Bird eye view on tropical islands and the sea. © GIZ/Raffael Held

Supporting the Philippines to meet climate and biodiversity goals

Transformative Actions for Climate and Ecological Protection and Development (TRANSCEND)

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  • Commissioning Party

    Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

  • Country
  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2023 to 2029

  • Other Stakeholders

    Conservation International Philippines (CI), Rare, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Clean Air Asia, International Council on Clean Transport, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, Climate Analytics, University of the Philippines – Center for Women’s and Gender, Studies, Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH, Foundation for the Philippine Environment

  • Products and expertise

    Climate, environment, management of natural resources


The Philippines faces significant challenges from climate change and biodiversity loss. The country is highly vulnerable to natural disasters such as typhoons, floods, and sea-level rise, which threaten both its rich biodiversity and the livelihoods of its people. In response, the Philippines is committed to addressing these two crises and actively engages in international frameworks like the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity. However, as a country of 7,600 islands, it struggles to align international goals with its national plans for climate and biodiversity.


The Philippines successfully implements its climate change and biodiversity policies, transitioning to a climate resilient, low carbon, and biodiversity friendly society.


The project supports and aligns with national climate and biodiversity agenda plans such as the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the National Adaptation Plan (NAP), and the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan (PBSAP).

On the three main islands of the Philippines, the project brings together expertise from relevant organisations and political partners to tackle the climate change and biodiversity crises. It includes the following components:

  • Biodiversity: The project supports local plans and actions to conserve biodiversity and restore ecosystems and natural carbon sinks.
  • Urban ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA): It integrates EbA into national policies for sub-national ecosystem use and climate governance.
  • Energy efficiency in micro, small, and medium enterprises: The project helps the government build energy-efficient, climate-resilient industries and services.
  • Transport: It assists public transportation stakeholders in adopting low-carbon planning and management.
  • Governance: The project collaborates nationally and locally to enhance climate change and biodiversity processes, incorporating gender-responsive approaches.
  • Interface of the International Climate Initiative (IKI): It makes use of synergies and knowledge transfer between the different actors in the Philippines.

Last update: May 2024

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