Duration: July 16, 2017 to July 15, 2019 (2 years)
Funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, the project supports the national priorities and builds on existing initiatives towards CCA in the Philippiines, particularly that of the formulation of the LCCAP by the LGUs and the Eco-town Project of the CCC which aims to integrate and mainstream CCA and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in local development plans, programs and activities to promote green growth.
Designed to follow a landscape approach in designing holistic adaptation responses that focus not only on the strategies but also on the process to address the needs and priorities in the proposed study site. Landscape approach is generally described as “(1) addressing social-ecological systems at the landscape scale, (2) related to resource management and/or environmental goals, and (3) framed around the concept of multifunctionality, with the aim of achieving multiple objectives through the approach.” This approach is also characterized by the concepts: multifunctionality, transdisciplinarity, participation, complexity and sustainability. It is based on the premise that this integrative approach maximizes productivity, improves livelihood and reduces negative impacts.
The project site is in the Province of Aurora which faces the Pacific Ocean and has no barriers to shield it from typhoons coming from the east. The province experiences two main wind currents. From November to April, the trade wind generally reaches the province from an easterly direction. The wind then moves in a southwesterly direction for the rest of the year. The average monthly rainfall is 273.9 millimeters. Rainfall is heaviest during the months of January, February, April, October, and November, while August is the driest month. Aurora Province has a total land area of 323,954 hectares, representing about one percent of the country’s total land area. The Province of Aurora being a coastal community, (1) it is perceived to be highly vulnerable to sea-level rise and coastal flooding; and (2) people’s livelihood (farming, fishing and tourism) is highly dependent on natural resources, which are already being adversely affected by climate change, thereby exacerbating the poverty situation in the area.
Dr. Juan M. Pulhin – Overall Team Leader
Rex Victor O. Cruz
Maricel A. Tapia
Wilfredo M. Carandang
Lorena L. Sabino
Catherine C. de Luna