A two-year research on “Developing Strategies towards More Resilient Fishing Communities Amidst Climate Change: The Case of Major Lakes in Luzon” started on January 4, 2017 with funding from the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) and is conducted through the UPLB Foundation Inc., Dr. Miriam R. Nguyen, University Researcher of the Community Innovations Studies Center (CISC), CPAf leads the project.
The project generally aims to capacitate fishing communities on developing climate change adaptation strategies and formulating a community action plan towards resiliency to climate change using the participatory approach. Two studies will be conducted on its first year of implementation,. These are entitled “Characterization and Profiling of Fishing Communities” and “Community-based Adaptation Strategies on the Effects of Climate Change among Fishing Communities in Luzon.” The results of these studies will be the bases for its third study on its second year. Entitled “Capacitating Fishing Communities on Climate Change Adaptation Strategies towards Improved Resiliency,” the study aims to enhance the capacity of fishing communities in coping and mitigating the negative effects of climate change. Capacity-building activities such as lectures/seminars, trainings, and workshops will be conducted.
The study sites are lake areas that are most frequently visited by typhoons or experience extreme weather conditions. These are the major lakeshore communities in Regions 4A, 4B, and 5 particularly those communities in Laguna and Rizal surrounding the Laguna Lake and the Taal Lake in Batangas (Region 4A); Naujan Lake in Oriental Mindoro (Region 4B), and Lakes Bato and Buhi in Camarines Sur (Region 5).
Joining Dr. Nguyen in this project are CISC Director Blanquita R. Pantoja and Ms. Maria Francesca O. Tan as study leaders, and Ms. Francisca O. Tan and Ms. Flordeliza A. Sanchez as project staff. (by Francisca O. Tan)