ICLEI joins Climate Change Commission’s CORE Convergence Forum

ICLEI SEAS joined representatives from national government agencies, nongovernment organizations, local governments and other development partners during the Climate Change Commission’s (CCC) Communities for Resilience (CORE) Convergence Forum for the Tagum-Libuganon River Basin held last March 10 to 11 at the Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City.

Representing ICLEI SEAS was Mr. Ranell Martin Dedicatoria, Program Manager who served as one of the resource persons during the forum. He discussed on the topic “Enhancing Rural-Urban Linkages: Making Cities Resilie nt.” He explained that local governments (LGs) play an important role in facilitating urban-rural linkages because of their decision-making capability on infrastructure as well as mandates on natural resource management and other important areas including solid waste management. He also highlighted that local climate change action planning should be seen as an opportunity for LGs to work together primarily because of the transboundary impacts of climate hazards including flooding, drought, and extreme weather events.

The CORE Convergence Forum aims to promote and facilitate a risk and science-based approach to local development planning. The said initiative is one component of the National Convergence Program on Managing Climate and Disaster Risks for a More Resilient and Sustainable Philippines, a CCC flagship program that facilitates integration of efforts of all sectors and stakeholders to build resilience in local communities. This is also in line with how the country will realize the post-2015 international frameworks including: Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Paris Climate Change Agreement. This forum is the first of many to be organized by CCC within 2016 with a target of reaching out to 18 major river basins in the country.

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