Albay chosen as model to pioneer climate change study

November 25, 2009 12:56 pm 

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 25 — For pioneering climate change adaptation initiatives, Albay have been recently chosen by an international research group as a model for the study of the impact and the perceived defense against the threat of the global warming phenomenon.

The Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) has chosen Albay for initiating projects on climate change simulation research and study, which it will conduct jointly with the College of Forestry and Natural Resources of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños.

Professor Juan Pulhin of the Department of Social Forestry and Forest Governance of UP College of Forestry and Natural Resources broke the news in a recent letter to Salceda, saying the study, "Capacity Development on Integration of Science and Local Knowledge for Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerability Assessments", has been approved by APN and will start December this year, when UPLB Foundation and APN have signed agreement.

Pulhin said the study lasts for a year and will be undertaken in partnership with Professor Richard Warrick of the University of the Sunshine Coast of Australia who have designed the climate simulation model or “SimCLIM” and will customize it for Albay for use in impacts and vulnerability assessments and in adaptation planning.

Pulhin, a Nobel Peace Laureate in the field of climate change, said they are happy “for this partnership since it is the first time that we will have the opportunity to use SimCLIM systems in the Philippines to determine future climate changes.”

Pulhin said climate change adaptation was a campaign initiated by Gov. Salceda, which started when he hosted the 1st National Conference on Climate Change Adaptation in 2008 in Legazpi City, followed by the 2nd National Conference on Climate Change Adaptation or NCCCA+2 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila recently.

Salceda’s initiative had put the name of Albay among those at the forefront of the campaign in the region to adapt to the effects of sudden changes in the climate as manifested by the increasing frequency and strength in weather disturbances that visit the country, which include among others, adopting policies for resiliency.

The effort brought Salceda and his province awards and citations apart from invitations as participant and resource speaker in international gatherings. (PNA)

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