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Climate-Risk Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA) to support regional targeting and planning for the Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA)

Supporting the agri-fishery sector in the Philippines

Date: 04/2016 to 12/2016
Location: Philippines

Climate risks pose a major threat to sustaining the productivity of the agri-fisheries sector in the Philippines. To address this challenge, the Department of Agriculture (DA) launched the Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) to plan and implement strategies to help agri-fishery communities manage climate risks ‒ from extreme weather events to long-term climatic shifts.

A key step in the targeting and planning for CRVA communities would be to assess climate-risk vulnerability at the proposed AMIA sites. This would ensure that AMIA investments are cost-effectively channeled to support its overall goals and outcomes. This also addresses the inherent spatial and temporal variabilities within and across sites.

Through the AMIA Component 1 project in 2015‒2016, the DA has undertaken vulnerability assessment focusing on key hotspots for risks and hazards in the country. Although this is a useful starting point for vulnerability assessment – representing exposure to climate risks – a combined analysis for sensitivity and adaptive capacity would result in a more comprehensive Climate-Risk Vulnerability Assessment.

A full CRVA is essential to enable AMIA to achieve higher-resolution and longer-term geographic targeting. This is because exposure (to hazard) is only one dimension of climate-risk vulnerability, while “suitability analysis” is only one step in the overall CRVA methodology.

The objectives of this project are

  • To assess exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity of the agri-fisheries sector to climate risks in the AMIA target regions.
  • To identify and prioritize region-specific climate risks that threaten the resilience of agri-fishery communities.
  • To plan and design climate-risk responsive research and development interventions to build resilience among agri-fishery communities.

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