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BOR Appoints Prof. Lagmay as 1st Director of the UP NOAH Center, UP Resilience Institute

Prof. Alfredo Mahar Francisco A. Lagmay. Photo from UP Diliman website.
At the 1326th UP Board of Regents Meeting on 5 April 2017, Prof. Alfredo Mahar Francisco A. Lagmay was appointed as Director of the UP Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Center, effective 21 March 2017 until 20 March 2020, and as Executive Director of the UP Resilience Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, effective 1 April 2017 until 21 March 2018.
Widely recognized as one of the world’s leading international scientific experts on natural hazards, Prof. Lagmay is a Professor at the National Institute of Geological Sciences, UP Diliman. …

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UP creates NOAH Center

The University of the Philippines UP, by virtue of the  approval of the Board of Regents on Feb. 23 and an Executive Order from UP Pres. Danilo L. Concepcion, established the NOAH Center (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards – NOAH Center for climate actions and disaster risk reduction management) in UP on March 21.
The NOAH Center takes off from Project NOAH which began as a research program under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in 2012. In the past five years, the project harnessed technologies and management services for disaster risk reduction activities. These were  offered by DOST through …

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UP to continue Project NOAH

A screenshot of the Project NOAH website (http://noah.dost.gov.ph/) with the project’s logo.
At its 1325th meeting on February 23, 2017, the University of the Philippines Board of Regents approved the adoption of Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) by UP upon the termination of its administration by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on February 28.
“In a sense, Project NOAH is coming home,” said UP President Danilo L. Concepcion after the BOR meeting, noting that the project was conceived by the DOST with the help of UP professors, led by its executive director Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay from the …

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DOST, UP to fly plane over ARMM to survey areas at high risk to disasters

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will fly a plane over the ARMM to survey the region for hazard preparedness and to determine which areas are at risk of bearing the worst effects of disasters.
The activity is part of the DOST’s project with the University of the Philippines (UP) dubbed as the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM), a component of the Project NOAH or Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards.
“The plane will gather information on the region using a technology called LiDAR or Light Detection and Ranging to produce high-resolution, detailed, and up-to-date elevation maps and data …

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A Climate-Resilient Philippines

CCC Vice Chairperson Sering, GIZ Principal Advisor Dr. Bernd Liss, and UP President Alfredo Pascual during the MOA signing between the CCC and UP on June 19, 2013. Photo by El Bacani.
The 19th of June was in many ways a momentous date.
In the afternoon of that date, UP Diliman’s Quezon Hall saw two formidable entities entering into a Memorandum of Agreement. The first was the country’s national university.  The other, an independent agency under the Office of the President tasked with confronting one of the greatest issues of our age.
The goal? Working together towards the promise of a “climate-resilient Philippines.”
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Development Cooperation for a Climate Change-Resilient Philippines

For more than 40 years, the German government, through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, has been working with the Philippine government in improving the lives of Filipinos by strengthening the capacity of people and institutions.
This partnership involves a range of priority areas such as crisis prevention, promotion of environmental protection, school health, economic development, decentralization and support for urban infrastructure. In keeping with the demand of the times, the partnership has also expanded since 2008 to include emerging concerns in climate change.
Germany supports developing and newly industrialized countries and countries in transition in achieving their climate protection …

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UP’s Climate Change Experts

Eight of the 14 nominees to the Climate Change Commission’s Panel of Experts are currently based in UP
Porfirio M. Aliño
Dr.  Aliño is a faculty member of the UP Marine Science Institute. He specializes in coral reef ecology, community ecology and management, chemical ecology and ecological modeling. He has a doctorate in marine chemical ecology from the James Cook University in Queensland and was recently named outstanding alumnus of the same university.

Rex Victor Cruz
Dr. Cruz is the chancellor of the University of the Philippines Los Baños and the former dean of the UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources. He pursued …

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Comm. Yeb Saño: Speaking for the Planet about Climate Change

Photo of the COP18 at Doha, Qatar. Photo from Wikicommons.
The outcome of our work is not about what our political masters want. It is about what is demanded of us by 7 billion people. I appeal to all, please, no more delays, no more excuses. Please, let Doha be remembered as the place where we found the political will to turn things around. And let 2012 be remembered as the year the world found the courage to do so, to find the courage to take responsibility for the future we want.”
His voice breaking with emotion, Naderev “Yeb” Saño, Climate Change …

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Timeline of the Work Programme on Long-Term Finance

Excerpts from the Meeting of Experts on Long-term Finance Bulletin, a publication of the International Institute for Sustainable Development*
* International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). (2013, July 20). Summary of the Meeting of Experts on Long-term Finance. Meeting of Experts on Long-term Finance Bulletin. Retrieved from http://www.iisd.ca/climate/ltf/em1/html/crsvol205num7e.html
17th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 17), held in Durban, South Africa, decided to undertake a work programme on LTF in 2012. The work programme analyzed options for mobilizing resources from a wide variety of sources, such as public, private, bilateral, multilateral and alternative sources, and undertook analytical work on …

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