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A “one-stop-shop” information portal for the efficient implementation of climate change mitigation activities in key sectors of agriculture, waste, industry, transport, forestry, and energy has been launched by the Climate Change Commission (CCC).

In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the CCC launched the National Integrated Climate Change Database and Information Exchange System (NICCDIES) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Support Project for the Philippines (NSPP), as it recognizes the importance of access to climate change data in multi-sectoral development planning.

NICCDIES is designed to be a game-changing element in the collaboration process, it added.

It is intended to consolidate climate change data both from the public and private sectors and other stakeholders, allowing for decision-makers to access, distribute and exchange these data for use in policymaking, development planning, investment decision making.

The portal is the fruition of the Low Emission Capacity Building Philippine Project’s accomplishments concentrating on three components which are capacity building for the public sector, enhanced support programme with the private sector and development of the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Action Plan.

“Thanks to LECB, we are better-equipped and share a collective resolve in pursuing a low-carbon and climate-resilient development pathway. Moving forward, we can mobilize finance and find innovative solutions for the benefit of our nation and future generations,” said CCC Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman.

“The challenge at hand is to transform the NDCs into tangible actions that would lead to long-term, zero-carbon and climate-resilient development—a development that responds to the needs of working-class families and places them at the heart of the government’s climate agenda,” he explained.

De Guzman said the NSPP will help the Philippines its contributions to the Paris Agreement.

“This new work stream shall support the government in achieving the transformation and change we seek,” he said.

“Keeping the global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius seems difficult but the consequences of not doing it is devastating. The Philippines may not be a major contributor but if you pool in the emissions from countries with smaller contributions it can make a fundamental difference in lowering the carbon debt and greenhouse emissions globally, especially if we have the private sector on board in achieving the NDC,” UNDP Country Director Titon Mitra said.

Based on the UNDP global NDC Support Programme framework, the NSPP will also advance gender-responsive NDCs by strengthening and supporting leading roles of women in climate action.

Source: Manila Bulletin | 16 June 2018

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