A2D Project-Research Group for Alternatives to Development, Inc. (A2D) hosted an Expo-Summit on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development Goals last January 20-22, 2017 at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu. This event was organized in partnership with Disaster Risk Reduction Network Philippines (DRRNet Phils.), Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP), Provincial Government of Cebu and Robinsons Galleria.
The two-day summit was attended by more than 1000 participants representing non-government organizations, people’s organizations, local government units, disabled people’s organizations, faith-based organizations, members of media and academe and students.
One of the highlights of the summit was an Info Fair Exhibition in the Atrium of Robinson’s Galleria where civil society organizations showcased their good practices in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation initiatives as well as in building community resilience. It was also a platform for raising public awareness on disaster preparedness and sustainable development.
The event also had two panel discussions. The first panel was about unpacking the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. Then, it was followed by a panel of discussion on good practices in DRR-CCA-SGDs featuring small-island resilience, the purok system of San Francisco, Camotes, climate resiliency field school and the Philippine data revolution.
The summit ended with a plenary discussion on “Towards Building a Roadmap for Achieving Disaster and Climate Resilience and Sustainable Development” presented by NEDA Undersecretary for Regional Development, Dr. Adoracion M. Navarro.
Ms. Lorraine Dela Cruz, Executive Director of Center for Disaster Preparedness, emphasized, “The [summit was] an opportunity to discover and innovate the way programs and projects contribute to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable development”.
A2D Project and CDP are active members of DRRNet Philippines, a national network of 42 civil society organizations, communities, practitioners and advocates adhering to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) and implementing community-based disaster risk reduction and management (CBDRRM).