Becoming Climate Resilient Communities

Quezon City.  As Dr. Luz Taposok, ATI Director said in her video message during the opening program that climate change is already an acknowledged phenomenon in the country, that’s why different agencies have its strategies and interventions in mainstreaming climate change.
On the part of ATI’s interventions, the conduct of support activities to bring about climate resilient agriculture (CRA) livelihoods and communities is on the mileage.  It will go beyond technical and production functions to include the whole social environment to ensure that the agricultural communities become climate resilient.  

As a groundwork, the ATI-RTC 02 focal person on climate change joined the planning workshop on targeting climate resilient agriculture livelihoods and communities.  The workshop aimed to enhance knowledge and skills of the participants on vulnerability assessment, participatory rural appraisal and multi-hazard mapping.   Outputs were characterization of data for the baseline profiling, established criteria in the selection of beneficiaries and communities and monitoring tools and format for the progress report. 

The topics discussed were focused on the overview of the community-based adaptation process, understanding vulnerabilities and participatory vulnerability assessment (PVA), participatory rural appraisal, sharing on the HILING project and the use of the DA’s national color coded maps.

The workshop was in preparation to the provision of climate resilient livelihood projects to 85 beneficiaries for region 02.   It was encouraged that beneficiaries should come from a specific community to have impact on building community resiliency. 

The workshop was conducted at the Rural Development and Education Center in the City last March 6-8, 2017 with climate change focal persons from ATI centers and DA-RFOs as participants.