via The Philippine Star, 11 November 2023: The Ifugao Rice Terraces in the Philippines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are facing significant threats due to climate change, including changing temperatures, depleted water sources, and increased storm severity. To address these challenges, a conference titled “Climate Risk and Resilience at the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras” was organized, emphasizing the integration of scientific, local, and indigenous knowledge to develop sustainable solutions.
From Oct. 10 to 14 in Banaue, a conference entitled “Climate Risk and Resilience at the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras” was organized by Preserving Legacies and ICOMOS Philippines in partnership with National Geographic Society, Climate Change Network, and funded by Manulife.
A diverse population of participants in attendance tells of the urgency that climate change has had on the rice terraces and has attracted worldwide attention. Representatives from the local governmental units of Kiangan, Hungduan, Mayoyao, Bangaan, Batad, and Banaue, stakeholder’s organizations, and local community members were in attendance, along with natural and heritage site custodians from Cambodia, Togo, Colombia, the United States, Ireland, Jordan, Bangladesh, and Tunisia.