The project aims to reduce the impact of natural hazards on vulnerable community members. It increases the resilience of communities to disasters, climate change and environmental degradation. The project also increases the capacity of civil society organisations (CSO’s) to cope with these natural hazards. The Philippines is a nation where the poorest communities are extremely vulnerable to natural hazards exacerbated by climate change and natural resource degradation. In the span of a year, they experience abnormally dry conditions except during the wet peroid. This results in decrease in agricultural production, extreme heat and water shortages, while in the wet period the situation is inverse and floods increase. Exacerbating these conditions is the rapid decrease in the natural resources. changes in rain patters and the coasts lines exposure to high risk tidal surges. In the rural areas, the targret groups live in Agusan del Sur, Agusan den Norte, Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte. In the urban setting they live in Calcoon City, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Patersos, Taguig and Muntinlupa City.
To strengthen the resilience of communities in the face of hazards and climate change the programme will introduce principles and techniques for disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and ecosystem management and restoration will be at various levels in communities, including in the development programs of civil organizations and in policy dialogue of government institutions.
In the rural areas, the groups most at risk are indifenous people, disher folk and poor rural farmers who depend on ecosystem services and have climate and natural resources dependent livelihoods. In the urban setting, those living in slum areas, near the river banks and floodways will be targeted. Women, elderly, children and people with disablities are most at risk. The project is organized by the ‘Partners For Resilience’, which The Netherlands Red Cross is a member of.