CITY of San Fernando, La Union. — JAN RUZEL

THE CITIES of Baguio, Makati, and San Fernando in La Union joined an international partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines for action plans that target net zero carbon emissions. 

“No matter how good our data, climate transition today is less of an information and technology issue, and more about implementation and cooperation,” the WWF said in a statement.

“Sharing knowledge, in real time, across countries, contexts and continents, about what works and what doesn’t, aligning experts within cities and across departments behind an overarching political plan and motivating everyone to take ownership, will lead to success,” it added. 

The partnership will be under the One Planet Cities project, led by WWF-Philippines and climate technology software company Futureproofed.

Under the project, the local governments of each city will “develop more impactful climate action plans while collaborating with their own city departments, residents, and other cities across countries.” 

This initiative will strengthen both external and internal collaborations and move forward to an effective climate action plan for the cities, WWF said.

The project is in line with the Paris Agreement, the international treaty on climate change, and will provide measures and policies on effective and cost-efficient actions to reduce emissions.

In February, city government officials from Baguio, Makati, and San Fernando City began working on climate change action plans with other cities from Indonesia, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson

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