Sunday, October 27, 2013

‘Mindanao needs more climate-adaptation investments’

Alladin S. Diega in the Business Mirror (Philippines): Funding is urgently needed to finance climate-change adaptation initiatives in Mindanao given the increasing vulnerability of the region to extreme weather disturbances.

“The impact of extreme weather events are particularly severe, especially on the people of Mindanao, a region that is reeling at the same time from conflict and extreme poverty,” Justin Morgan, country director of Oxfam in the Philippines, said during a forum held on Friday. He said Mindanao has recently been experiencing strong typhoons, believed to be directly connected to climate change, putting the livelihood of the people in the province at risk.

“But we are optimistic, and we believe that is possible to build resilience of these communities if the national government is able to scale up support, and other development actors invest more in climate-adaptation and risk-reduction initiatives in Mindanao,” Morgan said.

The forum was attended by local executives from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Central Mindanao, Caraga regions, and international non-governmental organizations and funding agencies.

“Developed countries must abide by their responsibility to provide much-needed climate-adaptation finance to vulnerable developing countries, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change [UNFCCC],” Commissioner Naderev Sano of the Climate Change Commission said in a statement....

Mount Apo in Mindanao, the Philippines, shot by Suntown123, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Subject to disclaimers

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