from a long history of community-based approaches to natural resources management in the country. The support we received from IKI and other development partners enabled us to mainstream EbA solutions into national policies, development processes, and major climate actions,” Goco said. Among these policies, processes, and climate actions Goco mentioned included: the National Research and Development Agenda on Climate Change; Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation System of the National Climate Change Action Plan and the Climate Change Expenditure Tagging (CCET); Enhancement of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) Guidebooks; National Climate Change Mitigation Framework Strategy (NCCMFS); and the preparation of the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). Goco noted that the valuation of ecosystem services is instrumental to help “visualize” trade-offs and provide evidence for EbA that is tangible, visible, and relatable. She added that developing tools that address context-specific requirements and building in-country expertise is key to getting political buy-in of EbA both at the national and local levels. “While climate change projections are available, impact models and assessments are still very limited—except in isolated, pilot cases—which could be addressed by policy and decision-makers through specific interventions and measures,” Goco said. Goco emphasized that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is a key agency in mainstreaming EbA at the national level. She mentioned that the global learning and knowledge exchange platform facilitated by the IKI-supported EbA Global Community of Practice helped the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in articulating their Ecological and Environmental Stability (EES) strategy in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP). She also noted that, in 2016, the DENR issued a Memorandum Order for bureaus and services, from national to sub-national down to the community level, to integrate EbA in all programs, projects and activities—as an articulation of the department’s contributions to the implementation of the Philippine INDC in relation to the Paris Agreement. For Goco, while EbA is an acknowledged approach to adaptation to climate change, the Philippines still has a long way to go in bridging the fast-evolving science, policy, and practice. “The Philippines is well positioned for mainstreaming EbA in theory and policy, but prevailing practice shows otherwise. Measures focusing on resilience building through enhancing capacity of social and ecological systems, policy and governance, and research and development still receive smaller portions of the government budget,” Goco explained. In closing, Goco expressed appreciation to BMUB IKI’s diverse support in the country, covering policy advisory, capacity development, developing tools and methodologies, and testing solutions at the national and sub-national levels, all of which “enable the country to innovate on the approach for climate-resilient ecosystems and communities in the Philippines.”
May 07,2018 Monday
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CCC, PH Delegates Attend 48th Session of UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies
May 6, 2018. The Climate Change Commission (CCC), as represented by Commissioner Rachel Herrera, joins the Philippine Delegation to the 48th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) convening in Bonn, Germany. Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, Foreign Relations, and Finance, serves as the Head of the Philippine Delegation, which is composed of government representatives from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Special Committee on Climate Change of the House of Representatives. Civil society representatives include Renato Redentor Constantino and Sara Jane Ahmed of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities. “This is an opportunity for all nations to prepare for the upcoming discussions in COP24 in Poland this December, where the aim is to come up with the ‘rulebook’ to operationalize the Paris Agreement. Thus, 2018 is going to be a big year for the climate agreement. The Philippines will certainly remain to be aggressive in advancing our country’s interests and will continue to carry and champion the voice of the climate vulnerable in the negotiations,” Herrera said. On April 30 and May 1, the CCC attended the opening plenaries and meetings of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), as well as the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA). A training workshop on the use of economic modeling tools was attended by NEDA, while the DENR participated in the Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) workshop on ways to enhance the implementation of education, training, public awareness, public participation, and public access to information. On May 2, Commissioner Herrera delivered the Philippine interventions on risk assessment in the Suva Expert Dialogue, which explored ways for securing expertise and enhancing support (including finance, technology and capacity-building) for averting, minimizing, and addressing loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including extreme weather events and slow onset events. On May 3, the CCC attended the 7th Durban Forum on Capacity Building, which had an overarching topic of “Enhancing Capacities for the Implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions in the context of the Paris Agreement.” Ms. Yamide Dagnet, Senior Associate of the World Resources Institute (WRI), delivered the keynote presentation and highlighted the capacity building support provided to developing countries in at least 42 NDC-related initiatives. On May 4, the CCC attended the Meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB), which focused on addressing current and emerging gaps and needs in implementing capacity-building efforts in developing countries. In the Policy Dinner: New Ground to Step Up on the Path to 1.5°C, Herrera shared strategies and discussed concrete steps for how the international climate policy community can close the gap to 1.5°C. On May 5, Commissioner Herrera took part in the “Gender Dialogue: Constituted Bodies and the Integration of Gender Considerations,” which discussed gender considerations and perspectives that could be integrated to enable informed reporting on the progress towards the goals set by Parties of gender balance and gender-responsive climate policy. Citing incidents during Typhoon Yolanda, Herrera shared that sub-national agencies should be able to cater to the needs of women in times of disasters. She also supported the suggestion of Ms. Timaima Vakadewabuka, senior member of the Fijian delegation, for countries to nominate a National Gender Focal Point (NGFP) in order to sustain the momentum of a country’s Gender Action Plan (GAP). At the 10th Anniversary of the BMU’s International Climate Initiative (IKI), Legarda delivered a speech at a high level panel to discuss the theme “IKI in the Years to Come,” alongside Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Director-General for Global Issues-Sector Policies and Programmes of the German BMZ; Prof. Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute; and Ms. Sonia Medina, Executive Director of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. The CCC also delivered a presentation on the Philippine experience on implementing IKI projects. On May 6, Legarda represented the Philippines as participant in the Talanoa[1] Dialogue, consisting of about 35 participants (comprising of 30 Party representatives and 5 non-Party stakeholder representatives), which will work in parallel to address three questions: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How will we get there? In her statement, Legarda expressed that, “the way forward is to make sure that the big industrialized developed nations—while some have committed to veering away from coal—would actually walk their talk.” On May 7 and 8, the CCC will participate in the Long-Term Climate Finance (LTF) Workshop, which will facilitate technical and action-oriented discussions on scaling up climate finance for mitigation and adaptation, with focus on country experiences and learning. At the event “We are Stepping Up Climate Ambition” convened by the Climate Action Network, Legarda will be representing the Philippines to discuss climate ambition and deliver strong statements on enhancing ambition and revising NDCs by 2020. She will also represent the global alliance Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF). On May 9, the Technical Expert Meeting – Adaptation (TEM-A) shall take place, which will focus on the topic “Adaptation Planning for Vulnerable Groups, Communities, and Ecosystems.” At the closing of the Presidency Event on the Talanoa Dialogue, both the Fijian and Polish Presidencies will share general reflections about the process and provide next steps leading up to COP24 in Poland. Parties and non-Party stakeholders will also be invited to share their views moving forward. The closing plenaries shall be held on May 10. “The Philippines welcomes the positive spirit of solidarity and cooperation fostered in this climate conference. We hope that our main objective of operationalizing the mechanisms on climate finance, technology transfer, and capacity building for developing nations would be achieved in the coming days,” Herrera concluded. ### [1] Talanoa is a traditional word used in Fiji and across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory, and transparent dialogue.
May 06,2018 Sunday
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Filipino Scientists Among Experts Selected to Author IPCCC Sixth Assessment Report
April 30, 2018. Filipino scientists and members of the Climate Change Commission’s National Panel of Technical Experts (CCC-NPTE) are set to contribute to one of the most important global reports on climate change to be published in 2022.  Dr. Rodel Lasco, Dr. Rosa Perez, and Dr. John Pulhin are among the 721 experts representing 90 countries invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as coordinating lead authors and review editors for its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The IPCC is the foremost intergovernmental body established to assess the science related to climate change. As key input into international climate negotiations, IPCC assessment reports provide governments with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. The conclusions of the AR6 cycle will be available in time for the Paris Agreement’s first Global Stocktake, a periodic review of collective progress towards achieving the agreement’s long-term goal of limiting global temperature rise at 1.5° C above pre-industrial temperature levels—the global warming threshold for vulnerable countries like the Philippines to survive and thrive. CCC Vice Chairperson and Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman lauded the NPTE members for being selected from a total of 2858 nominated experts representing 105 countries. “The designation of our NPTE members as lead IPCC authors will provide the report with a much-needed perspective from vulnerable countries like the Philippines,” De Guzman said. “The IPCC has always hoped that more scientists from developing countries and more women scientists will be nominated and invited as IPCC authors to achieve more diversity," he added. According to the IPCC, 44 percent of the selected authors for AR6 represent developing countries and countries with economies in transition and 33 percent are women. “This is not the first time for Filipino climate experts to lend their expertise to IPCC publications. Our three AR6 authors, together with NPTE members Dr. Felino Lansigan and Ms. Lourdes Tibig, have contributed to the previous IPCC assessment report,” De Guzman shared. Following their selection, AR6 authors are now set to review the existing scientific literature and prepare drafts based on the outlines of the Working Group contributions agreed upon by the IPCC during its 46th session in Montreal in September 2017. The IPCC has three working groups: Working Group I, dealing with the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II, dealing with impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III, dealing with the mitigation of climate change. Lasco will be the coordinating lead author of the Working Group II’s Chapter 2, which will focus on food, fibre, and other ecosystem products. Perez and Pulhin, on the other hand, will be the lead authors of Working Group II’s Chapters 10 (Asia) and 18 (Climate Resilient Development Pathways), respectively.
April 30,2018 Monday
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CCC Urges ASEAN Experts to Bridge the Gap Between Policy and Climate Action
April 28, 2018. Representing the Climate Change Commission (CCC) at the Closing Ceremony of the Second Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Science Diplomats Assembly held at the Ritz Hotel in Davao City yesterday, Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera urged experts to enhance government and public engagement in the context of greater and more ambitious climate action. The Science Diplomats Assembly aims to build collaboration and partnership among ASEAN scientists and engineers to address the impacts and risks of climate change in the region. This year, 19 representatives from seven ASEAN states qualified to participate in the five-day capacity building workshop on communicating scientific or technical information in a variety of public and professional interactions, which includes writing grant proposals, discussing ideas with students, or participating in media interviews and public fora or seminars. In her speech, Herrera congratulated the second batch of ASEAN Science Diplomats[i], who were chosen for their exceptional track record in research for climate change, food security, water sufficiency, and sustainable energy. “As scientists, your work is vital in determining climate change scenarios, but equally critical if used to help our people find ways to adapt to the worst impacts,” she said as she encouraged the delegates to reach out and communicate to their respective government officials and leaders the urgency of climate action. Environmental and Climate Research Institute (ECCRI) Executive Director Glenn Banaguas, Chair of the ASEAN Science Diplomats Assembly, echoed Herrera’s message, reiterating the need for scientists and engineers to communicate scientific data and projections to the masses. Aside from the 19 ASEAN science diplomats, special recognition were given to Marawi State University Prof. Madid A. Sheik, Engr. Abu Ammar Mama Mangoranga, and Prof. Warlito M. Sanguila for their exceptional contribution to the scientific community in Mindanao. Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Planning and Policy Director Reyzaldy Tan reminded all the awardees of the shared responsibility and accountability of the government and the scientific community in safeguarding communities against the impacts of climate change. Tan also commended the project development skills of the awardees for coming up with sound project proposals on food security, water efficiency, and energy efficiency during the assembly’s collaborative proposal grant writing session. “Young scientists are catalysts of technology for a climate–smart ASEAN. We hope to see the results of the project proposals,” he noted. The Second ASEAN Science Diplomats Assembly was organized by the ECCRI, in partnership with MinDA and the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of the Philippines. See https://eccri.ph/ for the full list of the 2018 Outstanding ASEAN Science Diplomats
April 28,2018 Saturday
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CCC Joins Call to End Plastic Pollution, Marks PH First Anniversary of Being Party to the Paris Agreement
April 22, 2018. In celebration of Earth Day 2018 and the first anniversary of the Paris Agreement taking effect in the Philippines, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) joined calls to end plastic pollution. The Philippines became the 138th state party to the Paris Climate Accord on April 22, 2017—thirty days after the Philippine Mission to the United Nations deposited the country’s Instrument of Accession on March 23, 2017. “Joining the global call to end plastic pollution, which is the theme for this year’s Earth Day Celebration, shows our commitment to the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global temperature to 1.5-degrees Celsius,” CCC Vice Chairperson and Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman said. “Plastics do not only affect biodiversity, ecosystem services, food security and human health, they also exacerbate climate change,” he added. According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, the drilling of oil and processing into plastic releases harmful gas emissions into the environment including carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, ozone, benzene, and methane, a greenhouse gas that causes a greater warming effect than carbon dioxide. The US Environment Protection Agency estimates as much as one ounce of carbon dioxide emitted for each ounce of polyethylene (PET) produced. PET is the type of plastic most commonly used for beverage bottles. “Ending plastic pollution is climate action. This is why the Climate Change Commission supports the proposed Plastic Bags Regulation Act, which is currently pending at the Senate,” De Guzman said. The proposed measure, which was filed by Senator Loren Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, aims to strictly regulate the production, importation, sale and use of plastic bags. Under the bill, a point-of-sale store will be prohibited from providing the consumer with plastic bags for the purpose of carrying or transporting items or products purchased. Only plastic bags that are used to contain fresh fish, meat and poultry products, and primary plastic packaging used to pre-pack food items and in the manufacturing of finished products for sale in the general market are excluded from the prohibitions under the bill. “The true test of our country’s commitment to the Paris Agreement will be in the implementation of the necessary measures that will help us achieve the global climate goal,” De Guzman noted. “Enacting the Plastic Bags Regulation Act will be a testament to the Philippines’ resolve to protect the environment while mitigating the effects of climate change,” he added. ###
April 22,2018 Sunday
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