- Country: Philippines
- Geographic Coverage: National, Provincial, Municipal
- Lead Local Agencies:
- Climate Change Commission (CCC)
- National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)
- Ecotown: Phases 1 and 2
- Mainstreaming Green Growth in Development Planning in the Philippines
- Operationalizing the People’s Survival Fund
GGGI has been working with the Philippines since 2012, to promote green growth in support of the archipelago nation’s development goals to attain high, sustained economic growth; provide equal access to development opportunities across geographic areas and income and social spectrum; and formulate effective social safety nets for vulnerable groups. The Philippines, as a lower middle income country with relatively strong institutions, has demonstrated economic resilience within the region.
The Philippines’ strong growth in recent decades has not been without incident. Sustained forest loss in the Philippines is causing severe soil erosion, and is threatening the country’s rich biodiversity. Coastal zone development has been particularly damaging to the Philippines’ marine environment, and has exacerbated the impact of climate change related weather. Growing populations have increased the need for construction materials and living space. Already, nearly half of the Philippines’ population lives in urban areas where pollution, waste and water management challenges take a considerable toll. It is estimated the urban air pollution alone costs the Philippines USD 1.5 billion annually in health care costs.
In partnership with the government’s Climate Change Commission (CCC), GGGI has been supporting the Ecotown project and its activities to incorporate green growth action plans into municipalities and provinces located within and around high-risk biodiversity areas. The first phase of the project was completed in first quarter of 2014 and was designed to demonstrate how at-risk municipalities can become ecologically stable and economically resilient to climate change. The project’s ongoing work aim to scale-up project activities at the provincial level.
Brochure: Demonstration of the Eco-town Framework
Brochure: Climate Resilient Green Growth Planning
Watch One Lighthouse for a Thousand Islands
Watch GGGI Philippines Country Representative Hyo Youl Kim speak about GGGI’s work in the country.