Improved ecosystem services and reduced vulnerability to climate change through ecosystem-based management and application of ecosystem values in two river basins in the Philippines
As of: November 2020
River basins not only provide habitats and resources for endangered species but at the same time provide livelihood for people within the basin and beyond. These include different sectors, such as domestic water supply, agriculture, energy, environment and health. The project supports national policies and contributes to improved coordination and integration of sectors through an ecosystem-based approach. Key outputs will be the reduction of hazard prone households, and improved water availability and quality in selected watersheds (Component 1). The project will provide impetus for improving the fragmented water governance regime and aims at using the values of ecosystem services as a basis for the private sector buy-in, to contribute to the financing of conservation and protection measures that help to maintain ecosystem services and protected areas (Components 2 and 3). Component 4 supports knowledge and information management to strengthen the scaling up of such efforts.
State of implementation/results
- In cooperation with the DENR-River Basin Control Office (RBCO), a seminar on ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) was organised from 28 to 29 October 2019. The activity provided DENR staff with an introduction to EbA principles and tools to facilitate the implementation of the project in priority river basins. The event provided an opportunity to meet the DENR offices and staff involved in the implementation. The event was presented on the RBCO website (see link)
- The Get-the-Grade role play was introduced to stakeholders from the river basins. The role play was developed by WWF-US and the University of Maryland. In addition, specific events and problem maps were developed for the Philippines context. The game teaches different contexts, such as the general health of a river basin or the importance of cooperation and joint decision-making. During the 28th National Biodiversity Conservation Symposium of the Philippines, the modified role play was conducted during an event of the project on ecosystem-based adaptation.