GIZ Philippines Hosted a Learning Visit from GIZ India and Pakistan
Four technical advisors of GIZ – three from the Integrated Climate Risk Insurance (ICRI) project in India (Mr. Ivo Litzenberg, Ms. Parul Singh, and Mr. Sauvik Dey) and one from the project on Strengthening Climate Adaptation and Resilience (SAR) in Pakistan (Ms. Alyna Nawab), came to the Philippines for a learning exchange with the E4DR project.
The visitors were welcomed by Mr. Immanuel Gebhardt (Country Director) and by Dr. Nicole Kranz (Cluster Coordinator Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management), upon arrival in Manila.
The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) regional office in Eastern Visayas, the main implementing partner of the E4DR project, welcomed the visitors in Leyte and provided them an overview of the socio-economic profile of the Philippines and of the region. The visitors were able to understand the E4DR project cooperation landscape, target outcome, indicators, core activities, and progress of project implementation. Moreover, the NEDA team elaborated its roles in the project implementation, e.g., coordinate the technical implementation of the project, integrate EbA approaches to the regional development plan (RDP), two provincial development plans (PDPFP),15 comprehensive development plans (CDPs) and/or 15 comprehensive land use plans (CLUPs).
SAR Pakistan and ICRI India presented its respective projects. As a learning exchange, the NEDA – GIZ E4DR project core team had the opportunity in learning from other GIZ projects that are implementing climate risk adaptation measures.
A hybrid learning session was conducted where the visitors sit in the same room and colleagues from SAR project Pakistan joined the discussion online. Resource speaker from the Philippine Catastrophe Insurance Facility (PCIF) narrated its journey in the CRI product development and in setting up a consortium of 16 general insurance companies in the Philippines that will bring the product to the market. The bundled typhoon (parametric) and fire (indemnity) insurance product will provide cash assistance to residential owners when typhoon categories #3 to #5 occur, and additional cash assistance will be provided in the event of loss due to fire.
Typhoon insurance is highly relevant for the province of Leyte in Eastern Visayas region which was the epicenter of super typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda). Haiyan struck 10 years ago on November 8, 2013, killing at least 6,300 people in the country.
On the 2nd week of the learning visit, Alyna (SAR Pakistan) joined the E4DR project team in a provincial workshop that were participated in by technical officers of various local government units and government agencies. The ICRI India colleagues, on the other hand, continued its learning exchange with another GIZ project in the Philippines and discussed about geographic information system (GIS) and its application for climate risk adaptation.
The knowledge exchange visit of GIZ colleagues from India and Pakistan to the Philippines, which started as a virtual knowledge exchange, is an effort of the CRFI task force and the E4DR project in the Philippines.
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