UP NOAH 2017: Year in Review

2017 has been a year of significant change for NOAH which is captured by what University of the Philippines (UP) President Danilo L. Concepcion said: “NOAH is home.”

Project NOAH became the UP NOAH Center. It was formally adopted by UP as a research center for climate actions and disaster risk reduction and management during the Board of Regents’ 1325th meeting last February 23, 2017. It was established as a center through Executive Order No. PDLC 17-03 on 21 March 2017.

The formal re-launch of the UP Resilience Institute followed suit, highlighting the integration of NOAH as its core component. The UP NOAH Center under the UP RI intensified its function of robustly offering available and comprehensive reports necessary for the country’s 144 cities, 1,490 municipalities and 81 provinces.

Even with these developments, nothing has changed about NOAH’s goals and objectives. In fact, more opportunities have been available for the organization’s researchers and scientists who still work to raise Filipinos’ awareness of natural hazards. The NOAH team always believed that an increased awareness of climate change and disaster risk is key in cultivating a culture of preparedness and reducing the catastrophic impacts of extreme hazard events.

UP NOAH maintained its partnerships with national government agencies, the local government units (LGU), private and public institutions, similar-cause private organizations, other stakeholders, and even individuals who continue to believe in a more accurate, integrated, and responsive disaster prevention and mitigation system, especially in high-risk areas across the country.

UP NOAH Developer and Researcher, BA Racoma speaking at the CoARE Event on December 8, 2017

In fact, NOAH with the OpenStreetMap commmunity’s support helped address the UP campuses’ vulnerability to natural hazards through the project to build Resilient UP campuses. It aims to develop strategies to become resilient against the adverse impacts of geological and climate related natural hazards. An important activity in this endeavor is the utilization of crowdsourced and collaborative mapping through the benefits of using OpenStreetMap data.

In partnership with the Climate Change Commission, UP NOAH introduced the Geospatial Analytics Platform (GANaP) for Climate Vulnerability and Disaster Risk Assessment to the key stakeholders of the country including, but not limited to, the government, the private sector, and the academe. This was in line with the CCC’s partnership with the University of the Philippines for the implementation, continuation, and completion of Resilience and Preparedness towards Inclusive Development (RAPID) under the Project Climate Twin Phoenix (PCTP); and Resilience Capacity Building for Cities and Municipalities to Reduce Disaster Risks from Climate Change and Natural Hazards, Phase 1 (ReBUILD).

CCC ReBUILD’s Capacity Building Team and Project Management Unit at the ReBUILD booth during the Local Climate Change Action Planning: Approaches and Good Practices Forum

Through presentations, seminars, forums, and online information campaigns, UP NOAH addresses issues ranging from climate change adaptation to DRRM to supporting the learning of UP and the nation’s intensive science and technology needs. The researchers and scientists also ensure that information in the NOAH website and mobile tools is available for people to use as basis for their decisions.

MAPPING FOR RESILIENT UP CAMPUSES PROJECT PROGRESS REPORT:

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Talks and lectures conducted: 62

Journal articles published:

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