Project Upturn
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who are the target users of the platform? While the main target users are the local government units in the Philippines, the platform can be used by a wide range of users: national government agencies, entrepreneurs, academe, and anyone who intends to know and learn more about climate change solutions.
What is considered a climate change solution in Project Upturn? A climate change solution should be an intervention, measure, action, activity, technology, or policy that addresses/lessens/reduces climate-related risks and impacts, and/or builds the adaptive capacity/resilience of communities against climate change. Project Upturn focuses on climate change adaptation, with mitigation as a co-benefit.
How were the solutions selected? For the initial contents of the platform, the Project Team gathered materials from Scopus and EBSCOHost and filtered the articles based on an eligibility criteria. For instance, only materials published from 2005 were included. Those that passed the criteria were further subjected to further assessment. Only solutions that are supported by evidence/data that it can work, whether simulated/modelled or actually implemented on the ground, are posted on the platform. The platform will also allow users to contribute climate change solutions. These will be reviewed by the Center before it will be publicly posted.
Is the inventory of climate change solutions in the platform comprehensive or exhaustive? Although it is the intention of the Project to provide a comprehensive list of climate change solutions, the beta version will first contain solutions from peer-reviewed materials. More solutions coming from different sources will be added by the Center. We also encourage the public to submit solutions they have tested, tried, and/or implemented.
Can I contribute climate change solutions? Yes, you may submit climate change solutions which you have tested/simulated and/or done in your community. You just need to create an account, fill-out a form, and submit your entry. (You will be guided on how to accomplish the form.) The Center will review your submission and contact you in case we will need more information.
How are the solutions evaluated? Project Upturn assesses the solutions based on effectiveness, technical feasibility, cost, flexibility, and acceptability. To know more about the rating system, you may visit this link.
Will the platform help me select and prioritize solutions? When you create an account, you will be asked for your location, climate hazards, and adaptation sectors of interests. The platform will then shortlist solutions according to your selection. However, this does not mean that you can simply replicate the solutions. Users still need to assess the appropriateness of the solutions. Solutions may have worked in the context it was implemented. Hence, effect/impact might vary when used in a different location. Nonetheless, future iterations of this platform will allow users to test a combination of solutions that will result in higher resilience potential for the community.
What are the limitations of the Project? Information about solutions that came from peer-reviewed materials are limited to the references available to the Project Team. The Center has not checked whether the solutions are still on-going. It is best to check with the concerned implementing agency/agencies. Solutions cannot simply be replicated from one community to another. Hence, you will see information such as climate hazard, scale of use and location to better understand the context of how a particular solution worked in that case study.
Why should I sign-up for Project Upturn? Only by creating an account will you be able to see the full contents of the platform! By signing up, you will also get to save solutions you are interested in, download information about the solution, and even contribute.
What other features will Project Upturn have in the future? The Center is developing a tool to help users determine their resilience potential based on the chosen combination of climate change solutions. The platform will also be interoperable with the eCCET Helper, an online decision support tool developed by the Center that facilitates the climate change expenditure tagging process by providing users with a prioritised shortlist of CCET typologies for more strategic tagging.