It has been a few weeks since the IPCC released “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”, the Working Group II (WG2) contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). “This report is a dire warning about the consequences of inaction,” said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC. As local actors in the Philippines–from national and local government agencies to private sector and civil society–review and analyze the rich data contained in the report, the OML Center has put together links and resources that may be helpful to researchers and communicators.
Primer on the IPCC AR6 WG2 Contribution (Download PDF)
This primer explains what makes the AR6 WG2 different from the AR6 Working Group 1 released in 2021 and from the AR6 Working Group 3 set for release in April 2022. The primer also gives an overview of the report’s significance to the Philippines.
Highlights: IPCC AR6 WG2 and Its Relevance to the Philippines (Download PDF)
This document highlights the new insights found in the AR6 WG2 report, including on food, water, cities and settlements, migration, and health. The document also summarizes why the report underscores the increased urgency to take action and its assessment of ongoing adaptation policies and processes.
In addition, the OML Center put together a table that shows some of the climate impacts and projected risks specific to the Philippines, as well as the relevant adaptation measures identified in the report.
Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (Go to IPCC Website)
The full IPCC AR6 WG2 Report, including information on its development and authors, are available on the IPCC website. Aside from the Full Report, the dedicated page on the IPCC AR6 WG2 includes the Summary for Policymakers, Headline Statements, Technical Summary, Frequently Asked Questions, Fact sheets, Global to Regional Atlas, and links to the recordings of the press conference presentation.
A few days after the release of the IPCC AR6 WG2, the Filipino authors involved in the development of the Report held the Stakeholders’ Briefing: Latest IPCC Report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. The briefing was meant to provide an overview of the key findings and the authors’ initial insights on the findings’ possible implications for the Philippines. Materials related to that virtual briefing remain available.
Recording of the Stakeholders’ Briefing: Latest IPCC Report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (Go to UPLB-ITC FB Page)
The briefing was made possible by the collaboration of the Manila Observatory (MO), National Resilience Council, Oscar M. Lopez Center and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management (INREM). The recording of the live stream remains available on the UPLB-ITC Facebook Page.
Key Takeaways and Authors’ Quotes (Download PDF)
This document highlights the key takeaways from the IPCC AR6 WG2 report and shares some quick insights from the Filipino IPCC WG2 authors Dr. Rodel D. Lasco (OML Center), Dr. Juan M. Pulhin (UPLB-INREM) and Dr. Rosa T. Perez (MO).
Questions from the Briefing (Pending)
The organizers of the virtual briefing will be releasing an information packet documenting the questions received during the event and the responses from the Filipino IPCC authors and resource persons.
About the IPCC Authors
Dr. Rodel D. Lasco is the coordinating lead author of the report’s Chapter 5 on food, fiber, and other ecosystem products, and a drafting author of the Summary for Policy Makers. He has over 40 years of experience in natural resources and environmental research, conservation, education and development
at the national and international level. His work has focused on issues related to natural resources conservation, climate change and land degradation. He is an author of several reports of the IPCC, the 2007 co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Lasco is the Executive Director of the Oscar M. Lopez Center, a private foundation whose mission is to promote action research on climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction. He is also a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in the Philippines.
Dr. Juan M. Pulhin is lead author of the report’s Chapter 10 on Asia. He is also professor and chair of UPLB-INREM. He is full Professor and former Dean of the UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources. He also holds the highest rank of UP Scientist III since 2011 in recognition of his scholarly outputs and international scientific standing. He has been serving as chair of the UPLB INREM since 2013.
Dr. Pulhin was a four-time Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo and a Visiting Scholar at the Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. He is also a member of the prestigious National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Philippines where he currently serves as the Co-chair of the Climate Change Task Force. He is also a former member of the National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) of the Climate Change Commission.
Dr. Rosa T. Perez is the lead author of the report’s Chapter 18 on climate resilient development pathways. She is a senior research fellow of the Manila Observatory. She is an independent consultant affiliated with MO and with the NRC. Her recent projects and publications include the “Changing Philippine Climate: Impacts on Agriculture and Natural Resources” and Philippine Climate Change Assessments (WG2: Impacts and Vulnerability). She is also involved in the Coastal Cities at Risk Project of Ateneo de Manila University, NRC and MO.
Dr. Perez retired from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in 2007 as the Weather Services Chief of the Flood Forecasting Division. Her areas of specialization include hydro-meteorology; climate and disaster risk assessment; and climate change adaptation policies.
About the Virtual Briefing Organizers
The Manila Observatory is a Jesuit scientific research institution with research work in the fields of atmospheric and earth science in the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region. It advocates a science-based approach to sustainable development and poverty reduction.
The National Resilience Council is a science and technology-based public-private partnership that supports government, communities, the academe, and the private sector in advancing the intersecting goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement, the New Urban Agenda, and the UNDRR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign.
The Oscar M. Lopez Center is a non-profit organization borne out of a private sector initiative to enhance support for research towards climate resilience. It is principled on the role science must play in building resilient communities through actionable knowledge.
UPLB’s INREM Center is envisioned to become a world class Center of Excellence in natural resource management and environmental protection through research and development, and public service.