LWR began its work in the Philippines in the 1960s, shifting its focus to the island of Mindanao in the 1980s. Mindanao experiences high levels of poverty, is affected by natural hazards and experiences chronic armed conflict and limited opportunities for economic growth. LWR works in emergency operations, agriculture and food security, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, civic participation and water sectors in partnership with local NGOs.
The community members of Britania barangay are vulnerable to storm surges, high tides, tsunamis, and sea level rise due to the degradation of coastal mangrove areas that provide physical protection. The effects are compounded by the lack of a clear Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan to guide the community and barangay government. The weak capacity of CBOs on coastal resilience also equally contributes to the vulnerability of the families in the community.
In response to these needs, LWR will work with Kaisampalad, Inc. to enable rural Britania barangay community members to adapt and mitigate the effects of changing weather and increasingly hostile environmental conditions. The project will increase the resilience of 150 vulnerable coastal families to hydrological hazards.
- Rehabilitate 32.5 hectares of coastal mangrove forest.
- Develop, implement, and educate on a community based disaster risk reduction and management plan.
- Increase community knowledge of mangrove forest management and mangrove environmental and livelihoods benefits.