About

What is LCCAD?

It is the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development, Inc. (LCCAD, Inc.), a Non-Government Organization run by experienced Community Adaptation Practitioners (CAPs) who conglomerated their efforts, aspirations, enthusiasms and commitment to better serve the different stakeholders of climate change adaptation endeavors as well as disaster risk reduction.

Envisioned as a dedicated Center of Excellence for developing new competencies for integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) for local development, the LCCAD will provide the theoretical moorings for climate adaptive localities. Practical experiences and best practices in DRR and climate change impact management will be shared with local government units, the frontline agencies for climate and disaster risk reduction.

It is primarily tailored to strengthen research, project and program implementation in progressively sustainable forestry, agriculture, fisheries, eco-cultural tourism and the introduction of green technology and products that will put down mankind’s carbon footprints.

The LCCAD is the ‘wheels in motion’ that will turn words into tangible actions for community development in terms of environmental, social, economic, historical, cultural, tourism and other necessary and critical needs for making communities down to its smallest forms resilient and with constantly updated and earnest adaptation protocols.

It supports scientific endeavors in pursuing an inter-disciplinary knowledge and expertise data base system to make a conducive and readily accessible applications to agriculture, environment and natural as well as social sciences.

LCCAD encompasses Disaster Risk Reduction as a basic step towards a clear Climate Change Adaptation development and integration for programs from policy-making stage to immersive implementation into bio-diversity, agriculture, water resources, wetlands, dry and humid lands, marine and coastal resources.

The three-pronged strategies of the LCCAD are DRR and CCA vis-à-vis quality education directed to the private and public partnerships.

It addresses the critical and vital needs of village, towns/cities and provinces for their development linked on social intercourse aided by quality education, employment, health care, poverty eradication and a just and humanely clean and healthy sustainable conducive access for all walks of life.

With Climate Change Adaptation as guiding principle, LCCAD cannot leave Disaster Risk Reduction managers behind as it partners with one of the most vital institution in the hierarchy of government agencies tasked to put Republic Act 10121 to work, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) being the seat of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC).

The LCCAD also liquefies partnerships between the OCD/RDRRMC with state universities in Bicol and other parts of the country, the World Agro-Forestry Centre (WAC), the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the University of the Philippines, the different provinces of Bicol and the United Nations including its other affiliates that are committed towards these common goals.

WHY LCCAD?

From its rich history of coping and recent innovative endeavors in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA), Albay has attained global and national model status for vulnerable LGUs.

Local chief executives throughout the country have confirmed that there is an urgent demand for the sharing of solutions and skills, like policy and program innovations, adopted strategies, demonstrated tools and best practices since their introduction to DRR/CCA at three LGU Summits in the island clusters of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao (LGU Summit+3i) during the past year which was graced by His Excellency, President Benigno S. Aquino III and his Cabinet Secretaries.

Formed primarily by Albay Community Based DRR/CCA local experts and practitioners, the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) Inc., is supported by a multidisciplinary team of international and national experts and consultants.

This non-government, non-profit organization has been established for the purpose of extending combined DRR/CCA capacity assessment and training services to local planning and other concerned offices.

THE ROLES OF LCCAD:

The main objectives of the LCCAD are to heighten the ability of Bicolanos in particular and the Filipinos in general to cope with risks brought about by the fast changing climate patterns. Specifically the LCCAD plays its roles as follows to:

  1. Create strong public & private awareness on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) , Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) issues;
  2. Enhance community of practice (COP);
  3. Interface with private public partnership initiatives (PPPIs);
  4. Provide technical assistance on CCA-DRR for stakeholders;
  5. Provide capacity assessment and development for local government units and stakeholders;
  6. Provide risk assessment, vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities for stakeholders;
  7. Provide genuine information, education and creative communication campaign for stakeholders;
  8. Promote green technology and products for climate change mitigation, adaptation measures and activities;
  9. Create programs and projects for the development of indigenous people and cultural minorities;
  10. Create programs and projects for the development of vulnerable communities; and
  11. Promote an integrated five-fold strategy for livelihood, education, environment, public health, and governance, emphasizing on indigenous, cultural minorities and vulnerable communities since they constitute as the vulnerable sector of the Philippines;
  • To establish pilot plants for experimentation and demonstration of such inter-related & multidisciplinary program;
  • To offer the nation, including members of the civic bodies, the churches, the teachers and students of the universities, colleges, secondary schools, and primary schools and individual opportunity to participate actively in this program; and
  • To mobilize all possible resources, human and material, local, national and               international, public and private, to carry out their community-based adaptation approach (CBAA) programs, thus laying a firm foundation for the building of strong and democratic nations;

OBJECTIVES OF LCCAD:

The LCCAD aims to contribute to the over-all national effort to fast track the development of climate adaptation capacities towards climate-proofing the Philippines’ vulnerable localities and their vulnerable groups/sectors. Specifically, it seeks the development and strengthening of theoretical knowledge and practical skills of major local stakeholders, primarily within the Bicol Region, and secondarily, other vulnerable regions of the country in:

  1. Climate and disaster risk assessment, focusing on characterization and evaluation of climate hazards, vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities;
  2. Disaster/climate risk reduction and management; and
  3. Climate change adaptation /disaster risk management, planning and programming.

The Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) was formed and consists of young, yet dynamic and experienced individual advocates of CCA and DRR who worked behind spearheading National and Local Conferences on Climate Change Adaptation for a period of three years essential to leading or driving element or force in an undertaking for the climate change adaptation plans and programs implementation in the Philippines through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The LCCAD firmly believes that the science of Climate Change Adaptation must be accessible to all sectors from all walks of life, thus, ponders to:

PROMOTE STRONG PUBLIC AWARENESS AND RELATION TO DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR) AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION (CCA).

Provide CCA and DRR programs & projects for multi-stakeholders

  • Develop public awareness and materials on CCA and DRR

Raise awareness on CCA and DRR through tri-media networks

  • Share successful CCA and DRR best practices;
  • Conduct CCA and DRR for public awareness and long-term adaptation.

SUPPORT NATIONAL GOVERNMENT PLANS, PROGRAMS AND DEVELOP TOOLS FOR CCA AND DRR

Research and Development for DRR and CCA

  • Evaluate national adaptation policies and make a policy inventory for effective adaptation measures;
  • Identify and conduct risk assessment, vulnerability assessment, socio-economic impacts of Climate Change (CC);
  • Measuring economic, social and cultural influence in the region and in the country;
  • Conduct research, training and outreach to identify, develop or modify tools and measures for addressing local impacts of climate change.

Support local communities for effective implementation for CCA

  • Conduct capacity assessment and development;
  • Conduct adaptation strategies for Local Government Units and stakeholders;
  • Conduct sectoral vulnerability assessment, socio-economic impacts and Adaptation options, measures and activities;
  • Conduct and provide technical assistance on how to formulate a Contingency Plan cum Recovery Plan; and
  • Provide guidelines and manuals of DRR and CCA.

DISSEMINATE INNOVATION, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

  • Establish and support a Community of Practice (COP) in the climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction management through facilitation of real virtual information exchange and dialogue among climate practitioners and stakeholders;
  • Build and Operate an information delivery system and web portals
  • Issue an online and paper-based adaptation newsletter

PROMOTE LOCAL AND GLOBAL COOPERATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

  • Promote local and global Cooperation on CCA;
  • Establish partnership with government, industry, and other organizations to support the success of its mission; and
  • Establish an international and global network for cooperation and partnership

CLIMATE-RELATED DISASTER PROOFING – Program approach for promoting climate risk adaptation

ICRAF – Integrated Climate Risk Assessment for Small Farmers and Fisher folks.

The most vulnerable groups to climate change encompasses mostly the poorest class who are the most prone to disasters and whose dire economic well being make it harder for them to cope up with devastations to lives and properties.

ICRAF is a multi-stakeholder, participatory, inter-active, inter disciplinary, bottoms-up (community based) approach that aims to increase the adaptive capacity of small farmers and fisher folks to reduce their vulnerability to climate variability and extremes that will eventually lead to long-term climate change. This can be attained through 1) adaptation deficit analysis; 2) planning to build adaptive capacity; and 3) implementation and mainstreaming of climate change adaptation strategies.

THE OFFICE OF CIVIL DEFENSE (OCD), seat of Bicol’s REGIONAL DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT COUNCIL (RDRRMC)

The strategy of the LCCAD will be built upon new dimension and direction of the OCD and its local policies, plans program and projects; through consolidation of multi-sector initiatives, consultations, dialogues, conventions, conferences, summits, seminars and a wide array of for a from inter-agency and multi-stakeholder communication and information, and decision-making.

PROGRAM and PROJECTS

  • Integrated Climate/Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Response in Local Governance
  • Regional Climate & Disaster Risk Adaptation
  • City/Municipal Climate & Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation
  • Barangay Climate and Disaster Reduction and Adaptation
  • Introduction to Climate & Disaster Risk Adaptation
  • Barangay Climate & Disaster Risk Adaptation
  • Barangay Climate Risk Adaptation Assessment
  • Barangay Climate Risk Adaptation and Planning
  • The provinces of Camarines provinces, Masbate, Catanduanes and Sorsogon (CAMCAS)
  • Ten million mangroves planted to various plantations in the coastal areas of the five provinces aside from Albay.
  • Eco-Cultural Tourism (social, economic, ecological, natural, cultural and historical assets)

ACADEMIC PARTNER (preferably a private institution to be identified and enter into MOA asap)

  • To build up database and conduct applied research on climate change impacts, practices and adaptation options in the Bicol Region
  • Enhance Academic Programs on Climate Change Adaptation – to increase awareness of the youth to the dangers of climate change. The LCCAD will collaborate and develop curricular materials that can be integrated into existing academic programs.

NGO PARTNER (to be identified and enter into MOA asap)

  • Identify collaborative areas and explore partnerships and promote more private institutions to support government undertakings towards the five-fold strategy on the science of climate change.
  • A cross-cut for agriculture and forestry adaptation, green energy and green technology development and promotion.
  • Fishery associations to lead adaptation for fisheries sector

STRATEGIC COMPONENTS

Impacts and Adaptation – anthropogenic and environmental adaptation efforts of LCCAD for the benefit of the current generation and its descendants.

Development – programs aimed at improving the social, environmental, economic, and eco-cultural status of the communities involved in the program;

Quality and Outreach – active involvement and genuine participation of the community in the development and implementation of curricula, researches, strategies, technologies, management plans, programs, projects and approaches that promote climate change adaptation; and

Policy and Governance Direction – research and systematic observation, formulation, implementation, reporting and institutionalization of appropriate plans, programs, policies and institutional mechanisms to adapt to climate change, variability and extremes through private and public partnership strategies.

PLANNED ACTIVITIES AND METHODS

Component: QUALITY INSTRUCTION SYSTEM

Short Term Output:

  • Put to work a communication plan that caters to a cross section of audiences including partners, government, private sectors and civil societies;
  • Institutionalize solid foundation knowledge based on DRR/CCA in the region; and
  • Train farmers and fisher folks on adaptation strategies and techniques.

Component: DRR/ADAPTATION/DEVELOPMENT

Short Term Output:

  • Strengthen (local human capital) the institutional capacity of the local government and academe of the different provinces through “Public and Private Partnership” strategies (PPPs);
  • A report/plan on vulnerability assessment of the region;
  • A disaster risk management plan integrating climate and disaster risks
  • Vulnerability maps (disaster prone areas and high-risk population centers.
  • Recommendation for improved building code and regulations, land use zoning, coastal resources management and climate warning systems, etc. (integrated Disaster Safety Nets in Comprehensive Land Use Plans-CLUPs); and
  • DRR/Adaptation deficit analysis report

Component: POLICY/GOVERNANCE DIRECTION

Short Term Output:

  • Social networks, institutions and government arrangements are facilitated to strengthen the social safety nets of the poor people in the response to natural disasters and other climate change impacts/risks;
  • Reports on policy assessment and recommendations; and
  • A database of sectoral policies related to climate change.

LONG TERM PLANS

Component: institutionalization of sustainable financing mechanism for the continuous operation of the LCCAD at different sectors for DRR/CCA

Activities:

  • Establish the sustainable financial mechanism of the LCCAD
  • Conduct resource mobilization/networking with donors and funding agencies; and
  • Formalize/legalize the financial mechanism/directive that will allow the continuity of the LCCAD’s programs

Component: Strengthen Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)/Climate Change Adaptation Advocacy (CCAA) through a strong science-based information and community-based experience

Activities:

  • Establishment of a concrete framework on DRR/CCA especially for the three focus by the LCCAD (Agro forestry, Coastal/Fisheries, and energy);
  • Planning and production of a communication strategy of the LCCAD;
  • Provide a credible and unique case study that can be a basis of development plans in the region that may be replicated in other portions of the country;
  • Provide inputs on disaster risk reduction/climate adaptation to the Medium Term Development Plan (MTPDP);
  • Participate and provide in the succeeding (2nd, 3rd, etc.) Philippine National Communication and National Action Plan on Adaptations (NAPAs); and
  • Coordinate with IACCC, PTFCC, CCCMA and other efforts that address climate change in the Philippines.

The Challenge

For both national and local governments, as well as the civil societies including the LCCAD, the challenge lies in finding innovative ways of providing initial funds and resources for Local Disaster Risk Reduction/ Local Climate Change Adaptation, especially for modeling DRR and CRR in Bicol and replicating them in other provinces and regions of the country.