Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CChAM) Framework Learning Events

ADSS | Climate Change Vulnerability Mapping of SelectedMunicipalities in Laguna, Philippines
By Engr. Vicente G. Ballaran, Jr.

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Province of Laguna in the Philippines, though it has a relatively low exposure to climate change threats, continues to become highly vulnerable because of its low capacity to adapt to typhoons and floods, a recent study shows.

This study, conducted by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), under the auspices of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, started in May 2011 and will be completed in December 2013. It is part of a multi-country project titled “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia” which aims to capacitate three Southeast Asian countries—Cambodia, Philippines, and Vietnam—in research, planning, and action with regard to climate change adaptation. 

One component of the study, led by Engr. Vicente G. Ballaran, Jr., an assistant professor at the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology of UPLB, aims at building local capacity to adapt to climate change, especially in vulnerability assessment and adaptation analysis, as a means to address the issues regarding the negative impacts of extreme climate events.

Twelve municipalities and a total of 274 barangays in the province of Laguna were studied to create vulnerability maps. These municipalities include Bay, Calauan, Liliw, Los Baños, Magdalena, Majayjay, Nagcarlan, Pagsanjan, Pila, Rizal, Sta. Cruz, and Victoria. As an output, Engr. Ballaran and his team were able to produce maps of each community’s relative vulnerability to climate change.

The study looked at three factors: exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity of each municipality under study. The results showed that among the topographic classifications, coastal and lowland areas were the most exposed areas to climatic hazards like typhoons and floods. Likewise, coastal areas were the most vulnerable in terms of sensitivity or the degree to which the community is affected by climate change stressors.

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Parent Category: CChAMSEA