Enhancing usable climate information services for better climate change adaptation, mitigation and risk management
Title: Towards South-South Collaboration on Climate Information Services: Building a Knowledge Exchange and Learning Platform for the Philippines and the Climate Vulnerable Forum (South-South CIS)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI)
Lead executing agency: Climate Change Commission (CCC)
Overall term: 2019 to 2024
Climate Information Services (CIS) are vital in making informed decisions in planning and implementing adaptation and mitigation measures and is a critical component of building climate-resilient communities and ecosystems.
Consultations among the most affected Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) member-countries have acknowledged the global demand for CIS and the need for a South-South knowledge sharing platform. The Philippines has made considerable progress in producing CIS products ranging from downscaled global climate scenarios to information about local impacts and vulnerability to climate change. However, CIS still vary substantially depending on user needs and the fields of application, which results in a demand for a broad spectrum of knowledge products.
The project South South CIS will build on the considerable progress of developing countries in addressing various aspects of the climate policy challenge and the highly innovative and successful responses to climate change. The knowledge platform, led and managed by the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines will improve the collaboration of CIS providers and users, it will create a venue for developing high quality and accessible CIS to allow stakeholders make better-informed decisions, action plans and targeted climate policies.
Participating partners are aware of the climate mitigation co-benefits. The Philippine’s climate information services have been improved and made more accessible and usable to better cope with increasing climate variability.
The project contributes to increasing the adaptive capacity of the Philippines and other vulnerable countries to develop and implement adaptation strategies through the provision of systematic climate information services and management of climate risks through the following actions: producing usable climate information; enhancing tripartite capacities; generating usable science and evidence-based knowledge products; and creating a CVF South-South Center of Excellence, all of which will contribute to creating resilient and adaptive communities.