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Workshop for Crop Occurrence mapping and Hazard validation

A project contract between the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1 and GrIDS through its President, For. Milben Bragais, was signed as an agreement to provide consultancy services for the conduct of survey and research for the preparation of Climate Risk Vulnerability in the agriculture sector of three provinces: Pangasinan, La Union, and Ilocos Norte. This project is under the flagship program of the Department of Agriculture, “Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA)” which aims for climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries sector.

The data gathering was conducted for almost a month through a series of workshops on hazard validation and crop occurrence. Each was held in the pre-selected city per province: Laoag City in Ilocos Sur, San Fernando City in La Union, and Santa Barbara in Pangasinan. The whole workshop had a total number of thirty-five attendees coming from different Municipal Agricultural Offices (MAOs) in Region 1.

Since an initial vulnerability assessment was already prepared by GrIDS Team prior to this workshop, this was presented to the participating LGUs to validate the results using their agricultural census data (i.e. agricultural damage assessment). Aside from validation, lectures on the collection and management of agricultural data were also provided as well as the basic concepts of hazard mapping and climate risk vulnerability assessment. These were all done in order to give the participants the idea of how the data collected from them will be used in the processing of outputs, and that their valuable inputs will lead to more accurate results.

Outputs from these workshops helped identify areas with varying levels of vulnerability on various climate change hazards; high-risk areas need more interventions from the government.

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