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Project SSCIS to increase PH capacity for climate action

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The availability of climate information services to Filipinos will soon increase.

The German Development Cooperation (GIZ) South-South Collaboration on Climate Information Services (SSCIS) Project Team visited CCC Vice Chair and Executive Robert Borje, the Overall Program Director, on Friday to discuss the next steps in the SSCIS implementation, according to a press release from the Climate Change Commission (CCC).

The 5-million-euro (PHP298.8 billion) SSCIS initiative seeks to offer climate information services to national and local government, as well as the academic community and builds a South-South Center of Excellence as a platform for knowledge exchanges among nations that are climate-vulnerable.

The SSCIS Project Team, responsible for managing project activities under the direction of the CCC as the lead government partner, in conjunction with pertinent organizations and institutions, was welcomed by Borje during the meeting, according to the CCC.

As a chance to “further develop knowledge and capacities in data management, including collecting, generating, and evaluating climate data as a basis for climate action,” Borje highlighted the SSCIS Project for CCC and the Philippine government.

The South-South Center of Excellence will enable us to strengthen our relationship with the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and advance a global strategy for boosting community climate resilience, according to Borje.

According to its website, the CVF is an international alliance of nations that are most susceptible to global warming. It acts as a hub for South-South collaboration between member nations so they may work together to combat climate change.

Dr. Bjoern Surborg, Principal Advisor of the SSCIS Project and Cluster Coordinator for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management for the GIZ Philippines Office, served as the team leader for the SSCIS project.

In order to improve local awareness of climate change, Surborg said, “The GIZ Philippines, through the South-South Project, remains dedicated to working with the Philippine government in encouraging data-driven climate action.”

Jimmy Loro, the team’s chief advisor, Theresa Lim, Denise Ann Suarez, Richard Antonio, and Rune Ylade all joined Surborg.

The Philippines is one of the most climate change-susceptible nations in the world due to its geographic location and archipelagic structure.

The Philippines is the fourth most affected nation in the 20-year period from 2000 to 2019 according to Germanwatch Institute’s 2021 Global Climate Risk Index.

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