Representatives from various departments and offices of the Quezon City Government mapped out strategies to strengthen climate change adaptation, mitigation, climate finance and stakeholder engagement during the Climate Action Planning (CAP) workshop organized by the QC Environmental Policy and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group last March 14 at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas.
Funded by the United Kingdom Government’s Global Future Cities Prosperity Fund, the CAP programme is a two-year engagement designed to enhance the city’s climate action plan and deliver action consistent with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement, and address both the need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to the impact of climate change.
Through this partnership, Quezon City joins more than seventy C40 cities around the world who have made a commitment to deliver transformative and inclusive climate actions to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
During the workshop, the participants mapped out the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) associated with Quezon City’s socio-economic and environmental context, climate governance structures, capacity and policies, climate targets, and baseline information. The participants exchanged ideas on how to strengthen climate change adaptation, mitigation, stakeholder engagement and climate financing to achieve bold climate action.
Mr. Marvin Lagonera, C40 City Adviser for Quezon City, explained that the workshop output will provide focused recommendations and an evidence base to guide the delivery of CAP. It will feed into the Strategic CAP Appraisal report, which is a comprehensive technical document defining the climate actions baseline, capacity gaps, and strategic recommendations for the climate action planning process.
The CAP Programme will cover a wide range of technical support including trainings, workshops, peer-to-peer collaboration, stakeholder engagement, planning tools, regional exchanges and others.
Technical partners for the CAP Programme, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability-Southeast Asia Secretariat together with the Manila Observatory, facilitated the conduct of the workshop. They also presented their initial findings and recommendations based on the Strategic Appraisal draft report. As technical partners, ICLEI Southeast Asia and the Manila Observatory will support the delivery of CAP in Quezon City.
During the workshop, social, environmental and economic benefits from climate action, such as health benefits, energy savings and improved air quality, were also discussed. Ms. Milag San Jose-Ballestero, C40 Regional Director for East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, highlighted the importance of an inclusive climate action approach to ensure that vulnerable groups and sectors benefit from climate action and no one gets excluded in the process.
One of the objectives of CAP is to measure the social, environmental and economic benefits expected from implementing the plan, and improve the equitable distribution of these benefits across the city’s population.