Achieving Coastal Resilience Through Local Knowledge-Based Adaptation Planning: A Pilot Project in Guimaras Province, Philippines

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Coastal communities are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change on the ocean, including depleted marine ecosystems, sea-level rise, and coastal hazards such as storm surges. These climate changerelated impacts have been experienced by Guimaras, a small island province located in Western Visayas, Philippines. IGES and PEMSEA Resource Facility (PRF) launched a pilot project that aims to facilitate the formulation and implementation of appropriate and timely Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures, in coordination with Guimaras Local Government Units.

We organised a stakeholder workshop where we piloted the development of pathways which facilitated the convergence of knowledge of local stakeholders in the identification of concrete adaptation strategies at the municipal level. The discussion was successfully carried out despite the hybrid arrangement and the key success factor is the active engagement of the stakeholders, especially the local government officials representing different sectors. The facilitation, interaction and sharing have enabled a deeper understanding of the risks associated with climate change and the need to identify appropriate and risk-specific adaptation options.