DILG spearhead Climate Change Adaptation summit

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), in partnership with local and foreign experts on climate change adaptation, conferred with local official and representatives from concerned sectors nationwide, Tuesday morning to discuss ways and means in mitigation the adverse effect of climate change.

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said some 200 officials from “calamity-prone” local government units (LGUs), and representatives from the academe and other stakeholders took part in the two-day summit on climate change adaptation held at Heritage Hotel in Pasay City.

During the conference, all participants identified, studied and documented existing practice, tools and programs of local and internal institutions on climate change adaptation focused on securing economic development.

Also tackled were topics such as climate change adaptations strategy based on Philippine experience, and effective local economic development strategies for climate change challenges and its economic and fiscal issues.

With the theme “Climate Change Adaptation for Local Economic Development (CCA4LED),” the conference was spearhead by DILG through its Local Government Academy in cooperation with the Local Government Training and Research Institute Network (LOGOTRI) of Asia-Pacific and the Philippines, Asia-Pacific UN partners, Governments of Canada and Spain, ad the local Government Support Program for Local Economic Development (LFSP-LED).

Aside form the sharing of knowledge and practices on climate change resiliency, the participants were also thought on the subject of local economic development principles and process on agriculture, fisheries, tourism, food security, water resources and business development.

According to studies, the Asia Pacific Region, which has 60 percent of the world’s population and economic activities and is largely focused on coastal areas, agriculture and ecotourism, is highly-vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

For its part, the Philippines has been identified as among the global disaster hotspots and even ranks eight among countries most exposed to multiple hazards.

President Benigno Aquino III, who conducted an ocular visit in the rain-soaked and calamity-stricken areas of Albay, Souther Leyte and Agusan del Norte, has recognized climate change as a global environmental problem that should be met with “swift and long term action.” Johnny F. Arasga

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