The Junior Research Scientists group of Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute (ECCRI) was awarded as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) of the Philippines early this year at the Malacanang Palace.
Its project entry, “Impact and Risk Analyses of Long-Term Climate Variability on Food and Environmental Security in Tarlac Province,” was suported by the OML Center Grants.
|About the Project
The research project contributes to improving community adaptation schemes by characterizing, assessing and predicting the future of food resources through Participatory Action Research in Tarlac, which is a “hotspot” that experiences biophysical and socio-economic tensions as a result of change. The actual experiences are validated using scientific global climate models (GCM) in order to improve the stakeholders’ learning. The period of 1900-2009 is used for the assessment both for the impacts and risks of the natural and anthropogenic disasters and a 60-year projection is performed for planning and policy-making. Focusing on adaptation options and strategies for enhancing agricultural resilience at the local level contributes to capacity building and local empowerment. The installation of ultrasonic flood detector systems as early warning mechanisms reduces the exposure to flooding. The integration of natural, social and economic studies identify a range of options for management and policy reform. These alternatives are delivered as briefing materials to managers and decision-makers in agricultural communities and society at large in Tarlac. The strong partnership with the LGU and other stakeholders (community of farmers, POs, NGOs) provide a strong scientific and political support for the development of effective science-based governance approaches. This study delivers a comprehensive set of options to reduce agricultural vulnerability and position vulnerable communities for an improved future.