climate change

Count it Right, Do Them Right

The Philippines is hit by typhoons at an average of 20 per year. Every time a major typhoon hits, damage cost amounts to millions, sometimes even billions of pesos. Previously this would not even make me think twice, just take in the news and move on. But recently with Typhoon Nona, reports about cost of damage particularly in agriculture made me think twice and ponder, “Are they really assessing the damage right?” 

That was fun!

It’s been a busy year, to say the least. No doubt our training center is not alone in saying this. Perhaps the entire ATI network can honestly say that it has been a year of work, work, work.

Relevance in the midst of all the drudgery – therein lies the challenge.

Sometimes (or too often?) our work becomes too exacting, demanding, or mandatory, that we forget we should look not just on the numbers, but also particularly on the results – what people really need, not just report indicators.

Pondering Pablo, Remembering Reming

It is disturbing to hear about Typhoon Pablo’s aftermaths in Mindanao and the Visayas.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) says there is no “super typhoon” category in the Philippines. However the storm log of the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) which had been monitoring Bopha (Typhoon Pablo’s international name) for over a week recognized it as a super typhoon by December 3rd as it ravaged Davao region.

Climate Change Adaptation Website

´╗┐Late last 2010 until May 2011, I was contracted as Development Communication Specialist for the UN funded project on Enhanced Climate Change Adaptation Capacity of Communities in Contiguous Fragile Ecosystems in the Cordilleras. One of my major outputs then was to put together a compendium of those adaptation options. I assembled those into a web-based knowledgebase and put it as a subsection in the project website we called climate change adaptation learnings in the philippines. Check it out.

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