Saturday, July 3, 2010

World Bank approves $4.9-million grant for climate change adaptation project

Edu H. Lopez in the Manila Bulletin (Philippines): The World Bank has approved a $4.97 million grant for a pilot project called the climate change adaptation project (CCAP) designed to enable targeted rural communities to cope with the impact of climate change. The project aims to develop and demonstrate cost-effective adaptation strategies in agriculture and natural resources management and strengthen the country’s institutional framework for climate change adaptation.

World Bank Country Director Bert Hofman said the project will enhance rural communities capacity to adapt to climate change by improving farm management capability under conditions of climate risk, enhancing access to information on weather forecasting and climate patterns, and improving access to risk management options such as weather index insurance. “The primary beneficiaries of this grant include poor farmers who often suffer climate-related losses, and other vulnerable groups that depend on natural resources for their livelihoods,”said Hofman.

The Climate Change Adaptation Project has several components, including the following:
Supporting integration of climate change adaptation (CCA) into the agriculture and natural resources sectors, and strengthening the capabilities of relevant government agencies including the Climate Change Commission, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Department of Agriculture in addressing climate change;

Developing and demonstrating climate change adaptation strategies in the agriculture and natural resources sectors through measures including climate proofing irrigation infrastructure, enhancing delivery and effectiveness of extension services for farm-level climate risk management, pilot-testing the feasibility of weather index-based crop insurance, and strengthening climate change resilience through improved management of protected areas….

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