Local climate change action planning is a process in which national and local governments engage stakeholders, to identify risks and vulnerabilities, develop a long-term strategy to reduce risk and future losses.
In Section 14. Local Climate Change Action Plan of the Climate Change Act, the LGUs are identified as the frontline agencies in the formulation, planning and implementation of climate change action plans in their respective areas, consistent with the provisions of the Local Government Code (LGC), the National Framework Strategy on Climate Change (NFSCC), and the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP). Through the formulation of the LCCAP, there has been a significant rise and improvement in the awareness and knowledge of LGUs regarding climate change issues which allowed mainstreaming of climate change into government formulation of programs and projects, plans and strategies, and policies.
Despite this, many LGUs submit LCCAPs which are incomplete in form, content, and process. To address this, the CCC, together with DILG-LGA, is working on the development of the LCCAP Quality Assurance Review Toolkit. The purpose of the Review Toolkit is to offer the LGUs a more comprehensive feedback on the quality of the LCCAP plan in a narrative format. The audience for the Review Toolkit is not only the plan developer or planner, but also elected officials, local departments and agencies, and others involved in implementing the LCCAP.
The Review is also an opportunity to provide feedback and information to the LGU on 1) suggested improvements to the LCCAP; 2) specific sections in the Plan where the LGU has gone above and beyond minimum requirements; 3) recommendations for plan implementation; and 4) ongoing partnerships and information on other Climate Change Adaptation-Disaster Risk Reduction (CCA-DRR) programs.