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  • Jun 04, 2018

CIF, ADB and the Philippines Host Adaptation and Resilience Event in Manila

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From May 21 - 24, CIF, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines and the Asian Development Bank co-hosted 28 countries with CIF support for climate resilience and adaptation projects. The PPCR Pilot Countries Meeting is a forum for peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing among technical experts, policymakers, and civil society leaders from around the world.

These gatherings provide a unique convening space to support those on the front lines of climate change identify solutions and strategies for climate action in countries that are part of CIF’s $1.2 billion PPCR portfolio.

“[The PPCR Pilot Countries Meeting] is very important for getting information on what is happening at the global level,” said participant Medhin Fissha Mekonnen from Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance.

The Philippines knows only too well the impact of climate change. The archipelago nation experiences an average of 20 typhoons each year, which have only grown stronger and more devastating. Since 1990, 565 natural disasters have claimed the lives of nearly 70,000 Filipinos and sapped an estimated $23 billion from the economy. At least 60 percent of the country’s total land area and 74 percent of the population are exposed to climate-related hazards.

“While Typhoon Haiyan was unprecedented in size, it was far from an isolated incident, but rather a sign of the ‘new normal’,” said Mafalda Duarte, head of CIF. “The threat of extreme weather, sea level rise, desertification and drought threatens millions of people.”

Over the course of two and a half days, the discussions centered on four themes: linking climate science to climate policy and practice, building climate resilience with people and communities, financing climate resilience, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning for building climate resilience.