Climate Change Program

Climate change is the most pervasive environmental threat of this age. Strengthening Strenthening governance and policymaking, especially at the local level, is vital to help create climate-resilient communities.

The Ateneo School of Government, a professional school of the Ateneo de Manila University, is introducing a Climate Change, Development, and Environmental Governance Program, which aims to develop leaders in both the public and private sectors and strengthen their capabilities in formulating and implementing policies, plans,  and programs to effectively address climate change.

This program is specifically designed for decision-makers and planners in government, and practitioners in the fields of:

    • Climate Change Policy
    • Environment
    • Agriculture & Fisheries
    • Coastal Resource Management
    • Energy
    • Forestry
    • Solid waste management
    • Disaster risk management

Through this Program, the School provides institutional support to Philippine national government agencies, local government units, NGOs, and private companies to build their capacities in increasing resilience and reducing vulnerabilities to the negative impact of climate change.  The School also works with international and local partners on various climate change-related projects namely Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM), reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD-Plus), climate change adaptation, and disaster risk management.


At the end of the program, students and stakeholders should have been able to:

  1. Develop a deep appreciation of fundamental concepts and principles on environmental governance and sustainable development as the overarching framework for addressing climate change;
  2. Increase their level of awareness and understanding of climate change such as the science, its causes, and impact/effects;
  3. Understand policy responses to climate change both at the international and national levels;
  4. Learn the basics of assessing vulnerabilities to climate change and accounting greenhouse gas emissions;
  5. Acquire specific science and technology, economic, and policy tools for formulating effective policies and designing responsive plans and/or programs on climate change and apply such tools in actual implementation;
  6. Translate critical climate-related information into concrete policies, plans, and/or programs; and
  7. Increase appreciation for best practices on environmental governance, local governance, and social accountability in decision-making and planning processes.


Interested individuals or groups may take any of the following tracks:

The academic track will enable students to earn a Masters in Public Management degree, specializing in Climate Change, Development and Environmental Governance. This specialized programs is composed of four (4) core courses, four (4) specialized courses, and three (3) elective courses, each of which will be taught in 32 class-hours.  At the end of the course, students will get to consolidate and apply learnings in a Governance Innovation Project.


This is a training-based offering under the Jaime V. Ongpin (JVO) Executive Education Program of the School.   This is composed of four (4) modules, and completion of all modules will earn the student a diploma.    


Students who have obtained four (4) diplomas under the JVO Executive Education Program will be eligible for a Masters in Public Management degree. 



  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Capacity Building in the Philippines

This Project managed by ASoG aims to achieve the following goals: (a) strengthen the capacity of LGUs in developing co-benefit CDM projects in the area of waste management; (b) strengthen the capacity of coordinating and managing entity in developing CDM Programme of Activities (PoA); and (c) Assist the negotiation process for the purchase of certified emission reduction (CER) by the New Energy and Industry Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

  • Technical Support and Capacity Building for the Philippine Delegation to the 15th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The School provided advisory support to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Climate Change (OPACC) in the form of technical advice and capacity building for the Philippine delegation to the 15th Conference of Parties held in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009. This was done via two major activities – the Seminar-Workshop on Shared Vision, geared towards understanding the major issues discussed under the 4 building blocks of climate change (mitigation, adaptation, financing, technology transfer and capacity building), and the Capacity Building on Negotiations in the Climate Change Convention aimed at enhancing the Philippine delegation's basic negotiation skills.

  • Social Accountability: Connecting citizens and governments for effective climate change response

ASoG and the Affiliated Network on Social Accountability (ANSA) Program partnered and organized a forum that launched social accountability (SAc) as a novel principle and process for providing the harmonious convergence needed towards identifying, developing, and implementing effective and responsive climate change solutions.  The forum was held on December 16, 2009 at Copenhagen, Denmark.

The forum highlighted the important role of citizens in ensuring accountability in the use of resources that will flow into to climate change initiatives.  Experts shared lessons learned from REDD negotiations, the importance of civil society alliance building  in democracies, and the application of SAc tools in adaptation and mitigation in South Asia.

  • Advocacy and Support Work for the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Law in the Philippines

ASoG, in partnership with the Disaster Risk Reduction Network Philippines (DRRNetPhils) and with funding support from Christian Aid, implemented a ten-month Project that aimed to elevate the importance of disaster risk management at the policy level and endeavored to develop a DRR national policy and mainstream DRM/DRR into development policy and planning.  Advocacy and lobbying efforts successfully culminated in the signing of the DRRM Bill into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last May 2010.  The new law shifts the focus from emergency response to disaster prevention and risk reduction as a way to address the vulnerability of the country to natural disasters. 




    1. Never Again Ondoy and Pepeng 1: What we must do (October 2009)
    2. Never Again Ondoy and Pepeng 2: Enact the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Law! (October 2009)
    3. Never Again Ondoy and Pepeng 3: Make Disaster Risk Reduction & Management a National Multi-stakeholder Project (October 2009)
    4. Never Again Ondoy and Pepeng 4: Addressing the Roots of the Havoc in Urban Areas (October 2009)
    5. Never Again Ondoy and Pepeng 5: Climate Change, the Elephant in the Room (October 2009)
    6. Climate Change: Up close and personal (August 2010)
    7. High noon in Cancun (November 2010)
    8. The Cancun Dawn (December 2010)
    9. Is the forest decision (REDD+) good enough? (December 2010)
    10. Wild nights in Cancun (December 2010)

News and Updates

    1.  ASoG conducts training on GHG Inventory and the Clean Development Mechanism (June 2010)
    2. "An Inconvenient Truth", the Asian edition: Adaptation is the missing piece (June 2010)
    3. Building capacities on the Clean Development Mechanism (September 2010)

Papers and Publications

    1. The Future of REDD Plus: Pathways of Convergence for the UNFCCC Negotiations and Partnerships (October 2010)
    2.  From Copenhagen to Cancun: Challenges and Prospects for the UNFCCC Negotiations (November 2010)
    3. The Cancun Agreements: Do they advance global cooperation on climate change? (March 2011)


    1. Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction: The Hard Choices

A lecture delivered during the University of the Philippines Academic Congress, “Beyond Leadership: Public Administration and Governance (Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction: Trends, Challenges, Lessons, And Response Options)"  held on February 1-5, 2010 at Malcolm Theater, College of Law, UP Diliman, Quezon City