Zambo qualifies for WWF's 'One Planet, City Challenge' Print
Thursday, 13 July 2017 12:12

Zamboanga City is one of the ten cities in the country that has successfully qualified to join in the 2017-2018 edition of the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) ‘One Planet City Challenge’ (OPCC), a global challenge that recognizes cities for initiatives that lead to global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

Officials from the WWF-Philippines led by Atty. Angela Consuelo Ibay, Climate and Energy Programme personally relayed this information to Mayor Beng Climaco during a courtesy call in City Hall Tuesday afternoon on the sidelines of a 2-day workshop on the OPCC registration procedures and documentation.

Formerly the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC), the OPCC is a biennial global challenge that recognizes cities for developing infrastructure, housing, transport, and mobility solutions to power global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

Zamboanga City joins the cities of Makati, Paranaque, Naga, San Carlos, Pasig, Batangas, Catbalogan, Davao and Tagum in the list that qualified for the OPCC based on criteria set that include high level of ambition and ability to deliver on commitments and transformational change, ability to integrate actions into coherent and overarching climate action plans, determination to align with a transparent, science based GHGF emission reduction trajectory and innovative approaches to addressing urban mobility.

As qualifiers, the 10 cities will now be a part of the official list of global entries that will be evaluated by an international jury of experts on areas ranging from urban planning and transport to consumer behavior and energy systems.

Meanwhile, Ibay and team is in the city to orient the agencies concerned on OPCC registration process and documentation of the city’s programs and projects that have bearing on climate change adaptations and mitigations.

Participants to the workshop-orientation are TWG members and members of the Zamboanga City Airsheds Governing Boards with the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) as lead agency.  (Sheila Covarrubias)