Increased adaptive capacities of vulnerable communities in Maasin

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Published: December 2016
Last edited: July 2019
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Summary

To face the climate change challenge, the City government embarked to undertake activities they believed would increase the adaptive capacities of the constituents. The Project Maasin City was a beneficiary of a packge of support that consisted of installation of their watch tower, a fish-finder radar system, a radio and communications system that connected the City to its neighboring municipalities along the Sogod Bay of Southern Leyte.

Location

Maasin City, Philippines

Impacts

• Members of the people’s organization, the YISEDA are able to harvest trees they themselves have planted and according to the rules for timber harvesting set by the government; with prospects of value adding thru processing their timber into wood furniture’s; • Additional incomes for the upland farmers come from their seedling production, agro-forestry activities and vegetable productions; • The fisherfolks association heavily involved themselves in addressing the infestation of crown of thorns that posed as a serious threat to the coral reefs and their livelihoods; the provincial and city government provided the financial support to the fisherfolks as they focused on addressing said crown of thorns infestation in 2011-2012; • The fisherfolks association happily declares they have more than enough fish supply for local consumption.

Contributed by

Dolores Nuevas Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH