Pasig City – A national stakeholders consultation on The Philippines Eastern Seaboard Coastal Resilience Project (CRP) proposal for funding by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) was held on June 11, 2019. It was a collaborative activity among prospective project implementers, stakeholders, and other development partners that was aimed at finalizing the funding proposal and feasibility study of the Coastal Resilience Project for submission to the Climate Change Commission and to the Green Climate Fund, respectively.
CRP seeks to enhance the climate resilience of coastal communities, which are the most vulnerable to climate change, along the eastern seaboard of the Philippines using an ecosystem-based approach to adaptation.
At present, the health of the Philippine coastal ecosystems is rapidly deteriorating, mostly because of climate change. Furthermore, the coastal communities are not well-equipped to adapt to climate risks. The project proposal is born out of the desire to remedy this state by strengthening the coastal communities’ climate change resiliency, thereby reducing risk of damaged properties, loss of lives, and affected livelihoods.
The project is planned to be implemented in 38 prospective sites along the eastern corridor of the country. These were determined and prioritized based on the presence of coastal ecosystems, exposure to tropical cyclones and storm surge, and poverty incidence of communities or settlements.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA); the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLRUB), the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) are going to be the partners of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in implementing the project.
The six-year project will cost USD 37.88 million, 68% of which will come from the Green Climate Fund. The rest will be provided through co-financing. (FASPS/ Sheela Legaspi)