Assessment up on the vulnerability of the Maasin Watershed to climate change

August 26, 2010 11:23 am 

ILOILO CITY, Aug. 26 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other stakeholders are now in the process of making assessment on the vulnerability of the Maasin Watershed to climate change.

The assessment is part of the five-day on going training on “Millennium Development Goal –Fund (MDG-F) 1656: Strengthening the Philippines Institutional Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change” focusing on the agriculture and the forestry sector.

DENR regional technical director Alicia Lustica said they will be evaluating how prone the watershed is to landslide, erosion, flooding and forest fire, among others.

She added that the watershed has a complete ecosystem thus making it ideal for a study that seeks to determine the impact of the climate change from upland down to lowland areas.

Once completed, Lustica said, they will be making recommendations to concerned local government units and stakeholders.

It will be integrated with the results coming from other sectors to include the coastal, health and water.

Lustica shared that Iloilo’s Maasin Watershed was pre-identified as pilot assessment area including two others from Camarines Sur and Agusan del Norte for the agriculture and fishery sectors.

Also the output in the ongoing survey will be presented by the University of the Philippines Los Banos to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) which tapped the former for the particular project.

The NEDA was commissioned by the United Nations and the Spanish Government to handle the program. (PNA)

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