The Shell Powering Progress Together forum that was held for the first time in Asia last February 6, 2014 in Manila, Philippines, analyzed the country’s situation in the context of the food-water-energy stress nexus and reflected on the destruction brought by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the strongest recorded typhoon to hit land, that brought into perspective the Philippines’ vulnerability to the impact of climate change.
With over 300 thought leaders from business, government and civil society across Asia Pacific in attendance, the forum emphasized the need for innovative methods and exploring new technology that would help build more resilient cities, especially the Philippines’ capital city Manila which is —according to a collaborative study, “Climate Risks and Adaptation in Asian Coastal Megacities” by the Asian Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the World Bank—is one of Asia’s megacities to face massive flooding incidents affecting millions of people if climate change trends continue without appropriate risk mitigation programs.
Aside from giving a clearer picture of where the Philippines stands in the context of resiliency, the Shell Powering Progress Together forum offered ideas on building the country’s resiliency against climate change through innovative solutions and collaborative action.
Building partnership for resilience
Shell joined hands with Manila Observatory for a partnership project that will expand the latter’s existing network of Automated Weather Stations (AWS) and strengthen it as part of the Shell Powering Progress Together advocacy under the theme of climate change resilience.