An ecosystem-based resilience analysis of Infanta, Quezon, Philippines

Noralene Uy, Rajib Shaw

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Abstract

The case for ecosystem approaches in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation is strongly argued because losses can be reduced and safer and resilient communities built by ensuring resource sustainability and enhancing ecosystem resilience. Recognizing the interdependencies of ecological, physical, economic, social and institutional actors and that community-level perceptions can shape adaptation actions, a study is conducted through a survey of 36 village councils in Infanta, Quezon, Philippines utilizing a questionnaire covering 5 dimensions, 25 parameters and 125 measures selected based on the local context of Infanta to gain an understanding of the level of resilience in mountain, riverine, urban, agricultural plain, estuarine and coastal ecosystems. Results show that overall resilience levels of ecosystems lie between 3.08 (medium resilience) and 3.26 (high resilience) on a scale of 1 to 5. The coastal ecosystem demonstrates the highest resilience while the mountain ecosystem shows the lowest resilience. Furthermore, spatial analysis of 36 villages in the ecological, physical, economic, social and institutional dimensions show that resilience levels vary from 2.57 (low resilience) to 3.51 (high resilience). On the whole, overall resilience levels in the 36 villages exhibit high levels in the social dimension and low levels in the economic dimension. By assessing the resilience of ecosystems as attempted in this study, a baseline is determined where entry points for adaptation actions that are responsive to prevailing ecosystem conditions can be identified, positive and negative factors addressed and gaps and opportunities acted upon to enhance the resilience of Infanta's ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages719-722
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society, IDRC Davos 2012 - Davos, Switzerland
Duration: 2012 Aug 262012 Aug 30

Other

Other4th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society, IDRC Davos 2012
CountrySwitzerland
CityDavos
Period12/8/2612/8/30

Keywords

  • Ecosystem resilience
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation
  • Resilience analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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    Uy, N., & Shaw, R. (2012). An ecosystem-based resilience analysis of Infanta, Quezon, Philippines. 719-722. Paper presented at 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society, IDRC Davos 2012, Davos, Switzerland.