Backed by its experience in implementing coastal projects focusing on protecting biodiversity, Conservation International (CI) has decided to work with partners in the Philippines on implementing across demonstration pilot sites, and on promoting at national level, adaptation solutions based both on "green" and "grey" infrastructure to strengthen the resilience of coastal communities on the Philippines islands.
These demo projects are implemented across several sites within the municipality of Concepción (Province of Iloilo). This municipality has been severely weakened by the impact of Typhoon Yolanda, and its population has heightened awareness in terms of protecting the environment. Several mangrove swamp rehabilitation projects have been implemented at Concepción, and the natural conditions of the municipal coastline lend themselves to the implementation of green/grey infrastructure projects. The municipality of Concepción is very dynamic, benefiting from strong community support which guarantees the success of this type of project.
The project is comprised of four components :
- Definition and implementation of green-grey infrastructure demo projects across several coastal sites in the municipality of Concepción.
- Implementation of a development programme of alternative and sustainable means of subsistence for communities based on the demo projects in order to ensure the long-term viability of the project, communities and biodiversity.
- Support for the development of institutional and political mechanisms that promote and support approaches based on ecosystems and green-grey infrastructure at local, national and global level, by strengthening capacities and providing direct support for devising management plans and implementing policies.
- Project management, coordination, monitoring and assessment.
- Destined to contribute directly to the socio-economic development of local communities in the Philippines by strengthening their resilience to the impact of climate change (such as the damage caused by storms and floods) as well as their exposure to the impact of extreme events such as typhoons.
- A key element of the project resides in protecting and restoring coastal ecosystems of global importance. The marine ecosystems of the Philippines have been identified as marine biodiversity centres.
- To constitute one of the very first examples, in a developing country, of combining so-called "green" approaches (such as the protection and restoring of ecosystems) with so-called "grey" classic engineering approaches.
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