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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Climate Change Service (DENR-CCS),  in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation Inc. (OML Center), conducted a workshop on the “Study on the Implications of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C to the DENR’s Plans and Programs” last July 30, 2019.

Director Elenida Basug of the DENR Climate Change Service, in her welcome address said, “For us in government, a key intervention to respond to the IPCC Special Report may be to examine our units of work measurement for our key programs at the central, regional and provincial levels to see concrete ways we can make them climate-responsive. In doing so, implementation of our policies, programs and projects may be able to cope up with the increasing challenge and imperatives of the IPCC Special Report”.

The workshop, which was held at the Forest Management Bureau-DENR Conference Room, brought together the Planning Officers and Climate Change focal persons of the different bureaus and offices of the DENR. Representatives from Department of Agriculture and PAGASA-Department of Science and Technology also attended the workshop.

Led by Dr. Rodel Lasco, executive director of the OML Center, as the project leader, the project aims to develop short- and long-term recommendations for DENR’s policy and program agenda, particularly in the context of the findings of the aforecited IPCC Special Report and other relevant studies. 

The workshop was a whole-day event covering presentations on Latest Climate Projections given by Rosalina de Guzman of PAGASA, Climate and Ecosystems in the Philippines by Dr. Rex Cruz, and Philippine Agriculture Under a Warmer Climate: Challenges by Dr. Victoria Espaldon, both from UP Los Baños. This was followed by sharing of key programs and policies of the Department of Agriculture and the DENR.

The Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate hazards. Climate change is expected to further exacerbate the situation as temperature rises and rainfall pattern shifts. The IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C warns that without aggressive mitigation action, more severe impacts are expected.

Other participants included delegates from DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau,  Mines and Geosciences Bureau,  Forest Management Bureau,  Biodiversity Management Bureau,  Land Management Bureau,  Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau,  National Mapping and Resource Information Authority,  Laguna Lake Development Authority,  National Water Resources Board,  River Basin Control Office,  Manila Bay Coordinating Office,  Policy and Planning Service  Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service. Participants from the following also attended: Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Systems-Wide Climate Change Office, Planning and Monitoring Service, United Nations Development Programme, and the Oscar M. Lopez Center.