From the Desk of Bjoern Surborg
Principal Advisor, GIZ Philippines
BMUB-IKI Interface Project - Support to the Philippines in Shaping and Implementing the International Climate Regime
Dear Colleagues, Friends and Newsletter Readers,
As the year draws to an end, it is my great pleasure to send out the fourth newsletter of 2017 for the International Climate Initiative (IKI) in the Philippines. The year 2017 has been challenging and rewarding at the same time and brought a number of changes to IKI in the Philippines and around the world. As usual the newsletter contains two parts. First we highlight a number of developments regarding climate change and the protection of biodiversity, in the Philippines. Second, projects report on their activities and highlight their achievements.
For the Philippines the year brought good news. In April, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) announced that the Philippines will remain a focus country of IKI and pledged an additional 30 to 35 million Euro in bilateral funding. Throughout the year, the Philippine Government, under the leadership of the Climate Change Commission in cooperation with a range of other government agencies, decided on a number of priorities for this funding pledge in a series of participatory workshops and is now in consultation for a new call for an integrated IKI programme with the BMUB.
Asides from the preparation of a new programme, the wide range of IKI projects in the country have been very active throughout the year and the articles in this newsletter as well as previous editions are testimony to the substantial engagement of the government, development partners, civil society, academia and the private sector. The range of projects, initiatives and ideas also highlights how broadly climate change affects societies at all levels.
On the international stage, two events warrant some highlighting here: First the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS-COP12) was held in Manila in October. The Philippines tabled a number of initiatives and were awarded for their efforts in protecting migratory species. You can read more about the event in the newsletter.
Second, under the presidency of Fiji, the 23rd Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (CoP 23) was held in November in Bonn, Germany. It was a working CoP and parties had to work hard to turn the Paris Agreement into a workable programme of action that can be implemented around the world.
Finally, please allow me a personal note. It has been almost exactly nine months now that I have worked in the Philippines as Principal Adviser of the Support CCC II project, which also acts as an interface to all IKI projects in the Philippines. It has been an incredible rewarding experience for me and I have learned a lot about the country and its ways to address climate change. The cooperation and hospitality has been extremely positive and I would like to thank all our partners for making this arrival smooth and a very positive experience.
With these words I hope, you enjoy reading the newsletter and wish you Happy Holidays!