OML Center - ICRAF Partnership Approach: Generating Science-based Solutions for Climate Resilient Communities in the Philippines

Project Timeframe:
Oct 2012 to Oct 2015

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Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation Inc. (OML Center)


                                                                                                                                         Setting up and operation of automatic weather monitoring station in both corn and rice areas


Recent assessments show that the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Based on the 2014 World Risk Report, the Philippines is the 2nd most disaster risk country worldwide. The need for understanding these disasters and its impacts, along with the vulnerabilities and potential adaptation to current and future climate-related disasters have never been more pressing.

While billions of resources are being allocated by the government and other sectors of society to build the resilience of communities to climate-related risks, there is less support for generating scientific information that could lead to long-term, practical and sustainable solutions to weather- and climate-related disasters and future changes. A private initiative by the Lopez Group of Companies, one of the largest business conglomerates in the country on energy, real estate, manufacturing and construction, had provided a seed money on creating a center that will specifically cater to the needs, named as the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc, or commonly known as the OML Center. The Center aims to be a leading catalyst for generating science-based solutions to climate-related risks and disasters in the country and the developing world.

The OML Center is partnering with World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) to realize its goals towards the climate resilient communities.

What is unique about this partnership?

This OML Center-ICRAF Partnership allows for synergy of research, ensuring they complement, rather than duplicate, one another. The Partnership also enhances ‘buy in’ from national policymakers, not only for research on climate but also on trees and agroforestry, through facilitating links.

What do we want to achieve?

By supporting researches and initiatives that will add to the body of practical knowledge and know-how, the OML Center-ICRAF Partnership hopes to enable every Filipino cope and prosper in the midst of climate-related risks and disasters. The Partnership has four main goals:

  1. Support focused and science-based efforts to develop innovative solutions to mitigate the risks and impacts of climate change and geohazards to assist government initiatives and programs.
  2. Initiate the development of a Philippine interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral network of researchers, academics and practitioners to enhance the understanding and prediction of climate change and geohazard impacts.
  3. Strengthen linkages with the national and local government to facilitate capacity building in the delivery of risk mitigation solutions to reduce the impact of climate change and geo-hazards.
  4. Provide a venue to share and exchange ideas and experiences in the local and international arenas

How do we achieve the goals?

To achieve the goals, the OML Center-ICRAF Partnership focuses on the following activities:

1.   Awarding of research grants

We are supporting applied research/science and engineering-based initiatives. We focus our efforts on applied research with practical outcomes to help the most vulnerable deal with the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.

2.   Building network and partnerships

We are developing useful solutions based on in-house researches and linkages with regional and international research institutions, which are being established to draw on expertise and experience typically not found locally.

3.   Fostering capacity building, communication, best practice and exchange of ideas

A critical component of our efforts is in the area of capacity building and communication for a wide range of stakeholders (e.g. academe, specialists, government, the public and business). This is seen as one of the most effective ways to apply solutions developed by the Partnership and increase the benefits to all stakeholders.

4.   Enabling solution deployment and national/local government liaison

We recognizes that the national and local government units (LGU) networks are critical to the wide spread deployment of any geohazard mitigation solution. Deployment methods and LGU involvement are being integrated at the very early stages of any geohazard solutions / initiative.

5.   Recognizing scientists’ achievements

The Center will recognize outstanding achievements by scientists such as through the provision of professorial chairs and other forms of incentives.