A Literature Synthesis on Socioeconomics of Climate Change in the Philippines

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With the onset of climate change, significant developments and measures were made in addressing the expected impacts and risks related to the phenomenon.

In this line, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) synthesized and analyzed various climate change-related socioeconomic researches in the Philippines for the past two decades (1990-2010). Although focused on the local condition, the analysis, conclusions and identified research gaps are consistent with the situation of other countries in the Southeast Asian Region.

The book discusses the major hazards and risks associated with climate change in the Philippines as well as some mitigation and adaptation options for different sectors. Specifically, it identifies available scientific evidence and the impacts of these hazards on water resources (stress), agricultural productivity and state of forests, marine, and coastal areas. It also covers some historical trends of methodologies used in the economic analysis of climate change impacts that are being used to date.

Majority of the information in the book are referenced from the Regional Review of the Economics of Climate Change by the Asian Development Bank (ADB, 2009) and the unpublished annotated bibliography of socio-economic literature related to climate change by Briones, et al. (2010).

This literature review and synthesis on the "State of the Art on the Socioeconomics of Climate Change in the Philippines: Expert Synthesis and Benchmarking," was funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD). It is intended to guide to policy makers and program implementers in crafting appropriate and cost effective climate change agenda to protect the country from the hazards and effects of this phenomenon.