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BE! Coherent

Pilot country: the Philippines

The Government of the Philippines, specifically the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), will be supported in its efforts to harmonize risk-assessment approaches and planning guidelines of different ministries that have to be used by the local government units. So far, the already resource weak municipalities and local government units are expected to coordinate all the different requirements related to urban– and spatial planning, economic development, civil protection and climate change and the underlying requirements stated in the global agendas. This leads to a lack of orientation and work overload.

Based on a clear prioritization of measures, improved planning will be translated into local project proposals that give equal consideration to climate and disaster risks (e.g. in public building codes) and can be financed through budgets that do not focusing solely on one of the topics. At the crossroads of sustainable development / the 2030 Agenda and DRM / Sendai, the Department of Tourism (DoT) in the Philippines will be supported in aligning standards for resilient tourism services and infrastructure with the existing national accommodation standards.

Pilot country: Mexico

In Mexico, the GIDRM is advising the Office of the President on how to integrate the requirements of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into the national sustainability strategy. The Ministry of Finance and Public Credit intends to incorporate DRM and climate adaptation measures more systematically into its processes for structuring, preparing and assessing public investment projects, and is being supported in this by the project. The GIDRM is assisting in the development of methodologies and processes for a) prioritizing the projects that require an in-depth disaster risk analysis, and b) integrating risk mitigation and climate change adaptation measures into the prioritized projects.

These activities, while spearheaded by the Finance Ministry, are being implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry for Communication and Transport, which represent the pilot sector, as well as the Mexican National Disaster Prevention Centre (Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres, or CENAPRED) in order to make use of existing resources, processes and capacities, and thus foster coherence.