Meeting of minds on climate change adaptation - SEARCA, UPLB and LIMASMARINA River Basin Council
LIMASMARINA River Basin Council Officers and Members with the Project Team during the consultation and project information dissemination meeting
STA. CRUZ, Philippines — The SEARCA-UPLB Project Team of the IDRC-funded project titled "Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia: Philippine Component" conducted a consultation and project information dissemination meeting with the LIMASMARINA River Basin Council, Inc. (LIMASMARINA) at Max's Restaurant, Sun Star Mall, Sta. Cruz, Laguna on 17 October 2013. LIMASMARINA is composed of the municipalities of Liliw, Majayjay, Sta. Cruz, Magdalena, Rizal, and Nagcarlan. In the meeting, the results of the project were presented and strategies on how to obtain funding support for the climate change adaptation proposals prepared during the training-workshop on "Adaptation Project Proposal Development and Fund Mobilization" held on 25 to 28 June 2013 at Richmonde Hotel were discussed.
Officers and members of the council, the majority coming from the local government units of member municipalities, led by its President Mr. Edgardo Reyes, attended the meeting. Likewise in attendance were point persons from the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), the Secretariat of LIMASMARINA, led by Ms. Marilyn Apacionado, LLDA's Community Development Officer for Laguna. Mr. Valentin Guidote, Jr., a dedicated and active stakeholder throughout the conduct of the project, as the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Officer (PDRRMO), also participated in the meeting.
Project team handing over the map compilation to Mr. Guidote of the PPDRM OfficeThe Project Team, composed of Project Leader Prof. Maria Emilinda Mendoza; Component Leader for GIS and Mapping Engr. Vicente Ballaran, Jr.; and Component Leader for Economic Analysis Ms. Jaimie Kim Bayani Arias, handed out the compilation of GIS maps to the municipalities. This compilation contains the following: the map of the project site, vulnerability maps for exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity maps, overall vulnerability maps as well as vulnerability maps for the agriculture sector. These maps would serve as useful reference in the development of appropriate climate change adaptation strategies for the communities. (Pamela Joana C. Rocamora)