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EVI, ICLEI SEAS team up to develop Philippines Climate Change Mitigation Framework Strategy

Emergent Ventures International Pte. Ltd. (EVI) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability-Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) facilitated two consultation workshops for the development of the Philippines' National Climate Change Mitigation Framework Strategy (NCCMFS). The first workshop was held last September 2 while the second was conducted last November 29. EVI in consortium with ICLEI is rendered consulting services for Development of Climate Change Mitigation Framework Strategy and Mitigation goal to UNDP.

The Philippines is considered one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change, ranking third globally (SNC, 2014). Among the initiatives to combat the impacts of climate change, the Government of the Philippines (GPH) proposes to develop a National Climate Change Mitigation Framework Strategy (NCCMFS), comprising of national and sectoral visions and goals of the government defining mitigation strategies, which would lead the country toward a low carbon development path. The proposed NCCMFS shall cover six key sectors namely Agriculture, Waste, Industry, Transport, Forestry and Energy (AWIT-FE). The consortium conducted consultation workshops to level-off expectations with stakeholders which included relevant national governments and development partners regarding the overarching mitigation framework. The first workshop, which also served as a kick-off meeting focused on three sectors including industry, forestry, and waste. On the other hand, energy, transport, and agriculture sectors were covered during the second workshop.

Apart from the Climate Change Commission (CCC), the following agencies participated in the consultation: Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Transportation (DOTr), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), Forest Management Bureau (FMB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), National Electrification Administration (NEA), National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA). Selected development partners also attended the first workshop including the Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), GIZ, USAID through the Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability (B-LEADERS) Project, and UN Habitat.

The contract for the twelve month long project was awarded to EVI by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines in April 2016, as part of the Low Emission Capacity Building Philippines (LECB PHL) project. EVI partnered with ICLEI SEAS for this undertaking. EVI is a leading consultancy firm in the area of climate change, renewable energy, waste management and sustainability headquartered in India.