By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net First Posted 15:37:00 08/14/2009 Filed Under: Climate Change, Environmental Issues
MANILA, Philippines—Nine Philippine projects bested 1,800 other proposals to make it among the 100 finalists of the 2009 Global Development Marketplace Competition, an international contest seeking innovative climate change projects with potentially strong development impact.
The Philippines has the most number of projects that made it among the 100 finalists in Asia, and the second most number in the world, next to Peru, according to World Bank, the contest organizer.
From among the 100 finalists, a jury of experts will choose around 20 to 25 that would receive $200,000 in grant for the conduct of the project. The choice will be made at the World Bank headquarters in November.
Country director Bert Hofman said the annual contest is one of World Bank’s efforts to empower innovators at the local and community level. Specifically, this year’s contest covered climate adaptation, disaster risk management, and resilience of indigenous people’s communities to climate risks, he added.
“Community-based knowledge can provide answers to major development challenges facing developing countries like the Philippines. It is the poorest countries and communities that suffer most from reliance to climate-sensitive sectors like agriculture. Managing risks related to climate change therefore is crucial in the developing world,” Hofman said in a statement.
The Philippine finalists include: strengthening disaster preparedness of Southern Leyte through SMS technology by the Philippine Business for Social Progress; low-cost warning system for poor farming communities in landslide-prone areas by the University of the Philippines at Los Baños; providing opportunities to cushion the impact of climate change to rain-fed rice farmers by the University of the Philippines Los Baños; securing fishery livelihoods through disaster-resilient aquaculture integrated with mangrove restoration by the Trowel Development Foundation Inc.;
Production of vermicast or earthworm-produced fertilizer and green charcoal with community and local government participation by the Pampamilyang Paaralang Agrikultura Inc. (PPAI); enhancement, conservation, and democratization of access to ecosystem services by the Pipuli Foundation Inc.; biofuel production and mangrove rehabilitation and development in the Philippines by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau; vegetables for Salambao by the International Resources Group—Philippines; and power charger to provide lights beyond the dark extremes of climate change by Lambs Agri Mechanicals.
Since 1998, Development Marketplace has awarded $54 million to more than 1,000 projects that were chosen based on measurable results, project design, and sustainability of impact.