I started my week in an “environmentalist” way. Last Monday, November 28th, I attended the event in which the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Philippines and BPI Foundation, Inc. unveiled the results of the study conducted in 4 cities in the Philippines. The study aims to help these vulnerable cities adapt to climate change by building their infrastructure and coming up with a project pan.
The report entitled “Business Risk Assessment and the Management of Climate Change Impacts” which was started in August 2010 shows the city-specific socio-economic baseline data for four cities: Baguio, Davao, Iloilo and Cebu. It is interesting that these cities, although they are common choices as tourist destinations, face serious issues. The four cities were selected based mainly from the occurrence of storms, floods, drought and other extreme climate events during the past decade.
Although most of the areas in the globe get affected by the climate change – imagine the flooding during La Nina and drought and intense heat during El Nino, there are specific areas or cities which are vulnerable to climate change impacts.
The research used a three vector analysis to gauge the level of vulnerability of each city – climate/environmental exposure, socio-economic sensitivity and adaptive capacity – by using historical data for a 20-year period, from 1990 to 2010 .After the study, each city were given the vulnerability rank (from 1 to 10 – 10 being the most vulnerable), and Baguio is the most vulnerable among the four cities.
Knowing these figures and information can help the cities and local government to plan their strategies. WWF is scheduled to visit the four cities on December 6th to 9th to educate the local government on how to create an adaptive strategy to climate change.
Next year four more cities will be studied by the team. It is nice that there are organizations helping the government to build not just cleaner but smarter planet.
See more of events pictures here.