Preparing water services for climate risks: experience from the Philippines

Thursday, November 16, 2017
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A live webinar of the event will be available here. This event is part of the monthly USAID Adaptation Community Meetings. For more information and to stay up-to-date on similar events, sign up to receive event updates.

Situated in the world’s most cyclone-prone region, the Philippines is particularly vulnerable to climate risks and related extremes, having endured increasingly unpredictable rains, intensifying cycles of flood and drought, and strengthening storms forming in the Pacific. These changing weather patterns have not only derailed livelihoods and agricultural productivity in rural areas, they have also exacerbated poor water and sanitation conditions in cities, where 45 percent of the population lives.

To address these risks and improve cities’ resilience and water security, USAID funded the Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) project, which partnered with the national government, regional governments and local governments in six regions of the Philippines from 2013 to 2017.

At the November 16th meeting, Be Secure Chief of Party Mona Grieser and AECOM environment and infrastructure specialist Paul Violette will share the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating climate resilience into water resources and supply planning and development. They will also discuss how the project responded to the devastation following Typhoon Haiyan and pivoted to incorporate stronger disaster risk reduction measures in the project’s water security work.