End of the project in the Philippines: concrete but sometimes mixed results

From November 2015 to June 2022, FGEF supported the implementation of the “Building Coastal Resilience for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in small island communities through Green-Grey Infrastructure (GGI) project” in the municipality of Concepcion, Iloilo province, one of the areas severely devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013. The project aimed to demonstrate the potential of natural systems to adapt to the consequences of climate change and the relevance of the implementation of grey (conventional/traditional engineering) and green (ecosystem conservation) infrastructure to strengthen the resilience of territories and coastal communities, especially during typhoons.

The project, now completed, has been evaluated. This evaluation shows the importance of a good convergence between the objectives of the project and the expectations of the populations. The intervention has had the impact of an appreciated and appreciable reinforcement of knowledge on disasters and know-how to face them. Most of the direct effects expected in relation to the grey infrastructure did take place (reduction of waves, deposition of fine sediments under their shelter, safety for users of the Tambaliza footbridge). Nevertheless, it can be noted that these effects are very localized and that the bamboo infrastructures (sediment traps) were very quickly degraded and did not seem to reveal any notable impacts.

All the results are available in the final report. In addition, the activities developed in each of the 5 pilot sites of the municipality of Concepcion (Bacjawan Norte, Bagongon, Loong, Polopina, Tambaliza) are narrated in 5 dedicated books (collected in a zipped folder).

> The main activities in brief at each of the pilot sites.

> To come: the project sheets