The project aims to develop a locally supported and integrated long-term vision for a sustainable coastal protection plan in the Tacloban area. Tacloban and Palo are still recovering from the devastating typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) that hit the Philippines in November 2013. Even though the area has managed to bounce back to some degree, the coastal zone especially remains at risk of future storms and flooding. The Coastal Protection Strategy is formulated for Tacloban and Palo, Leyte
Within the context of coastal protection, DRR, CCA and resilience are important components. The plan aims to contribute to reducing flood risk to protect physical infrastructure and economic interests, but mainly to prevent loss of life and livelihoods. Maintaining and strengthening the current ecosystem function will contribute to improved livelihoods and will also be part of the implementation plan. As the economic future of the Tacloban area is closely linked to the sea, strengthening the ecosystem, building protective infrastructure, and reducing disaster risk with climate change in mind, this plan will contribute to enhanced economic opportunities and increased resilience of communities and individuals.
Netherlands Red Cross has joined hands with a consortium of Dutch water engineer companies and other organisations. The aim of this consortium is to investigate a number of possible strategies for the area to reduce the risk of future disasters.