CIRCA: Albay’s Answer to Climate Change

March 6, 2008 at 6:39 am Leave a comment

By Alvin Ybañez

If you are to search for countries that address climate change issues seriously, chances are that the nations that will top the list is that of North American, European and several Asian countries such as South Korea and Japan. True enough, it is these industrialized countries that lead the efforts in combating global warming and providing measures in coping with the onset of climate change.

However, developing countries have also begun to address the issues of climate change. One fine example of this is the Centre for Initiatives and Research on Climate Change Adaptation (CIRCA) by the Philippines. Located in the idyllic province of Albay, CIRCA is a living research institution whose aim is to strengthen the capacity for research as well as for project and program implementation in progressive sustainable agriculture, forestry, fisheries, energy, and eco-cultural tourism.

“CIRCA is the first of its kind not only in the country but also in the Southeast Asian Region to deal with climate change adaptation”, Nong Rangasa, Executive Director of CIRCA, said.

Originally a concept and brainchild of the popularly dubbed “Green Economist” Albay Provincial Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, CIRCA now boasts as one of the leading authorities when it comes to climate change in the region, with comprehensive ties to other local government units and educational institutions such as Bicol University, Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region V, and the Albay in Action on Climate Change of the Provincial Government of Albay. CIRCA was also prominently involved during the Bali Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change held on Bali Indonesia last February 13, 2008.

For further details and inquiries, you can visit CIRCA’s office at first floor of the Albay Capitol Annex Building 2, Old Albay District, Legazpi City, and you can contact them telefax at (052) 4803649 or through e-mail at circa.albay@gmail.com. You can also vivit our site: CIRCA

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