With the completion of most of the outputs of the Philippines Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) in 2015, the project decided to embark on an ambitious drive to publicize its products to nationwide audiences beginning with a three-day protected areas convention held from November 9 to 11, 2015 in Mandaluyong City.

The convention, the aim of which is to mainstream the knowledge gained from the project’s engagement with two protected areas, was attended by representatives from 80 protected areas, with participants coming from all of the country’s geographic regions.

PhilCCAP is currently present in two protected areas – Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape (PPLS) in Cagayan and Siargao Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (SIPLAS) in Surigao del Norte. The project has recently completed the updating of the management plans and has secured joint management agreements between regional government agencies and the local government units over watershed and marine areas in Peñablanca and Siargao.

The convention forms part of the overall mainstreaming effort that the project is undertaking as it nears its completion in 2017.

The Orient Integrated Development Consultants, Inc. (OIDCI), the project consultant assisting in PhilCCAP’s activities in protected areas, presented the updated management plans of PPLS and SIPLAS. The consultants also shared the monitoring and evaluation system they developed along with the updated plans.

Other PhilCCAP agencies also presented their respective activities, with the National Irrigation Administration exhibiting the retrofitting works done on river irrigation systems in Cagayan and Iloilo and PAGASA reporting on the result of their climate forecast modeling for PhilCCAP sites.

Another consultant, Asian Institute for Developmental Studies, Inc. (AIDSI), shared the contents of the Good Practices Manual it developed for PhilCCAP. The AIDSI presentation explained “a new normal”, a status quo that should set the benchmark for present and future climate change-related efforts.

According to AIDSI, realizing this new situation is the first step towards acting on the issues arising from climate change. The presentation also included recommendations on behavioral change communication vis-à-vis a general campaign promoting climate change adaptation.

After the Protected Areas Convention, PhilCCAP plans to introduce its outputs to other national government agencies and public stakeholders in a grand launching in 2016. #

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