Nominated by Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez joins the #UrbanOctober Mayors’ Challenge with a site visit of climate-vulnerable communities for local consultations, a practice that can enable local harness local knowledge and include their citizenry in decision making. 

Climate adaptation plans that undergo consultation and engagement with communities, especially those most affected by climate change, have the most promising chances of efficacy and sustainability when those they are meant to support are part of the decision-making process. Ormoc City is currently in partnership with UN-Habitat, LCP, and national government agencies in a project that aims to use urban planning and design to build climate resilience and strengthen the adaptive capacity of the city’s most vulnerable.

A joint campaign by UN-Habitat Philippines and the League of Cities of the Philippines, the Mayors’ Challenge champions mayors as leaders of positive behavior change by tasking them and their staff to feature a particular urban sustainability practice that can meaningfully contribute to sustainable urban development.

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