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

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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