Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) met with Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on July 31, 2019 to discuss the design and objectives of the Philippines Eastern Seaboard Coastal Resilience Project (CRP) proposal.
The Office of the Cabinet Secretary is a member of the Green Climate Fund Technical Working Group (GCF-TWG) and is the one that recommends to the Climate Change Commission (CCC), the country’s National Designated Authority (NDA) for GCF, for the issuance of No-Objection Letter (NOL). The NOL is a documentary requirement for endorsement of funding proposal to the GCF Board.
Conceptualized in 2017 and improved through collaborative processes among stakeholders from the government and non-government sectors, CRP aims to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities along the country’s eastern seaboard against the impacts of climate change. Specifically, CRP envisions enhancing the following:
- Knowledge management systems to reduce vulnerability of coastal communities to climate-induced coastal hazards;
- Coastal ecosystems to buffer against extreme weather events and support to climate resilient livelihoods; and
- Capacity for integrating coastal Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) considerations into Comprehensive Land Use Plans.
OIC-Director Lourdes Wagan of the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) explained that the CRP would be implemented in 38 municipalities in eight provinces across Regions 5, 8 and 13. These municipalities were selected based on exposure to typhoons and storm surge, extent and connectivity of coastal ecosystems, and poverty incidence of the population.
Cabinet Secretary Nograles welcomed the proposal and emphasized that the success of this project was vital in determining future access of funds from the GCF. (FASPS/Mary Edestin Henson)