Mission

Develop national and local climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies for a climate- resilient agriculture, environment, and natural resources sectors

Vision

A world-class research center providing science-based information and knowledge to Filipino people to enhance their adaptive capacity to natural and human- aggravated disasters brought about by climate change

History

The Philippines as an archipelagic country is highly vulnerable to climate change. This will have serious impacts on the four dimensions of food security: food availability, food accessibility, food utilization, and food system stability (FAO, 2008). In response to these emerging environmental problems the UPLB Interdisciplinary Program on Climate Change (UPLB IdPCC) in 2007 was formed through Administrative Order No. 69. In 2013, an Administrative Order No. 140 Series of 2013 mandated the elevation of the UPLB IdPCC committee into a Climate Change and Disaster Risk Studies Center (CCDRS). 

Goals

  1. To contribute to the national and local level efforts to develop and test adaptation and mitigation strategies for climate change and risk reduction
  2. To improve the adaptive capacity of the environment, agriculture, and natural resources sectors and communities
  3. To find solutions to problems brought about by climate change and increasing risks due to natural and human-aggravated natural disasters

Objectives

  • Identify areas and sectors vulnerable to climate risks
  • Develop methodologies for climate risk prediction, assessment, and management
  • Develop decision support systems for policy formulation, governance, and program implementations on climate risk management
  • Generate innovative technologies for the adaptation and mitigation of climate change and natural and human-aggravated hazards
  • Increase adaptive capacity and enhance climate resilience of different vulnerable sectors and areas
  • Mainstream climate change and disaster risk reduction science and management in relevant sectors at all levels
  • Improve the adaptive capacity and climate resilience of local stakeholders 

Program Thrust

  1. Develop vulnerability assessment tools and methodologies for climate risk prediction and management strategies
  2. Generate innovative adaptation and mitigation technologies to improve adaptive capacity and resilience of communities to climate change
  3. Develop and conduct capacity building programs on disaster risk management, and climate change mitigation and adaptation for different stakeholders in the agriculture and natural resources, academe, local government units, and civil societies
  4. Establish a systematic repository of science-based knowledge on climate change as basis for informed decision making
  5. Document indigenous knowledge and good practices on climate change adaptation 

Research, Development and Technical Assistance

  • Providing technical knowledge and assistance to national and local agencies
  • Integrating and systematizing information from different units of UPLB and making these accessible to the public
  • Assisting LGUs and other national agencies through capacity building programs and development of their Local Climate Change Action Plans (LCCAP), Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plans (DRRMP) and Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUP)
  • Assisting the education sector in mainstreaming climate change to its National Service Training Program (NSTP) and other relevant courses
  • Strengthening the participation of various disciplines through research and development programs and policy advocacy
  • Actively participating in the conduct and preparation of a national environmental assessment report

Contact

UPLB-CRSC Secretariat
c/o School of Environmental Science and Management
University of the Philippines Los Baños
Colllege, Laguna 4031, Philippines

Tel nos:+63(49) 536-2836 and +63(49) 536-2251
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