ADSS Special Seminar | Insights, Lessons and Challenges from a Transdisciplinal Assessment of Climate Change-Related Vulnerability
By Ms. Ma. Emilinda T. Mendoza
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – “Collaborative work is necessary in vulnerability assessment,” says Assistant Professor Maria Emilinda T. Mendoza of the College of Human Ecology of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).
During the Agriculture and Development Seminar Series (ADSS) of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) held on 27 August 2013, Prof. Mendoza presented the insights, lessons, and challenges in conducting a transdisciplinal assessment of climate change-related vulnerability in selected municipalities in the province of Laguna. Her study is part of a three-year, multi-country project titled “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia” conducted by SEARCA and UPLB and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.
Laguna was chosen as the study site for this project because it is among the top 10 most vulnerable provinces to climate change hazards in the Philippines. Though the provincial government and local government units (LGUs) have made progress in responding to climate change risks through the implementation of disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) programs, the province still experiences huge losses when hazards occur; hence, the need for a more comprehensive and transdisciplinal vulnerability assessment.
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