The Climate Change Adaptation Case Story Book Volume 2 on the Policy-Enabling Environment for Climate Change Adaptation: Some Experiences in Southeast Asia is now available. The publication is jointly published by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation Inc. (OML Center).
One of the nine case studies featured is OML Center’s dialogue with the Climate Change Commission to review the development of climate change adaptation (CCA) policies and legal frameworks in the Philippines. Entitled “From Act to Action: Status and Challenges of Climate Change Adaptation in the Philippines”, the case story highlights that there is no shortage of policies in the country that address climate change but a number of challenges exist in implementing CCA initiatives including difficulties in streamlining top-down policy, lack of institutional influence, complexities in integrating CCA into local contexts, and climate financing.
Given these challenges, one of the recommendations is to enhance the implementation systems of existing and future policies to properly monitor, assess, and evaluate the effectiveness of such policies. The case story also recommends, among others, strengthening the integration of CCA and disaster risk reduction into development planning so it is no longer seen as an added cost or imposition, but rather a natural component of the development process.