HYDROLOGY EXPERTS IN SEA PUSH LOCALIZED MEASURES VS CLIMATE CHANGE
MANILA, NOVEMBER 23, 2007 (STAR) Hydrology experts from Southeast Asia on Wednesday pushed for localized research and adaptation measures on climate change.
Dr. Leonardo Liongson, director of the National Hydraulic Research Center of the University of the Philippines, said considering the relatively small budgets of governments in the region including the Philippines, research and adaptation measures should be based on specific impact of climate change in the respective area.
Liongson said it is the government’s responsibility to push for “research and adaptation strategies on meeting the challenges and hazards of climate change.”
“Every country has different adaptation approach, the bigger the population, the harder the implementation,” he said, adding that the government cannot do it alone without financial support from the private sector.
Liongson said providing alternative livelihood and relocation sites to affected communities will also be included in the program.
The Philippines is hosting this week the 15th regional steering committee meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Program for Southeast Asia and the Pacific at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila in Makati City.
Liongson said this is an advantage for the Philippines as many stakeholders from the water sector, both public and private, were able to participate in the conference.
Meanwhile, Liongson urged the government and the private sector to intensify water management in the country since a problem of water supply is one of the major effects of climate change.
Ramon Alikpala, executive director of the National Water Resources Board, earlier urged major players in the water sector to enhance water management especially in river basins.
Alikpala said there are nine areas in the country that might experience water shortage in the coming years due to improper use of water and the growing population.
These areas are Metro Manila, Angeles City and Baguio City in Luzon; Iloilo, Bacolod and Metro Cebu in Visayas; and Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga City in Mindanao. – Helen Flores
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