16 June 2017, Baroro, La Union. On 16 June 2017, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), led by Prof. Dr. Rex Victor Cruz, former Chancellor of UPLB, and Catherine de Luna, UPLB researcher – author and contributor of this piece – organized the PARTICIPATORY SCENARIO DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FOR BARORO WATERSHED as a part of their ongoing efforts to strengthen Community-Based Adaptation Efforts or “Enhancing Climate Change Resilience of Communities and Ecosystems through Participatory Watershed Management”.
“The Philippines’ National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) 2011-2028 has the primary goal of building the adaptive capacity of local communities and increasing the resilience of natural ecosystems to climate change to promote a climate-risk resilient Philippines. This requires anticipating the conditions of a socio-ecological system considering climate change, and maintaining its integrity through adaptation.
The above project is being funded by the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) and implemented by the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UPLB.
Participatory scenario development is a process that involves the participation of stakeholders to explore the future in a creative and policy-relevant way (PROVIA 2013).
Following the completed assessments of the Baroro Watershed, the participatory scenario development workshop looked at the future and determined ways to manage the watershed considering climate change.
Specifically, it was conducted to:
- validate the results of the biophysical, social, institutional and vulnerability assessment performed in Baroro Watershed;
- present future climate change scenarios for Baroro Watershed;
- explore the possible impacts (both negative and positive) of the future climate change scenarios; and
- develop adaptation strategies at the watershed and community levels to reduce risks from potential impacts.”
Author & Contributor: Catherine de Luna, UPLB
Results of the workshop will be published here in an updated article by the first week of September 2017.
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