DENR coastal management program receives support from Germany

THE German government is supporting a Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) program that will make coastal management more prominent in the development plans of local government units (LGUs), the DENR said.

The DENR and the German government expect the focus on coastal management to better protect 70% of the population from storm surges, floods and other deadly impacts of climate change.

“Having an integrated coastal management plan means that coastal communities can effectively protect, maintain and maintain their coastal resources,” says Rhodora May Sumaray-Raras, policy advisor for the German Ministry of Environment’s Coastal Protection Project in the Visayas. Western countries, as implemented by the German development cooperation company Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and its partners, writing in an email Sunday.

Ms. Sumaray-Raras added that the program hopes to expand the use of scientific methods in the development of environmental risk assessments, coastal zoning and spatial planning, and economic valuation of natural resources.

The storm surge accompanying Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in November 2013 killed an estimated 6,000 people in the city of Tacloban, leaving 4.1 million people homeless and 1,800 missing.

The German government has also partnered with the province of Bohol, the Bohol Island Development Foundation and the Zoological Society of London to provide training on mangrove rehabilitation, management of marine protected areas, establishment of mangrove nurseries. , law enforcement and awareness campaigns to protect coastal resources.

Coastal resources such as mangroves, beach forests and coral reefs are natural buffer systems that protect people from typhoons, storm surges and other coastal hazards.

“Integrated coastal management is one of the priorities of the region within the framework of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) working group on the coastal and marine environment … a said Executive Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim.

In a mobile message on Sunday, Nazrin D. Castro, Project Manager Climate Reality Philippines, said: Threaten the lives and economic lifeline of most of our coastal communities.

She said the national government should “provide LGUs with the necessary technical and financial assistance to develop local climate change action plans, comprehensive land use plans, comprehensive development plans and development plans. ‘annual investments’ based on science and taking into account the risks.

The deputy executive director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, Kairos T. dela Cruz, in an email interview on Sunday, is also important “to look beyond episodic events such as typhoons and airwaves. storm and focus on long-term planning opportunities around slow-onset events. (SOE) such as sea level rise, sea temperature rise and acidification.

Mr Dela Cruz said SOEs were small and progressive, but were “even more dangerous than episodic extremes, enough to make communities livable and bankrupt provincial regional economies.”

He added that since there are no “death tolls or dramas on television”, state-owned enterprises are often overlooked by the government and there is no budget for such events. even if they can irreparably damage vulnerable communities in the long run. – Bianca Angelica D. Añago

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