ICLEI SEAS, EVI team up to develop PH Climate Change Mitigation Framework Strategy
Selected national government agencies and development partners convened for a one-day kick-off meeting and workshop regarding the development of the Philippines’ National Climate Change Mitigation Framework Strategy (NCCMFS).’

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability-Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) and the Emergent Ventures International Pte. Ltd. (EVI) facilitated the conduct of two consultation workshops for the development of the Philippines' National Climate Change Mitigation Framework Strategy (NCCMFS). The first workshop was held last September 2 while the second was conducted last November 29.

The proposed NCCMFS is the result of long national processes to develop a comprehensive set of mitigation strategies to face climate change impacts and to transition toward a competitive, sustainable, and cleaner development path. Under the proposed NCCMFS, six sectors are covered including agriculture, waste, industry, transportation, forestry, and energy sectors collectively known as AWIT-FE.

The NCCMFS aims to provide a clear direction or strategy for the development, implementation and management of climate change mitigation actions in the country in an efficient, cost-effective and consistent manner. In addition, the NCCMFS would provide quantified national and sectoral visions on climate change mitigation with long-term goals as well as a clear set of strategic directions including measurable outcome, targeted output, and timeframe.

Both workshops were conducted to level-off expectations with stakeholders which included relevant national governments and development partners regarding the overarching mitigation framework. The first workshop, which also served as a kick-off meeting focused on three sectors including industry, forestry, and waste. On the other hand, energy, transport, and agriculture sectors were covered during the second workshop.

Apart from the CCC, the following NGAs participated in the consultation: Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Transportation (DOTr), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), Forest Management Bureau (FMB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), National Electrification Administration (NEA), National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

Selected development partners also attended the first workshop including the Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability (B-LEADERS) Project, and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat).

During both events, Ms. Sandee Recabar of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) emphasized the need to develop a coherent framework strategy that will provide direction to the implementation of mitigation activities in the country. She also noted that there are already a number of mitigation studies in the Philippines and that the NCCMFS will serve as an umbrella document for all these completed studies.

Mr. Marvin Lagonera, ICLEI SEAS Project Officer, presented the NCCMFS initial outcome document. This included, among others, an environmental scoping of national and sectoral policies, plans, and programs; formulation and assessment of guiding principles and principal criteria; and results of visioning and strategy-setting activity leading to the formulation of national and sector-specific vision statements, mitigation goals, and objectives.

Participants' inputs were solicited with particular emphasis on the framework's guiding principles and criteria for development. During the sectoral consultation, participants were divided into break-out groups which looked at national and sectoral visions, strategies and goals, as well as screening and review of mitigation options.

The contract for the development of the NCCMFS and Mitigation Goal was awarded to EVI by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines last April 2016 as part of the Low Emission Capacity Building Philippines (LECB PHL) project, implemented by the CCC. EVI partnered with ICLEI SEAS for this undertaking. EVI is a leading consultancy firm in the area of climate change, renewable energy, waste management and sustainability headquartered in India.

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