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Kalinga, one of Cordillera’s Pride - Edillo

DA-CAR Latest News - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 15:11

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“Kalinga contributed to the Cordillera’s pride for reaping awards and cash prizes during the National Rice Achievers Award,” said Narciso Edillo, Regional Executive Director, Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office – Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-RFO-CAR).

He personally congratulated the people of Tabuk City during their celebration of the 17th Mataguan Festival and 11th City Founding Anniversary in Tabuk City, Kalinga on June 21, 2018.

In addition, Edillo recognized the efforts of farmers in the development of the country’s agricultural industry. He encouraged them to innovate for the improvement of their farm operations and to increase yield of production.

He furthered that farmers should take these opportunities since with the Duterte’s Administration support to the farmers is heightened. With the present administration, irrigation is now free and farmers can now avail crop insurance even they are not included in the Registry System for Basic sectors in Agriculture (RSBA). They just have to consult the Provincial/ City Agriculture Office for details of availing the services.

Moreover, DA is encouraging the households to go back to the basics thus they should be able to develop their own backyard gardens at least for home consumption.

Another point stressed by Edillo is for the farmers to think of the upcoming generation. They should start engaging their children to farm activities to continue their legacy as farmers. DA also supports the Gulayan sa Paaralan program to be able to help sustain agriculture and secure food for the country by teaching the children even at a young age.

The celebration was attended by about 2,000 farmers, traders, and members of cooperatives, youth clubs and rural improvement clubs within the City of Tabuk.

Agricultural achievers who have contributed to the city’s pride were also honored during the program.

Moreover, farmer organizations were also awarded with agricultural inputs such as rice and vegetable seeds; sasso chicks; and farm equipment that includes water pumps and hand tractor with complete accessories. This is to increase production of farmers and to support farm mechanization program. //KGawigawen

Event: 2018 CVF Virtual Climate Summit

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sun, 07/01/2018 - 16:19
The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) will convene a global political leaders’ summit to build increased support to safeguard those that are most vulnerable to the growing climate change impacts. Announced by President of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine at the sixth meeting of the Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Da Nang, Viet Nam, the Virtual Climate Summit is the first Heads of Government-level conference to be held entirely online, eliminating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promoting inclusive dialogue. Meeting ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, the 2018 CVF Virtual Summit will follow the expected release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC (SR15) in October 2018. The event will serve to: highlight new national efforts; share perspectives on climate risks and opportunities to be gained by putting the world on a safer 1.5oC pathway in terms of health, jobs and other benefits, while building wider international support; and help ensure that the necessary resources and finance are delivered to make this possible.

Event: 8th Meeting of the WIM for Loss and Damage

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sun, 07/01/2018 - 16:16
The eighth meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) for Loss and Damage associated with climate change impacts will convene in Bonn, Germany. Established to assist developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, the WIM promotes the implementation of approaches to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts through: enhancing knowledge and understanding of comprehensive risk management approaches to address loss and damage; strengthening dialogue, coordination, coherence and synergies among relevant stakeholders; and enhancing action and support, including finance, technology and capacity building.

Event: UNFCCC Mitigation Workshop for the Latin America and Caribbean Region

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sun, 07/01/2018 - 16:14
The UNFCCC Secretariat will convene a regional hands-on training workshop on the preparation and reporting of mitigation actions for the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.

Event: UNFCCC Adaptation Workshop for the African Region

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sun, 07/01/2018 - 16:13
The UNFCCC Secretariat will convene a regional hands-on training workshop on identifying and reporting adaptation actions in national communications for the African region.

Event: HLPF Side Event: Leadership on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform for Sustainable Energy Access and Poverty Reduction

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sun, 07/01/2018 - 16:11

Leadership is required to move away from inefficient and harmful fossil fuel subsidies (SDG 12) towards sustainable energy systems with access to energy for all (SDG 7). Fossil fuel subsidies stood at about US$425 billion in 2015. This is 7.5 times more than the amount of financing required for universal electricity access. Reforming subsidies has massive benefits as a means of implementation for the global transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. Nevertheless, reform requires effort from political leaders, civil society and sound information to be successful. This side event presents opportunities for financing and delivering the SDGs through fossil fuel subsidy reform, with a focus on sustainable energy access. Speakers will present replicable strategies for fossil fuel subsidy reform with high benefits for poverty reduction, gender and the SDGs. These strategies include better targeting of subsidies and subsidy “SWAPs”, i.e. shifting fossil fuel subsidies towards sustainable energy solutions like renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as investments in public transport.

The event will see the launch of a report on the interlinkages between energy access and fossil fuel subsidies. The side event is organised by New Zealand on behalf of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (“Friends”),  with Finland, Switzerland, Sweden and Norway as co-organisers. IISD's Global Subsidies Initiative is coordinating the event. SPEAKERS
  • Chair and opening remarks: Craig Hawke, Permanent Representative of New Zealand (TBC)
  • Moderator: Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, IISD
  • Panelists:
    • Annika Lindblom, Secretary General, National Commission on Sustainable Development and Counsellor, Ministry of the Environment, Finland
    • Anna Zinecker, Policy Advisor, IISD
    • Ligia Noronha, Director, Economy Division, UN Environment (TBC)

Event: Learning From the Past to Inform the 2050 Vision

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sun, 07/01/2018 - 16:08
The 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2018 provides an opportunity to critically assess the targets set for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the effectiveness of measures taken under the CBD and its strategic plans. This joint event by the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Bioversity International, and BirdLife International (RSPB) is titled, 'Learning From the Past to Inform the 2050 Vision: Improving Target Setting, Assessing Progress and Applying the Agrobiodiversity Index'. It will present information generated from assessing these aspects that could, among other things, inform development of a follow up to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which is expected to be adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-15) in 2020. The meeting will also present the Agrobiodiversity Index, a tool to measure and manage agrobiodiversity in sustainable food systems, and how it can be applied to measuring country and company commitments to, and actions in pursuit of, progressing multiple Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Event: Webinar: Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and the SDGs – Opportunities for Advocacy around the HLPF

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 15:05
The review of SDG 7 (clean and affordable energy) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) at the 2018 session of the HLPF provides an opportunity to promote fossil fuel subsidy reform as a key milestone to reaching the SDGs. IISD will share insights on preparations for the 2018 session of the HLPF and its work on fossil fuel subsidy reform and energy access. The webinar will be an opportunity to discuss advocacy efforts around the SDGs. The speakers will be
  • Kali Taylor, IISD, SDG Lab Advisor Network: Briefing on HLPF, expected outcomes and opportunities for advocacy
  • Anna Zinecker, IISD, Policy Advisor, Global Subsidies Initiative: FFSR in the SDGs, linking energy access and subsidy reform

Farmers encouraged to plant root crops to support food self-sufficiency

DA-CAR Latest News - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 14:47

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Farmers in the Cordillera are encouraged to plant root crops to sustain the nation’s quest for food self-sufficiency.

Department of Agriculture – CAR Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo, MA.Ed., gave this advice to farmers of Paracelis, Mountain Province during the conduct of the farmer’s day as part of the towns annual anniversary.

Director Edillo served as guest of honor and speaker during the event.

Root crops such as camote and cassava are healthy alternative to rice for Filipinos. It has great potential in the market and may be produced as additional source of income, Edillo said.

The major crops cultivated in the municipality are rice and corn and the good thing about root crops is it may be intercropped with corn. It can be planted after rice especially in rainfed areas.

According to Director Edillo, DA Secretary Manny Piñol encourages farmers to go back to the basics. This is in relation to the ASEAN integration where there is free flow of products from other countries so producing our own food is a way of ensuring that what we eat are safe.

Moreover, he also said that it is but proper to give recognition to the efforts of our “hero-farmers” that contributes to the development of the country’s agricultural industry. The agricultural extension workers (AEWs) that helped the DA in facilitating and monitoring interventions to the farmers were also recognized by Edillo.

He said that despite the fact that we do not regard the farmers as we do to other professions, it is not the time to be sentimental but rather to find more ways of strengthening the partnership between the government and the farmers.

For a country that basically relies on agriculture, we must enhance farm production and productivity amidst challenges of providing sufficient food for the Filipino. Director Edillo challenged the participants during the said celebration. //Karen T. Gawigawen

Farmers encouraged to plant root crops to support food self-sufficiency

DA-CAR Latest News - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 14:47

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Farmers in the Cordillera are encouraged to plant root crops to sustain the nation’s quest for food self-sufficiency.

Department of Agriculture – CAR Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo, MA.Ed., gave this advice to farmers of Paracelis, Mountain Province during the conduct of the farmer’s day as part of the towns annual anniversary.

Director Edillo served as guest of honor and speaker during the event.

Root crops such as camote and cassava are healthy alternative to rice for Filipinos. It has great potential in the market and may be produced as additional source of income, Edillo said.

The major crops cultivated in the municipality are rice and corn and the good thing about root crops is it may be intercropped with corn. It can be planted after rice especially in rainfed areas.

According to Director Edillo, DA Secretary Manny Piñol encourages farmers to go back to the basics. This is in relation to the ASEAN integration where there is free flow of products from other countries so producing our own food is a way of ensuring that what we eat are safe.

Moreover, he also said that it is but proper to give recognition to the efforts of our “hero-farmers” that contributes to the development of the country’s agricultural industry. The agricultural extension workers (AEWs) that helped the DA in facilitating and monitoring interventions to the farmers were also recognized by Edillo.

He said that despite the fact that we do not regard the farmers as we do to other professions, it is not the time to be sentimental but rather to find more ways of strengthening the partnership between the government and the farmers.

For a country that basically relies on agriculture, we must enhance farm production and productivity amidst challenges of providing sufficient food for the Filipino. Director Edillo challenged the participants during the said celebration. //Karen T. Gawigawen

GEF Council Adopts US$63.4 Million Work Program

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 00:46
The Work Program provides for preparation of national communications and biennial update reports to the UNFCCC, reversing ecosystem and water degradation in the Volta River Basin, managing coastal aquifers in selected Pacific SIDS, and building capacity for biodiversity conservation and protected area management, among others. The Council meeting will be followed immediately by the sixth meeting of the Assembly of the GEF.

Secretary-General Announces Head of Transition Team for UN Development System

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 00:43
Under the oversight of the Deputy Secretary-General, a Transition Team will be guided by the provisions of UNGA resolution 72/279 on repositioning the UN development system in light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Robert Piper currently serves as the Officer-in-Charge of the Bureau of External Relations at UNDP and has 30 years of experience at the UN, including as resident and humanitarian coordinator and UNDP resident representative.

UNITAR Partners with Danone to Advance Climate Change Education, Sustainable Change

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 00:42
Through UN CC:Learn, UNITAR and Danone will develop a learning programme on climate change for Danone employees. The learning platform will be integrated into a larger internal learning platform related to Danone’s vision and goals. Earlier this year, Danone introduced nine goals, aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Guest Article: Three Things to Know about Partnerships for Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 00:40
One crucial form of partnership is collaboration between development practitioners and academics. A recent report resulted in three key findings that are instructive for how governments, CSOs, and academic institutions can enhance partnerships in the years to come.

EU Event Addresses Linkages Between Climate Change and Security

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 00:39
The high-level event included panels on countries’ shared responsibility to prepare for climate security risks, and on ways for countries to integrate climate, security and development initiatives. Federica Mogherini, EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice-president of the European Commission, underscored that fighting climate change is an investment in “our own security”. Participants highlighted the need for increased international cooperation to prepare for and take action on climate risks.

"Sea Change" Refugee Compact Discussed in New York

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 00:37
Governments received an update on negotiations on the global compact on refugees, ahead of the final round of scheduled consultations on 3-4 July in Geneva. Once the compact is agreed, UNHCR Filippo Grandi will propose the text to the UN General Assembly as an annex to his annual report, for consideration in the UNGA's Third Committee. Volker Turk, Office of the UNHCR, said that the compact – if adopted in a form similar the current draft – will represent a “sea change in how the world engages with refugees and host communities,” and have a transformative impact on those directly affected.

HLPF Blog Posts Highlight Smart Cities, DRR, Inclusivity in SDG Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 00:28
The HLPF blog is available on the UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, and features contributions from UN Member States, the UN system, and Major Groups and other stakeholders. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility underscores that providing support for decision making and other forms of support for persons with disabilities and for older persons will strengthen individual and collective awareness, the solidity of contemporary democracies and ultimately the sustainability of development.

C40, UCCRN and Partners Quantify, Sound Alarm on Climate Threats to Urban Residents

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 00:27
A report by C40 Cities, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, UCCRN and Acclimatise analyzes risks posed to cities by climate change. Its findings indicate that by 2050, over 1.6 billion urban dwellers in 970 cities will regularly experience heat extremes, and that up to 650 million people across 500 cities will be at risk of water shortages. Case studies show specific cities’ vulnerabilities as well as solutions currently being implemented.

Guest Article: Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Sustainable Food Systems – We Need to Measure It 

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 00:23
The Agrobiodiversity Index can measure how much agricultural biodiversity is in a given food system, and how both commitments and actions to deliver those commitments are faring. The Index is undergoing testing within Ethiopia, India and Peru and for Syngenta, Nestle and Clarmondial AG. The latest updates on the Agrobiodiversity Index will be presented at a 3 July side-event to CBD's SBSTTA-22.

Cordillera farmers NOAAA finalists known

DA-CAR Latest News - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 14:12

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Seven out of the eight regional winners of this year’s search for the National Organic Agriculture Achievers’ Award (NOAAA) made it to the national level.

This was confirmed by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office Cordillera (DA-RFO-CAR) through its Organic Agriculture Program (OAP).

The 6 finalists from Benguet include the MLGU Tublay as Outstanding Municipality, Teresita Guevarra of La Trinidad as Outstanding Provincial Focal Person, Berto Bayeng from Itogon as Oustanding Municipal Focal Person, Tublay Organic Practitioners Association Inc. (TOFPAI) as Outstanding Farmer’s Group, Jose Sacley Family from Atok as Outstanding Organic Farming Family and Romeo Kimbungan from Tuba as Outstanding Small Farmer.

Shiela Maie Butic is the lone finalist from Lamut, Ifugao as an Outstanding Agriculture Extension Worker.

The National Organic Agriculture Program together with the National Technical Search Committee will be conducting a field validation for the shortlisted nominees for the 2018 NOAAA. 

The NOAAA is given by the DA to LGU’s provincial and municipal, focal persons, agricultural extension workers, farmers’ organizations, small farmers and farming families in recognition for their exemplary contribution and unwavering support towards the implementation of RA 10068 and achievement of the National Organic Agriculture Program’s envisioned goals.

The 7 finalists were nominated to the National Search for Organic Agriculture Achievers Award (NOAAA) after they were selected as Regional Organic Agriculture Achievers Awardee.

In recognition to their significant contribution in the region, DA-RFO- CAR will be awarding the 7 national finalists together with the Province of Benguet as an Outstanding Province on the Regional Organic Agriculture Achievers Awarding on June 29, 2018 at Crown Legacy Hotel, Baguio City.//RDibdiben