Romeo B. Santos, Ph.D

This paper reports the findings of a Scoping Study that was aimed at understanding the interactions between urban peri-urban ecosystems and climate change risks in the context of Marikina City, Philippines. Marikina is perennially affected by calamities and highly vulnerable to threats of both natural and man-made disasters.

The study was implemented through a small research grant facilitated under the Urban Peri-urban Ecosystem Working Group of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), a community of practice associated with Mercy Corps Indonesia and in collaboration with Rockefeller Foundation.

The study looked into the case of Marikina, a constituent local government unit, which is one among the 16 cities and 1 municipality comprising the greater metropolitan region of Metro Manila (Metro Manila is also referred to commonly as the National Capital Region or NCR), Philippines. Marikina possesses unique features that merit deeper consideration insofar as urban peri-urban ecosystem is concerned and in view of how climate change impacts the large portion of Manila metropolitan area and the country as a whole.

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