Sorsogon City, situated at the southern most tip of Luzon Island in the Philippines embarked on a participatory climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment with support from UN- HABITAT’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative and the UN System-Spanish Government MDG Achievement Fund. The trigger for the Sorsogon City government in considering climate change more comprehensively were the two super typhoons that had hit and devastated the city in 2006. The assessment set out to understand its climate change vulnerability using as framework the city’s exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacities to projected climate change.
Date published: September 21 2010
Publication type: Report (PDF)
UN-HABITAT’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative promotes enhanced climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing country cities. Sorsogon is a pilot city of the Initiative, and this document is an initial output of Sorsogon’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative activities. This summary is based on the report titled “Sorsogon City Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment”.
The Sorsogon City Assessment examines the climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation capacity of a small coastal city in the Philippines – Sorsogon City in the Bicol Region. The assessment uses a participatory Vulnerability and Adaptation process that looks into the city’s exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity vis-à-vis projected climate scenarios, previous climate related disaster events and people’s account of the past events and observations. It examines how the existing institutional framework at national and city level addresses climate change and also identifies gaps in the framework. Measures taken by the city to adapt to and mitigate against climate change are highlighted. In conclusion, the summary recommends actions to be taken to ensure that issues of climate change are adequately addressed and the adverse consequences are minimized.
Date published: September 15 2010
Publication type: Report — Download PDF
The purpose of this study is to identify the general concerns and key roles of urban areas, especially cities, in the Philippines in view of climate change. It aims to present key structural and policy frameworks, including how they evolved, which provided guidance on national and local climate change actions. Further this report aims to present a scanning of key sectoral baselines, issues, and/or concerns as it links to sustainable urban development in the Philippines given climate change. Critical city level partners and available tools to initiate actions and programming are likewise scanned and made part of this scoping study.
This national scoping report however basically infers from the Philippine Initial National Communication on Climate Change (PINCC) which was prepared in 1999. At the time, it was considered the official climate change assessment document pending the release of Second National Communication that was being crafted and developed by the national government. The study however attempts to present new information/data based on studies and reports from various agencies gathered from desk research and focus group discussion.
Date published: September 13 2010
Publication type: Scoping Study — Download PDF (PDF)
This toolkit was developed to be a guide and reference for local governments and other stakeholders for conducting climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessments (V&AA). In conjunction with a climate footprint assessments (or greenhouse gas inventories) V&AA are a critical first step in developing the local climate change profile, which would guide the development of a local climate change response.
This toolkit aims to share the processes and tools that local governments could use in conducting a V&AA. It is based on the experience from Sorsogon City, Philippines where such an assessment was concluded in early 2010. The purpose of featuring the first‐hand experience from a local government is to showcase the doability of the processes and to showcase the tools used. The approach is premised on the understanding that local governments better learn from each other.
Date published: September 2 2010
Publication type: Toolkit — Download PDF