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REECS Collaborates with ICLEI and UNDP on Philippines Circular Economy Framework
Judel Ramirez and Dr. Gem Castillo
February 29, 2024

The collaborative efforts to finalize the circular economy framework for the Philippines involved meticulous adjustments and refinements to ensure comprehensive coverage and alignment with national priorities. The iterative process of revision, guided by inputs from DENR, NEDA, and UNDP's Dr. Corrado Topi, led to a more concise and targeted document of just over 50 pages (from a previous document of over 100 pages long, including annexes), effectively addressing key concerns and intricacies related to the Philippine context. The major focus during revisions centered on the arrangement and length of each section, emphasizing the need for the framework's applicability within the unique socio-economic and environmental landscape of the Philippines. Specific aspects such as building blocks and agenda were tailored to resonate with the country's conditions, policies, and capabilities. This adaptation ensures that the circular economy framework becomes a practical and effective guide for sustainable development tailored to the needs of the Philippines.

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REECS supports the ATSEA-2 to combat environmental threats to the Arafura and Timor Seas Region
Danniel A. Figueroa and Maria Corazon M. Ebarvia
December 05, 2023

The Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action – Phase 2 (ATSEA-2) is a GEF-financed and UNDP-supported project designed to enhance regional collaboration in the Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) region, including the integration of Papua New Guinea. ATSEA-2 aims to reverse the detrimental effects of transboundary environmental threats through regional coordination and the implementation of the 10-year Strategic Action Program (SAP), which was adopted in 2014. The ATSEA-2 project is geared towards the conservation of the coastal and marine ecosystems and the integration of sustainable practices in managing resources. REECS was engaged by the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)—the implementing agency—to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed models for the regional governance mechanism (RGM), develop the financing strategy for the selected RGM model and 5-year financial plan for the updated SAP, and provide recommendations for the mainstreaming of funding allocations. To learn more about the ATSEA-2 and REECS engagement,..

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