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As one of the fastest growing countries in Asia, the Philippines faces unprecedented environmental challenges with disproportionate impacts on the poor and women. The country’s significant biodiversity resources are seriously degraded due to poor management; water and air pollution levels exceed generally accepted standards; greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are increasing from the transport and power sectors; and the country is ranked as one of the world’s most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.
To help the Philippines become a more stable, prosperous, and well-governed nation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is working with the Government of the Philippines, research institutes, private sector and civil society organizations to strengthen the country’s environmental resilience and sustain vital natural resources.
USAID supports public-private partnerships and integrates science, technology, and innovation into activities that:
Improve natural resources management
- Reducing threats to areas of biological significance
- Applying ecosystem approaches to fisheries and watershed management
- Valuing ecosystem services
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation
Promote water and energy security
- Expanding access to clean water and sanitation
- Preparing greenhouse gas inventories and low emissions development strategies
- Increasing investments for clean energy and water projects
Reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts and natural disasters
- Increasing use of climate modeling technologies
- Integrating climate/ risk data into long-term planning
- Conducting participatory risk and hazard mapping
Supporting U.S agencies include the Department of State, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Last updated: June 20, 2014