Philippines: Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watersheds
The TA seeks to demonstrate climate resilient green growth options in critical watersheds in the lower Marikina river basin, Camarines Sur and Davao Oriental and strengthen the capacity of local government units (LGUs) to mainstream climate change concerns into development planning. Priority is given to watersheds because of their role as water support system' for both upstream and downstream communities such as domestic water consumers, irrigation water users, and hydropower companies. The watersheds are chosen based on their (i) high bio-physical vulnerability to climate change; (ii) high levels of urban poverty and population density with settlements in vulnerable locations; and (iii) high demonstration potential for mainstreaming climate resilience and green growth in local development at both policy and operational levels.
Southeast Asia Department
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- Technical Assistance
- Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
|Project Name||Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watersheds|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production - Forestry - Irrigation - Land-based natural resources management
Energy / Energy efficiency and conservation - Energy sector development and institutional reform
Information and communication technology / ICT industries and ICT-enabled services
Transport / Road transport (non-urban) - Water transport (non-urban)
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
The TA seeks to demonstrate climate resilient green growth options in critical watersheds in the lower Marikina river basin, Camarines Sur and Davao Oriental and strengthen the capacity of local government units (LGUs) to mainstream climate change concerns into development planning. Priority is given to watersheds because of their role as water support system' for both upstream and downstream communities such as domestic water consumers, irrigation water users, and hydropower companies. The watersheds are chosen based on their (i) high bio-physical vulnerability to climate change; (ii) high levels of urban poverty and population density with settlements in vulnerable locations; and (iii) high demonstration potential for mainstreaming climate resilience and green growth in local development at both policy and operational levels. The TA will create a green growth road map for three critical watersheds by considering five dimensions (i) economic development; (ii) resilience to climate change; (iii) biodiversity, ecosystems and social development; (iv) GHG emissions; and (v) poverty alleviation and deliver the following four outputs.
Output 1: Collection of baseline information, and assessment of vulnerability to climate change. It involves stocktaking and vision setting for each watershed based on socio-economic profiling in consultations with stakeholders, including vulnerable communities, women and the private sector. It includes (i) baseline data collection through review of development plans and survey of local institutions, governments, and businesses; (ii) assessment of vulnerability to current and future impacts of climate change; (iii) economic valuation of natural resources and ecosystem services; and, (iv) preparation of GHG inventory following the global protocol for community-scale GHG emissions. Scenario setting will involve projection of future trends in usage of the natural resources and associated impacts.
Output 2: Identification, analysis, and prioritization of gender-responsive and locally appropriate adaptation and mitigation measures. An inventory of climate change actions with the most significant impact across the five dimensions relevant to green growth will be prepared. Based on feedback from stakeholders including vulnerable communities, women and the private sector on the feasibility of implementing such actions, a short list will be prepared and a cost-benefit analysis will be used to assess potential outcomes of proposed measures. Such efforts will lead to effective integration of climate change into comprehensive development plans, investment plans and disaster risk reduction and management plans of the participating LGUs.
Output 3: Selection of pilot demonstration areas and implementation of gender-equitable measures. Based on specific criteria, sites will be chosen to implement priority adaptation and GHG mitigation measures such as promoting renewable energy, forest rehabilitation and reforestation, community-based DRRM, and other measures focusing on sustainable management of natural resources. The primary focus of the TA will be on non-structural measures, which will not only enhance resilience of communities to climate change but also improve economic well-being. Community-based measures that improve resilience of women, children, and marginalized groups will be prioritized.
Output 4: Development of knowledge products and strengthening of stakeholder capacity. It involves (i) disseminating the TA findings to national and local governments, private sector and civil society through workshops, seminars and knowledge products; (ii) documenting the process for future reference of stakeholders in demonstrating successful climate actions in other areas; (iii) preparing local climate change action plans and guidelines for effective integration of climate concerns in development plans; and (iv) strengthening the capacity of key stakeholders including women in vulnerability assessment, economic analyses, and piloting of climate change actions. Such actions will strengthen capacity of LGUs and national agencies to implement climate actions beyond the TA period.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The Philippines is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The country is ranked highest in the world in terms of vulnerability to tropical cyclones and third in terms of the population's exposure to floods and droughts. Enhancing the climate resilience of the economy and the adaptive capacity of the populations is thus crucial for sustainable development. Climate change-induced economic losses are particularly high in urban and peri-urban areas largely because of the increasing fragility of urban ecosystems and the low adaptive capacity of communities. The need to develop ecologically stable and economically resilient urban areas has been recognized by many stakeholders but the concept has not been widely demonstrated.
To address climate change, the government enacted the Climate Change Act of 2009 (Republic Act 9729), which established the CCC as the government's sole policy-making body tasked with coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating programs and action plans related to climate change. The Climate Change Act provided the principles guiding the formulation of National Climate Change Action Plan 2011 2028 (NCCAP), which aims at gender-responsive and rights-based sustainable development through seven strategic priorities, namely: food security, water sufficiency, ecosystem and environmental stability, human security, climate-smart industries and services, sustainable energy, and capacity development.
Pursuing green growth and climate resilience strategies at LGU level can address both causes and consequences of climate change. Further, carbon intensity and resource efficiency are increasingly significant in determining economic competitiveness of LGUs. The capacity of LGUs to mainstream climate change concerns into development planning is limited however.
The TA fully supports the implementation of NCCAP and the Climate Change Act, which aims at mainstreaming climate change and disaster risk reduction and management into national, sector and local development plans and programs. It has strong links to the Philippines Development Plan 2011-2016 , especially with regard to goal 3 (enhanced resilience of natural systems and improved adaptive capacities of communities to cope with environmental hazards including climate-related risks) of the strategic framework for conservation, protection, and rehabilitation of the environment and natural resources. The TA has robust linkage to the ADB Country Partnership Strategy 2011-2016 and its thematic paper on climate change and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM), which recognizes the need to increase the resilience to climate change and natural disasters while harnessing opportunities for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation. In addition to contributing to the objective of strengthening the institutional capacity, the TA closely aligns with ADB's Strategy 2020, Southeast Asia Department's climate change implementation plan, ADB's Water for All policy, ADB's Water Operational Plan 2011-2020, and various sector assessments, strategies, and road maps in terms of increasing resilience to climate stresses (agriculture and natural resources sector), promoting use of renewable energy (energy sector), and enhancing water sanitation through effective waste management (urban development sector).
The TA builds on vulnerability assessment methodologies developed under ADB-funded regional TA on adaptation and DRRM projects undertaken in Manila and other areas. It will promote synergies with ADB lending programs such as the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management project and benefit from other climate change projects funded by the German Agency for International Cooperation, the Global Green Growth Institute, the Australian Agency for International Development, the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Program in terms of exchange of relevant datasets and information on good practices for green growth and climate resilience.
|Impact||Enhanced climate resilience and green growth in critical watersheds|
|Description of Outcome||Improved ability of LGUs and other stakeholders to mainstream climate resilient and green growth options into development programs, plans and policies|
|Progress Toward Outcome||The TA has completed its implementation. Increased capacity of LGU staff to integrate climate change concerns into local development planning has become evident. All participating LGUs prepared local climate change action plans and integrated them into comprehensive development plans or comprehensive land use plans.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
GHG inventory and assessment of vulnerabilities to climate change at LGU level
Gender-responsive priority measures for adaptation and GHG mitigation for each LGU
Selection of pilot areas and demonstration of priority climate change actions
Climate change knowledge products to enhance technical capacity
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Consulting firm was mobilized on 5 May 2014. Inception workshop was held in July 2014. Baseline information for 9 LGUs was collected. Sub watershed maps for the three project sites were created and database generated. Information brochures in English and Tagalog were prepared for the 9 LGUs. Project website at www.ecotowninwatersheds.wordpress.com was updated with 2 News articles and photos.
GHG inventory and vulnerability assessment in priority sectors was completed in September 2015. Priority climate actions were identified by December 2015. Climate change action plans for all 9 LGUs were prepared as of March 2016. LGUs submitted the prioritized climate actions. Pilot activities were completed. 14 knowledge products were prepared. Financial closure is expected by 31 March 2018.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||
A series of meetings took place from October 2012 to May 2013 between CCC and ADB to clarify the outputs and outcomes of the proposed TA. Consultations with stakeholders, including representatives from priority watersheds, were held during this period. ADB circulated a draft TA concept paper for comment by government agencies and other stakeholders. Following a fact-finding mission, and reflecting the feedback from the Department of Finance and the National Economic Development Authority, a memorandum of understanding was signed with the vice-chair of CCC on 5 July 2013, agreeing to the core elements of the TA (impact, outcome, outputs, cost, financing, implementation arrangements, and the consultant terms of reference).
Additional consultations on the design and terms of reference of consultants were held from September to December 2013. No objection letter from the Department of Finance for the TA was received in early February 2014.
|During Project Implementation||Consulting firm was mobilized in May 2014. Consultations with a wide range of stakeholder groups were held at national and LGU level in conducting vulnerability assessment and in preparing the greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Several LGU representatives participated in training activities and workshops. The representatives of LGUs visited Japan to learn more about ecotowns and to discuss potential collaboration with Ecotowns in Kitakyushu and Kawasaki cities. LGU stakeholders discussed local climate change action plans, and identified priority mitigation and adaptation activities. The TA was completed as of 31 July 2017.|
|Consulting Services||The TA will be implemented over 30 months from 1 October 2013 to 31 March 2016. and will require an estimated 14 person-months of international and 200 person-months of national consultant inputs, to be engaged through a consulting firm in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).|
|Procurement||Procurement and disbursement will be done in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (April 2010, as amended from time to time) and ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (May 2010, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Ancha, Srinivasan|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||01 Mar 2013|
|Approval||25 Oct 2013|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||25 Mar 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|25 Oct 2013||23 Jan 2014||23 Jan 2014||15 Jul 2016||31 Jul 2017||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||1,750,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,750,000.00||18 Nov 2021||1,630,561.51|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watersheds: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Jul 2018|
|Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watersheds||Technical Assistance Reports||Oct 2013|
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