Thursday, January 24, 2013

Davao City in the Philippines is pilot for UN climate adaptation

Antonio L. Colina IV in the Sun Star (Philippines): Davao City is among four cities in the Philippines chosen by the United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-Habitat) as a pilot area for a study on climate change adaptations.

Roberto Alabado III, City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) acting chief, speaking in Wednesday's Club 888 Forum at Marco Polo Hotel Davao, said the UN-Habitat cited Davao City as being receptive to the projects of UN and its being active in developing a disaster risk reduction program. Other cities shortlisted in the program are Butuan City, Iloilo City and Cagayan de Oro City.

The UN-Habitat will provide the technical assistance on how the local officials will go about with the implementations of plans and projects related to climate change, considering the development of each city. "... The World Food Programme will be the one to finance the study....," he said.

The study will most likely assess each pioneering city's adaptation capacity and exposure and sensitivity to climate change in order to assess its vulnerability to climate change. He added that a technical working group from UN-Habitat in Manila came to visit Davao City on January 7 to 10 for a four-day workshop on vulnerability, assessment, and adaptability on climate change with officials from the local government of Butuan City....

A village near Magsaysay Park in Davao City, shot by Pascal De Backer, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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