Experts to address climate change feat, draw action plan for 2013

LAOAG CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) – Experts from the public and private sector are coming together for a planning workshop to look at the previous year’s targets and achievements in the campaign to address climate change.

Representatives from the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau (DOE-REMB) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) will be reviewing last year’s accomplishments as their basis to draw up targets for this year’s action plan.

The group will sit down from January 22 to 25 at the Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel here to look at their programs and chart a new direction.

The DOE-REMB, for example, has been providing support to the CCC since last year in the areas of adaption and mitigation measures including raising public awareness on climate change.

The DOE also found an ally in Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation) or GIZ which primarily works for the public sector in its advocacies.

Director Mario Marasigan said the bureau has been the CCC’s partner in implementing a section of an action plan devoted to renewable energy development.

Part of the four-day workshop is a visit to the first renewable energy showcase in Southeast Asia, the Bangui wind farm in the northern town of Bangui.

Marasigan said the workshop will include an exchange of valuable baseline education among the project partners.

The government meant business when it created the Commission to draw programs and actions plans that would address climate change.

And since its creation by virtue of RA 9729 in 2009, the Commission has made inroads in formulating action plans and strategies in the national and local levels.

The strategies include the National Framework Strategy on Climate Change NFSCC), the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and guidelines for a counterpart Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP).

Under the national action plan, seven priorities were identified to address climate change, namely: food security, water sufficiency, environmental and ecological stability, human security, sustainable energy, climate-smart industries and services and knowledge and capacity development. (ANL/CCA-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte) #


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