Partnerships for Disaster and Climate Resilience: Prepare, Adapt and Transform

The proliferation of public and private sector initiatives and activities – shows that there is increased attention being given to building disaster and climate resilience in the Philippines. The private sector, in particular, has become increasingly involved in initiatives to make businesses more...

Manila Observatory: Frontline View of Climate Change, and the Poverty-Risk Connection

From their vantage point at Manila Observatory, scientists have monitored changes in temperature and rainfall that have altered life in the Philippines. But they also have watched changes due to human actions—land-use, building, and development decisions that have made people more vulnerable to...

Communicating Climate Change to Flood-Prone Communities

In August 2012, Metro Manila and its environs experienced the effect of an enhanced Southwest monsoon season (locally  known as habagat) which brought continuous heavy rains over a few days. Many called the disaster a “disaster with no name” as there was no associated tropical cyclone activity that was responsible...

Toolkit for Local Government Units

A  toolkit  for  Local  Government  Units,  “Alternative Pathways  to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction” was  launched  in 2012. The toolkit consists of a 12-step  process  for  local  governments  to  mainstream climate  change  adaptation  and  disaster  risk  reduction  (CCA-DRR). It includes methods...

Helping Communities Understand Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Scientists from the Manila Observatory helped  train local government units and communities in the science and framework  behind  disaster  risk  reduction  and  climate change adaptation (DRR-CCA). The  trainings  took  place  in  Iligan City,   Lanao del Norte and at the Climate Change Academy in...

Metro Weather Automated Weather Stations

Metro  Weather  is  a  public-private  partnership  that  has  established  a network  of  30 automated weather  stations  (AWS)  in Metro Manila. This  network will provide free and  near real-time  weather  data  that  can  be  used  to  prepare for  severe weather conditions  such as tropical...

Manila Observatory on Makati City’s Weather Monitoring Station Project

Makati City and the Manila Observatory take on climate change and disaster risk management together as the city’s weather monitoring station project was formally launched in Barangay San Lorenzo by Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, city officials and barangay kagawads. Manila Observatory’s...

Highlights of 2012

The  year  2012  was  a  year  of  growth  for  the  Manila  Observatory.  We  celebrated  triumphs,  new  collaborations  and  the  strengthening  of  partnerships  in  the pursuit  of  our science agenda. Here are some of the many highlights of our work in 2012. Exhibit by...

Albay Sustainable Development Guidebook

The  Albay  Sustainable  Development  Guidebook  is the product of  two-year  research conducted  by Manila Observatory scientists  in partnership  with  Chevron  Geothermal  Philippines  Holdings  Inc.  and  the  provincial government of  Albay. Analysis  of  land  use and  land  use  change,  hazard  &  vulnerability  mapping  and ...

Workshops on Sustainable Development with Communities and Local Governments

In  the  development  of  the  Albay  Sustainable  Development  Guidebook,  Manila Observatory scientists and researchers worked closely with the local governments of Tiwi and  Malinao. The communities  in Tiwi  and Malinao are  located  in  the  province  of  Albay.  Communities  in  Albay  are  exposed  to...

Christian Aid Documentary on Flooding in 2012: “Big River Rising”

In  August  2012,  Metro  Manila  and its environs were affected  by  a  period  of  heavy and  continuous  rainfall  caused  by  an  enhanced  monsoon  season  (Habagat).  The  disaster  affected  millions  because  of  flooding and  rainfall-induced  landslides.  Christian  Aid,  a  UK-based  international  development  and relief ...

The Ridge, River to Reef Rural-Urban Land Use Evaluation System for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (R3 RULES for CCA-DRM)

Located in the tropics within the Pacific  Rim  of  Fire  and  being  archipelagic,  the  Philippines  is  hazard-prone  and  most  vulnerable  to  impacts  of  climate  change.  Local government units are required  to prepare Comprehensive  Land  Use Plans  or  CLUPs  to  plan the development and...