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How vulnerable is Cagayan de Oro City from Climate Change?

The city has been included in a study by WWF-Philippines, an aassessment on Philippine cities’ vulnerability to climate change and provides science-based solutions on adaptation and economic viability. The three-year program is in partnership with BPI Foundation.

Below is the opening paragraph about the city:

Cagayan de Oro is a coastal city located within a Type 3 climate zone. Sitting close to what could be the southernmost rim of the Philippine typhoon belt, the city received 11 typhoon hits over a 20-year period. In a country that regularly receives up to 20 or more tropical storms per year, one event every two years seems relatively insignificant. From 1960 to 2010, official data reports annual rainfall of only 1697 mm – once again, well below the national average of 2400 mm…

An excerpt on the assessment:

To the unfamiliar, it would seem that Cagayan de Oro is not particularly exposed to climate risk. The reverse is true. Seeing that Cagayan de Oro is at the receiving end of water flowing down steep, now often sparsely forested, grades from Mindanao’s central highlands, it is relatively clear that the city’s primary climate challenge may have to do with upland rainfall and the management of floods. The city needs to figure out how to steer itself out of harms way, toward meaningful flood neutral re-development. As evidenced by the serious incidents of flooding in 2009 and 2011, Cagayan de Oro’s exposure to climate impacts should be gauged using a larger geographical envelope that includes upstream recharge zones, midcatchment initiatives as well as downstream drainage.

Download the full report HERE.

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