Saturday, November 20, 2010

Philippines gets grant from Australia to 'adapt to climate change'

Michaela P. del Callar in via BBC: The Australian government will provide P720 million to the Philippines to help improve the country's capacity to adapt to climate change and bolster its disaster preparedness programmes. In the next three years, the Philippines will receive P360 million or about A$9 million to assess the country's vulnerability to disasters through preventive planning and action.

The Australian government, through the Australian Agency for International Development and Geoscience Australia (AAIDGA), will work closely with the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and technical agencies, such as the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NMRIA), and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) on these projects.

Australia has also committed P260 million or A$6.5 million to help the Philippines generate digital information and maps for Metro Manila through a survey using state-of-the-art Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology…

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