Sunday, August 23, 2009

Australia supports climate change adaptation in the Philippines

ReliefWeb, with a press release from the Australian government: The Australian Government will provide approximately Php123 million for three new projects that will further strengthen the Philippines' capacity to adapt to effects of climate change and reduce the risks of natural disasters, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Rod Smith announced today.

"Australia supports the Philippine Government's efforts in disaster risk reduction. While disasters cannot be avoided, we can significantly reduce the exposure and vulnerability of our people by increasing their knowledge and understanding of natural hazards," Ambassador Smith said.

The projects were launched during an Asia Pacific Policy Forum on Climate Change Adaptation hosted by the Australian Embassy. Participants included Presidential Advisor on Climate Change Heherson Alvarez, Senator Loren Legarda, and senior representatives from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), UN Development Programme (UNDP), Oxfam, the National Disaster Coordinating Council, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, World Bank, Makati Business Club and academia.

The APPF aims to facilitate a policy dialogue that strengthens partnerships between Australia and the Philippines. This is the 13th APPF hosted by the embassy. Eminent Australian climatologist from Victoria University, Dr Roger Jones addressed the forum which discussed financing for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, and Land Use Change and Climate Change Adaptation...

I just can't resist a retro image like this poster created during the Second World War (1943), according to the Declaration of the United Nations of 1942.

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