The UP Resilience Institute

The UP Resilience Institute was established as a proactive hub of benchmark innovative information vital to the nation's efforts in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Its mission is to empower local communiites through multidisciplinary actions toward resilience.

As a response through its Memorandum No. PAEP-16-67, the University of the Philippines Board of Regents (BOR) approved on 28 July 2016 the establishment of the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP RI) to have the following functions and programs concerning multi-hazard, multidisciplinary, multisectoral, comprehensive disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM):

Research and Creative Work: undertake policy research, action research and interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research or creative work
Knowledge Sharing: disseminate research findings, creative works and innovations
Education: establish non-degree educational programs and support degree programs within the UP System
Institute Building: improve the capability of the UP System as an agent of change for disaster resilience in the Philippines and the Pacific Rim region.

Special Provision in the 2018 General Appropriations Act:

 The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute UP RI together with other state universities and colleges shall support the Climate Change Commission in training LGUs to formulate and complete Local

The UP NOAH Center

The UP NOAH Center is the core component of the UP Resilience Institute. It was formally adopted by the University of the Philippines during the Board of Regents 1325th meeting on February 23, 2017 as a research center for climate actions and disaster risk reduction and management. An Executive Order signed by UP President Danilo L. Concepcion, (EO PLDC 17-03), established the NOAH Center as a research institute in the UP System.

The vital role of UP NOAH’s work is producing freely accessible, accurate, reliable, and relevant scientific disaster data. It also highlights a multidisciplinary approach in assessing risk and using the lens of different scientific areas. This ensures that Filipinos are provided an integrative appraisal of the natural hazards that put them in danger.

"UP NOAH Center's benefits go far beyond its research value. It has literally been a lifesaver for millions of Filipinos threatened by natural disasters like floods, landslides, and storm surges. It deserves a new lease on life, and UP is happy to welcome it into its fold." - UP President Danilo L. Concepcion 

MSc Climate Change and Development

Institute of Development Studies (United Kingdom)

The MSc in Climate Change and Development is a multidisciplinary course that aims to provide state-of-the-art training for future climate change and development professionals. You acquire specialist knowledge of the causes of climate change (taught specifically for non-climate specialists), the physical and human consequences, and efforts to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Throughout, the emphasis is on the specific implications of climate change for poverty in developing countries, the processes of adaptation, and policy responses. You can develop a specialist thematic or regional enquiry in the dissertation.


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UP RI attends Philippines Country Consultation on the UN Resilience Framework

05, June 2018 / The UP Resilience Institute

The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute attended the Philippine Country Consultation on the United Nations Resilience Framework last 18...

UPRI joins 3rd Core TWG for the Philippine Blue Carbon Initiative

05, June 2018 / The UP Resilience Institute

The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP RI) together with other scientists around the country, recently conducted its 3rdBlue...

UPRI, CCC, and CVCCC work together for a resilient and climate-smart Cagayan Valley

11, May 2018 / The UP Resilience Institute

Tuguegarao City – A final workshop was held last May 3, 2018 at the Cagayan State University (CSU) to conclude...

UPRI, CCC, and Iloilo Provincial Gov’t push for Iloilo as CCA hub

10, May 2018 / The UP Resilience Institute

Iloilo City – As Project ReBUILD (Resilience Capacity Building for Cities and Municipalities and Natural Hazards) came into completion in...

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Dr. Ebinezer R. Florano is an Associate Professor of the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) and is also the Director of its Center for Policy and Executive Development. He obtained his PhD in Public Administration from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. He has two master’s degrees; one in Public Administration and the other is International Relations. From 2009 to 2014, he taught courses on climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) at the undergraduate and graduate under NCPAG.

He contributed to the multi-disciplinary multi-volume Handbook of Climate Change Adaptationwith his [own] chapter entitled “Mainstreaming Integrated Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Local Development in the Philippines."Florano

Dr. Florano recently wrote a chapter titled "Integrated L&D-CCA-DRR Framework: The Case of the Philippines” in the book “The Science of Adaptation to Climate Change.” The book analyses ongoing adaptation interventions assessed the need for adaptation highlighting climate change impacts such as sea level rise, increase in temperature, changing hydrological variability, and threats to food security.

The book also discusses the state of global legislation and means of tracking progress. It reviews ways to build resilience in a range of contexts— from the Arctic, to small island states, to urban areas, across food and energy systems. Critical tools for adaptation planning are highlighted - from social capital and ethics, to decision support systems, to innovative finance and risk transfer mechanisms. It is an essential resource material for scientists, practitioners, and policy makers working in climate change adaptation, sustainable development, ecosystem management, and urban planning.

Dr. Ebinezer R. Florano

UP National College of Public Administration (NCPAG)

Associate Professor