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: March 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
- 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.