3 cities from PHL join WWF, the international Futurefold program

The cities of Makati, Baguio and San Fernando (La Union) recently harnessed digital technology by joining an international program led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and climate technology software company, Futureproofed, to help to improve the development and implementation of city projects.

Imee Bellen, WWF-Philippines’ One Planet Cities (OPC) project manager, told BusinessMirror in an email interview that the three Philippine cities have joined an international partnership with 47 other cities from 17 countries to use new tools. digital, accessible data and quantified feedback for their transition towards the objective of net zero carbon emissions.

Through this partnership, Bellen said local governments in the three cities will be able to develop more impactful climate action plans while collaborating with their own departments, residents and other cities across the country.

She said Baguio, Makati and San Fernando’s participation is part of their commitment to the OPC project and part of the “Year of Climate Action” partnership between WWF and Futureproofed that spans all of 2022.

“We are excited to see our Philippine cities take another step in their journey towards 1.5 degree Celsius alignment while strengthening external and internal collaborations,” Bellen said.

She added that the digital platform provided by WWF and Futureproofed will surely help to complete the results of the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) cities feedback for their assessment and the effective climate action plan for their city.

To boost their participation, more than 30 city officials and employees from Baguio, Makati and San Fernando joined the city’s local team kick-off sessions along with other cities in Indonesia, Sweden, Turkey and the Kingdom. United on February 15 and 17.

The first session was moderated by Futureproofed City Climate Coach Annabel Vanhoven, who presented the role of cities in climate change and an overview of the OPCC and Futureproofed Cities.

In a breakout session, participants were divided into groups by city to discuss the status, challenges and points of collaboration for their climate action plan with the various city departments present.

The results of the OPCC will be announced by March 2022, with further local OPC activities in the works for the 16 participating cities for the remainder of the year.

Bellen said relevant feedback will be offered to participating cities, which measures and policies will lead to the largest emissions reductions and which actions are cost-effective to achieve their share towards the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C trajectory. of 2015.

“No matter how good our data, climate transition today is less about information and technology, and more about implementation and cooperation,” said a January 27 open letter signed and published. by some participating cities, including WWF and Futureproofed, for the launch of the “Year of Climate Action”.

“Sharing knowledge, in real time, across countries, contexts and continents, on what works and what doesn’t; aligning city and county experts behind an overarching policy plan, and motivating everyone to take ownership, will lead to success,” the open letter reads.

Ryan H. Bowman