A Resource Book on Comprehensive Land Use Plan Preparation, with Emphasis on CCA and DRRM

first featured at ATI Interactive

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) continuously come up with reference materials on climate change. Among these is a Comprehensive Land Use Plan Preparation (CLUP) Resource Book on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Management.

With the continuing impact of extreme weather events attributed to global climate change, it highlights the critical role of land use planning to address climate change mitigation and adaptation measures by local communities, especially in developing countries. It highlights the topics on: Climate Processes and Impacts Theoretical Frameworks for Risk Management; Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Entry Points; Sector Impact Chain Analyses and Decision Trees; and CCA and DRRM Interfaces among the Local Plans.

The book cites the Philippines` National Framework Strategy on Climate Change (NFSCC). Specifically, the integration of climate change and disaster risk reduction into local land use and development plans, based on ridge-to-reef framework, is considered a major pillar of the country`s adaptation plan.

It also gives reference to the 2010 World Development Report (WDR 2010) stating that climate change will affect numerous sectors and productive environments, including agriculture, forestry, energy and coastal zones, in developed countries. Thus the most vulnerable hit is the Philippines due to greater exposure to climate shocks and in part because of their low adaptive capacity.

Appropriate land use and land development are among the most effective ways to implement CCA and DRRM, and to harmonize these with sustainable development goals. The Philippine Climate Change Act of 2010, Section 4 of RA 9729, states that Local Government Units (LGUs) shall be the frontline agencies for the formulation, planning and implementation of climate change action plans in their respective areas. This is consistent with the provisions of the Local Government Code, the Framework and the National Climate Change Action Plan.

The CCC is an agency under the Office of the President of the Philippines. It is an independent and autonomous agency and is the lead policy-making body tasked to coordinate, monitor and evaluate the programs and action plans of the government relating to climate change. It has formulated the National Strategic Framework on Climate Change (NSFCC) and the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP).

With the technical assistance from GIZ and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic Germany and both the Policy Development Group and regional planning officers of Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) , the CLUP Resource Book was made possible and published in October 2013. It is now available at the Institute`s Agriculture and Fisheries Knowledge Center (AFKC) Diliman, Quezon City.