By Rodel D. Lasco
Senior Scientist, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Scientific Director, The OML Center
6 November 2014, Thursday
Since 2012, ICRAF has been collaborating with the OML Center on climate and disasters risk management in the Philippines. The presentation will show how this partnership was forged, what research activities are being conducted, and what lessons have been learned so far. The main research activities include climate change projections, flood modeling in lowland rice production areas using LiDAR, and assessment of the impacts of Typhoon Haiyan on human and natural systems.
Our project with PAGASA analyzes past trends (e.g., temperature and tropical cyclones) and looks into possible future changes by downscaling climate change projections using different models to help understand uncertainties and identify alternative options for increasing resilience. We have established a Climate Knowledge Portal for the Philippines, which provides access to local practitioners, researchers, and decision-makers on observed climate and future projections.
In addition, the OMLC is spearheading the climate change assessment in the Philippines. This is an IPCC-like report that will provide a comprehensive review and synthesis of local and international assessments on climate science, adaptation, and mitigation in the country.
One of the key benefits of this partnership is that we are able to link with high-level policymakers and tap private-sector financing for research activities.