Like many countries in Southeast Asia, the Philippines faces climate change challenges stemming from sea level rise, flooding, and rising temperatures. The importance of building climate resilience is recognized by the government, which established the Climate Resilient Agriculture Office in the Department of Agriculture in 2020. The government is also focused on building climate resilience in the country’s 21 river basins, and on improving water provision to urban areas and developing an equitable rewards scheme for water storage and livelihood improvement in the Manupali watershed.
The CGIAR Initiative on Climate Resilience aligns with the Philippines National Climate Change Action Plan 2011–2028. The Plan prioritizes food security, water sufficiency, ecological and environmental stability, human security, and mainstreaming climate adaptation into all national policies. The Initiative will support implementation of the food security component of the plan by identifying context-specific climate risks to farmers, informing national policymakers of the nexus of climate security and agriculture, and empowering policymakers to plan and implement climate and water risk management interventions, matching global-level data with community-level needs.
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