San Vicente, Palawan: The rise of the ecotown

MANILA, Philippines – San Vicente town in Palawan is ready to be an ecotown – a locality that is resilient to the impacts of climate change and is well prepared for disaster. (READ: 5 steps to disaster-ready, climate-resilient communities)

An untapped paradise for beach bums, San Vicente boasts 22 islands and islets with fine white sand beaches, azure-blue waters, abundant rainforest, and exotic biodiversity. It’s population of more than 30,000 make a living mostly from fishing and agriculture.

It is not spared, however, from the ravages of climate change and global warming.

At the Greeneration Summit organized by the Climate Change Commission on Monday, November 25, San Vicente officials and CCC presented the two phases of assessments they conducted in the last two years – the first crucial steps to its transformation as an ecotown.

The assessments, which cost P2.5 million to conduct, produced data that can now help San Vicente identify which climate change adapation projects they should prioritize – from building more weather stations to launching a public health campaign.

To achieve this, the CCC and San Vicente LGU worked with international organization Global Green Growth Institute which provided technical expertise and funding.

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