New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines

New Zealand supports disaster risk reduction in the Philippines

New Zealand Ambassador Andrew Matheson and UNDP Country Director Renaud Meyer sign the funding arrangement for the disaster risk reduction project.

New Zealand is funding a significant portion of a United Nations programme to mainstream disaster risk reduction in the Philippines.

Over recent years the Philippines has experienced a significant increase in the number of natural disasters, mostly weather-related disasters.  The nation has to be prepared to deal with them.

The Philippine government wants to mainstream being prepared for disasters into its land use and development planning processes.  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is managing a major project to help with this, called “Integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into local development planning and decision-making processes”. 

New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines Andrew Matheson this week signed a funding arrangement with the UNDP.  The grant of US$1.1 million, some 48 million pesos, will support extension of the project to cover 30 additional provinces, up from the 44 already funded by other donors.

The New Zealand funding will allow the vulnerabilities of these 30 provinces to disaster and climate change risks to be assessed, and the provinces’ development and land use plans to be “disaster/climate proofed”.  The risks to be assessed are ground shaking, liquefaction, earthquake-induced landslides and tsunamis.


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