Germany grants P182.5-M to address climate change in RP


Posted at Feb 15 2009 02:52 PM | Updated as of Feb 15 2009 10:52 PM

Germany has approved a P182.5-million grant to fund a project aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change in the country, Environment Secretary Lito Atienza said Friday.

Funded by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Atienza said the three-year program will provide an information and education campaign to raise people's awareness on the effects of climate change, reforestation, and biodiversity conservation measures, among others.

"Since the Philippines is one of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, the strategies that will be developed under the project are expected to increase the communities' resilience to natural disasters, thus preventing huge loss of lives and properties," Atienza said in a statement released by the DENR.

"The GTZ-funded project can also strengthen the implementation of solid-waste management, where the DENR is the lead agency of the task group," he added.

Atienza said he has already formed a project steering committee and a technical working group to ensure the effective implementation of the program.

A Presidential Task Force on Climate Change (PTFCC) has already been created to strengthen the government's efforts to reduce the impact of climate change in the country. At present, PTFCC is chaired by President Arroyo and is comprised of members of the Cabinet.