Baguio council okays accord on resiliency program

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Sunday, March 29, 2015


THE Baguio City Council confirmed last Monday the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the city's participation in the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) program.

Signed March 2014 by Mayor Mauricio Domogan for the City Covernment and regional director Victorino Aquitania for the ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia, the MOU facilitates the city’s participation in the ACCCRN program to "build resilience to climate change."

The ACCCRN program funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and partner organizations also seeks to "catalyze attention, funding and action" against the impacts of climate change.

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ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia, an international association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development, will implement the program by providing technical support to participating cities using the ICLEI-ACCCRN Process (IAP), which was based on the Urban Climate Resilience Planning Framework.

As stipulated in the MOU, the city government will secure a formal resolution to join the program and allocate responsibility for the program; dedicate an officer to work directly with e ICLEI Team; form an internal climate resilience cross-sectoral coordination team; and commit to involving external stakeholder groups at relevant points in the program.

The city will also allocate a working space to ensure effective communication with ICLEI, agree on the coordination and communication structure for the execution of the project, cooperate and provide accurate and updated information for the implementation of the project and organize and host workshops and meetings and participate in all project events.

For its part, ICLEI will perform the overall program coordination, management and reporting; provide technical support, advice, training and coaching to the local staff; train the city assigned officer; facilitate collaboration with ACCCRN partners and grantees; help identify and evaluate vulnerability and opportunities in the city that are likely to arise due to climate change; and assist the city to plan a climate resilience strategy and become "investable".

ICLEI will also assist the city with financing and implementation of interventions, provide publications, materials and tools that will be developed in the program, promote city-to-city exchange learning, strengthen networks through national and cities associations and regional networks, development case studies to contribute to ICLEI global case studies liberate and ensure the provision of financial support for the program. (Aileen Refuerzo)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 30, 2015.

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