3 cities to pilot reduced carbon emissions
(The Philippine Star) - December 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines — Three cities in Metro Manila have been chosen as project sites that will receive assistance aimed at developing and implementing strategies on reducing carbon emissions.

 Pasig, Parañaque and Marikina will receive assistance from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)-Local Governments for Sustainability and the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said.

The Ambitious City Promises (ACP) is a three-year regional project supporting cities in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam in developing and implementing low emissions strategies.

The project emphasizes community engagement across all stages of this process and will help cities establish lasting mechanisms to share knowledge and use participatory, bottom-up models for climate action.

At the ACP launch recently held at Ortigas Center in Pasig City, DENR Assistant Secretary Corazon Davis expressed the country’s gratitude to ICLEI and SMG for choosing the Philippines as one of the sites for the project.

Davis described the project as “very timely” as it came at a time when the country was reviewing its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.

“As the country reviews its strengthened NDC, it will include cities at the forefront of implementing transformative low emission development projects,” Davis said.

“We at the DENR could provide a platform on how we could cascade the learnings of these three cities,” she said.

Davis expressed hope that more vulnerable and high-risk cities in the world will learn from the country’s “trailblazers to natural resources conservation and environment protection.”            – Rhodina Villanueva

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