MANILA, PHILIPPINES – A $1.8 million technical assistance (TA) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) will help local government units (LGUs) better manage three critical watersheds in the Philippines, reducing economic losses due to floods and landslides and improving the resilience of communities vulnerable to climate change.
“Integrating climate change concerns into the future development plans of these critical watersheds will help ensure that communities see fewer losses due to climate-related disasters and are better equipped to bounce back from impacts of climate change and variability,” said Ancha Srinivasan, Principal Climate Change Specialist in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department.
The TA will support the implementation of the National Climate Change Action Plan in collaboration with the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines. It will help create roadmaps for green growth and resilience in the Marikina River basin, Camarines Sur, and Davao Oriental by examining economic development; resilience to climate change; biodiversity, ecosystems, and social development; greenhouse gas emissions; and poverty alleviation.
The watersheds were chosen because of their role as water support systems for both upstream and downstream communities, where they are used for domestic water supply, irrigation, and hydropower. Each watershed is highly vulnerable to climate change, has high levels of urban poverty and population density, and has significant potential for demonstrating the benefits of integrating climate resilience and green growth into local development.
The Philippines is ranked highest in the world for its vulnerability to tropical cyclones, and third in the world in terms of exposure to floods and droughts. Although several policy measures have been taken to pursue green growth and promote climate resilience at the national level, many LGUs struggle to integrate climate change concerns into their planning.