COTABATO CITY — Through a collaborative effort, a capacity-building activity for BARMM on Climate-Smart Development Planning on 17-18 November 2022 was organized by the Environment Management Services of the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy (MENRE) – BARMM and the Asian Institute of Management-Master in Development Management Team KlimaLAKASan to continue the creation of appropriate strategy recommendations toward a climate-smart BARMM.

The two-day activity consisted of a BARMM Training Workshop on Emission Inventory and Climate Change Mitigation and a Final Project Dissemination and Handover Meeting.

“The Bangsamoro region is not an exception when it comes to the effects of climate change and we have already felt its impact and how it affects a lot of aspects in our daily life,” said MENRE Minister Akmad A. Brahim.

Environment Management Services Director Jalani M. Pamlian reiterated the importance of science and evidence-based approach in addressing environmental issues such as climate change “by means of integrating vital data like the community and entity-level Greenhouse Gases (GHG) inventory.”

“If we have the necessary data then we can manage developing solutions to climate change. One cannot manage something that is not measured, which is the very principle guiding the GHG Inventory,” Pamlian added.

The training-workshop highlighted the following subjects:

1. Causes, effects and impact of climate change on Coastal Marine System, Agriculture, Human Health, Water Resources, Forests/Biodiversity, Industry and Energy;

2. Major greenhouse gases, namely Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), Nitrous Oxide (N2O), and Ozone (O3);

3. Defining boundaries from organizational and operational as well as determining direct and indirect emissions from emission sources; and

4. Estimating basic sources of GHG emissions from mobile and stationary combustion, purchased electricity and business travels, Energy and Transport sectors.

Last 20 September, Team KlimaLAKASan, from the Policy Transformation Lab of the AIM-MDM program conducted the Webinar on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for a Climate-sensitive Development Planning in BARMM” as part of their capstone project. Due to the request of attendees from the BARMM, the Team KlimaLAKASan conducted this 2-day in-person capacity-building activities as a culmination of their capstone.