All pictures by Sylvain Liechti
According to the World Risk Index 2015, the Philippines are on the third place of the most disaster-prone countries. Due to climate change they are more and more exposed to natural disasters: not only typhoons and floods, but also drought. As a result, people in rural areas depending on agriculture and small-scale businesses are driven into the spiral of poverty. Following loss of property they have no money for food and have to take credits to restart their livelihood. If they lose their business again because of another disaster, they will never come out of debts.
Johanniter project’s aim is to strengthen resilience of communities, often situated on river banks where they face floods on a regular basis. In order to understand the linkages between climate change and livelihood, communities will be capacitated to conduct risk assessments using the resiliency framework. It consists in making a mapping of the communities’ livelihood activities and analyzing how climate-induced risks will influence it. Afterwards the communities develop a livelihood plan that ensures more sustainable and climate-smart activities such as farming of root crops, vegetables and fruit; production of livestock and poultry; crab breeding; seaweed production; food processing; handicraft development. With the new livelihood plan and diversification, the communities reduce the risk of total loss and expect to increase their income by approximately 20%.
The project started on 1 December 2016 with a total budget of 1,17 Mio EUR.
Follow this link to get more in information (in German) on the activities of Johanniter in the Philippines.