OCTOBER 24-26, 2023

A 3-day Congress aiming to enhance the partnership and joint research and development endeavors among Asia-Pacific partners in the management of watersheds. Specifically, it targets to exchange information and experiences on watershed management in the Asia-Pacific Region, gain knowledge on innovative methodologies and technologies in attaining climate resilient watershed, and generate inputs for the enhancement of integrated watershed management and development plans.

This event is organized and hosted by the Forest Ecosystems Research Division (FERD) of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) under the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).


Rehabilitation and Restoration of Degraded Watersheds

This session hopes to highlight the exchange of advanced ideas on set principles and recommended actions to promote and encourage management, restoration, rehabilitation, and sustainable utilization of degraded and secondary forests as a component of sustainable social and economic development.  It hopes to provide R&D information to guide watershed planners to integrate innovative restoration, conservation, and management of degraded watersheds at the local and landscape levels.  

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Climate Resilience and Sustainable Watershed Management

The resilience of watersheds reflects the ability of the social and economic systems (SES) to absorb climatic disturbances and to reorganize themselves and maintain within the current domain or transform to another new stable domain in both ecological and social dimensions.  Management of watersheds to climate change requires a thorough understanding of the state and dynamics of the SES in response to climatic change.  Watershed components that increase resilience often correlate with practices that improve the ecosystem health of a watershed.  

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Nature-based Solutions in Watershed Management

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are a wide range of sustainable actions to protect, manage, and restore natural and modified ecosystems. They are beneficial to both the ecological community and human society as they harness natural processes provided by an ecosystem to address both environmental and societal issues, such as climate change, disaster risk, food and water security, biodiversity loss, human health, and economic development. Hence, NbS are progressively recognized as effective and cost-efficient interventions to help establish resiliency. Nonetheless, evidence and assessment of its effectiveness are still insufficient, especially in the Global South. 

This session aims to share results from R&D endeavors assessing NbS strategies and effectiveness to help address the aforementioned gap.  It also covers political, institutional, and governance-related conditions that facilitate or inhibit effective NbS.  

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Policies, Legislations, and Institutional Arrangements in Watershed Management

Policies, legislations, and institutional arrangements in the management of watersheds are a challenge for the government. Watersheds are strategic areas necessary for economic, social, cultural, and environmental conservation interests. The sustainability of social-ecological systems depends in part upon the fit between institutions, the problems they are meant to address, and the contexts in which they operate. Institutional and policy research on integrated watershed management has been carried out in several countries. Most countries have initiated natural resources sector reform programs that stress comprehensive watershed management based on integrated water resources management (IWRM) principles, user involvement in government, cost recovery, and sustainable resource use. Nonetheless, the overlapping roles between the central and local governments in watershed management have resulted in sectoral conflicts. 

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Last Updated on March 08, 2023