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: June 2021
River basins offer habitats for endangered species while also offering a means of subsistence for people in the catchment area and beyond. Apart from a local supply of water, relevant economic sectors include agriculture, energy, healthcare and the environment. The project uses ecosystem-based approaches to support national strategies while helping to improve their coordination and integration. This reduces the number of at-risk households while also improving the availability and quality of water in selected river basin areas. The project provides innovative ideas for improving the fragmented water governance system while designing attractive ecosystem service segments for private enterprise. The earnings thereby raised are used to finance management and conservation programmes. Insights into climate insurance products are adapted to local requirements, and understood by regulators and the public alike as a complementary strategy for handling climate and residual risks.
State of implementation/results
- The 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 (E2RB) project contributed to the 7th Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum.
- The German Embassy in the Philippines presented the E2RB project during a World Wetlands Day event on February 2, 2021. Social media highlighted the bilateral cooperation on protecting wetland ecosystems to ensure clean and safe water.
- The E2RB project contributed to online events and activities to promote nature-based solutions for coastal zones. This included:
- The project presented nature-based solutions in coastal zones in the online seminar series Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the Infrastructure Sector organized by the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
- During the National Climate Change Consciousness Week the E2RB project was presented in the online seminar "Building Resilient Rivers and Communities" as one of the DENR-River Basin Control Office (RBCO) initiatives to improve river basin management.