The Philippines: Urban Socio-Ecology in Metro Manila

A Research project by FUTUREPROOF-IDEAS
June 2015

Slum socio-ecology in Metro Manila an exploratory characterisation of vulnerability to climate-change related disasters in the urban context
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
2015

As cities, especially coastal megacities, continue to grow often through rapid unplanned urbanisation, populations are increasingly concentrated in climate change-affected hazard-prone spaces. How these populations interact with their environments will ultimately influence their vulnerability to climate-related disaster. Yet the interdependence between human and environmental systems, especially in the urban slum context, is under-researched and represents an important gap in our understanding. Using a socio-ecological system approach provides a holistic framework to understand vulnerability.

This research has three main aims: 1. Characterise slum socio-ecology; 2. Identify urban socio- ecological indicators; and 3. Geospatially map available socio-economic and biophysical vulnerability indicators of Metro Manila, Philippines as a proof-of-concept.

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