Mindanao stakeholders set to discuss climate change, disaster risk reduction

November 16, 2009 10:20 am 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 16 -– In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), a focused group discussion (FGD) set a meeting in Northern Mindanao to discuss disaster risk reduction (DRR), disaster preparedness and climate change on Wednesday.

The meeting will thoroughly discuss on how to mitigate any disaster and preventive measures on climate change and global warming.

The activity also aims to generate awareness and support of the project stakeholders on the initial framework for mainstreaming (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in Local Development Planning and Decision-Making Processes (LDP DMP).

In this meeting, FGD LDPDMP, DRR/CCA are also eyeing potential partners for continuing research, training on disaster and climate change mainstreaming and other future project activities.

“We are preparing a wider perspective to counter disaster problem and climate change,” said Northern Mindanao National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director Engr. Leon M. Dacanay.

He said the recent calamities in Luzon “gave us some lessons learned”.

The focused group will also launch the project, dubbed as "Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Local Development Planning and Decision- Making Processes".

Expected to participate in the FGD are local chief executives, heads of national government/regional line agencies, non-government/people’s organizations, academe and academic institutions and the private sector, including the religious, cultural and social organizations.

Also included in that meeting is the survey of institutional capacity for disaster risk and climate change, information system and assessment of the functional areas, starting with the current capacity/capability and roles of the stakeholders.

The DRR is conceived as a defense against hazardous impacts on climate change and variability, such as, extended droughts and flash floods, among others.

Included in the survey are the operational issues, particularly, the needed resources, identified gaps, desired expansion services, respective mid-term/long-term plans and programs and cooperation and coordination, as well as, willingness of the stakeholders to collaborate among themselves.

The topics to be discussed are the result of the recent full Cabinet meeting in Loboc, Bohol where President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo presided. (PNA) LDV/MUC/mec

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