By PR | 03:09 PM November 08, 2023
The provincial government of Bohol met with Korean agencies for a project proposal on digitalizing Bohol’s climate data.
The visiting agencies- the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the National Information Society Agency (NIA), and the Environment and Plant Information NETwork (EPINET)-met with provincial government departments on Nov. 8 for a proposal on implementing the Climate Vulnerability and Risk Information System (CVRIS) in Bohol.
This digital system is designed to present data on climate, weather patterns, agricultural land use, socio-economic profile, agricultural goods, and existing hazards, making it easier to examine the current state of climate vulnerability and risks in Bohol and how it will affect the province’s agricultural value chain.
Executive assistant Nunila Mendez “Manay” Pinat represented Gov. Aris Aumentado in the proposal meeting and met with GGGI Philippines’ Richard Salawagan, NIA Senior Manager Oh Daehoon, EPINET Director Shin Yongsoon, developer Han Sejin, and researcher Baek Minju.
Together with Pinat were representatives from the office of the Provincial Agriculturist, the office of the Provincial Veterinarian, the Provincial Planning and Development Office, the Bohol Provincial Environment Management Office, the Bohol Provincial Tourism Office, the Provincial Disaster Risk and Management Office, and the Provincial Information and Media Office to spectate on the project proposal.
The Korean agencies involved in the project said they see a lack of local-level information, digitalized data, and strong scientific analysis due to scattered data in some areas of the Philippines.
At present, a beta version of the CVRIS is used in Oriental Mindoro, which GGGI hopes to replicate in Bohol to enable local governments to create analytical data-driven platforms for policy planning.
GGI and the involved agencies will partner with the provincial government and LGUs in gathering available data on hazard (temperature, sea level, tropical cyclones, weather patterns, flood, and landslide vulnerable areas), exposure (settlements, agricultural lands, roads, commercial establishments), sensitivity (socio-economic profiles), and adaptive capacity (poverty, infrastructure, institution, health, education).
A feasibility study will be conducted by Jan. 2024 to see if the digital system can work where GGGI and partner agencies will launch the CVRIS in Bohol in 2025. (PIMO/GMC)