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Germany renews support for PH climate action

MANILA, Jan. 29 — Initiatives to address climate change in the country will be continuously supported by the German government through extension of its projects implemented through Climate Change Commission (CCC).

Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, NatureConservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB), through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), announced Wednesday in Metro Manila the extension of its project entitled "Support to the Climate Change Commission in the Implementation of the National Climate Change Framework Strategy andNational Climate Change Action Plan" (Support CCC Project).

Another four years of bilateral partnership has been forged in light of the project extension which will be from 2016 to 2019.

Dubbed "Support CCC Phase II Support to the Philippines in Shaping and Implementing the International Climate Change Regime," the extended support will look at scaling up milestones from the project's first phase.

The German government is planning to provide €4.5M to the country for the four-year implementation of Support CCC Phase II.

This grant will be used to fund activities under the project's five components: National Climate Change Policy Implementation within the Framework of the Philippine CC Commitments; Climate-proof Land Use and Development Planning at Local Levels; Climate Finance; RenewableEnergy and Energy Planning as well as Awareness-Raising andKnowledge-Sharing.

GIZ Climate Program Principal Advisor Dr. Bernd Markus-Liss thanked officials of the Commission and DOE for their efforts in Support CCC Project's first phase.

“We are pleased to reiterate there is continued engagement and collaboration to follow up on achievements of the Support CCC Project,” Dr. Markus-Liss said.

CCC Vice-Chairperson Lucille Sering welcomed Germany's confidence in extending the project.

“On behalf of the President, we would like to thank the government of Germany, through GIZ and especially BMU, for the support they’ve given and we hope to have a fruitful partnership in the years to come,” she said.

Launched in 2012, the Support CCC Project focused on fourcomponents: Institutional Strengthening, Capacity Development, Renewable Energies and Awareness-Building and Knowledge Management.

During implementation of its first phase, the project helped the Commission draft Implementing Rules and Regulation of the Climate Change Act last 2012.

An organizational diagnosis for the Commission, initialimplementation of climate adaptation support services and a renewable energy study tour in Germany were also done in the same year.

In 2013, development of a results-based monitoring and evaluation system for the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) was started along with identification of NCCAP anchor programs through the Support CCC Project.

Also supported was the Climate Finance Readiness Roadmap for 2013-2016, which will help direct concerted efforts to access and effectively utilize climate finance and explore opportunities for capacity development.

The project likewise gave significant contributions to setting up of the Commission’s Community of Practice website by providing necessary electronic hardware.

Developed in the third year of partnership was the Commission’s Knowledge Management Strategy, a process where information and lessons from activities are properly harvested, processed and shared for further learning.

The project also helped the Commission in conducting a renewable energy study for Palawan province's San Vicente, one of the eco-town sites of the Commission.

This year, several more activities are targeted during the transition period for Phase II.

Among expected accomplishments for 2015 are the Strategy Paper for Private Sector Engagement, Business Plan for the People’s Survival Fund and the Operations Manual for the Technical Panel of Experts.

This panel serves as advisory body of the Commission. (PNA)

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