By: Lilibeth A. French

THE Canadian Urban Institute’s (CUI) “Metro Iloilo Guimaras Bioregion Initiative” project ends this month but it leaves tangible results and lessons on watershed, disaster risk reduction management and climate change adaptation.

CUI turned over the project outputs to key partners in the city and province of Iloilo and Guimarasin an exit conference August 20 in Iloilo City.

The outputs include three knowledge products:“State of Tigum-Aganan Watershed Report”, “Handbook in Preparing SOWR in the Philippines”, and the “Water-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: A Training Manual.”

The three-year bioregion initiative is a project of the CUI with the Metro Iloilo Guimaras Economic Development Council, Tigum-Aganan Watershed Management Board, Iloilo provincial government, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources. It started in March 2010, two years after typhoon “Frank” hit the country, particularly the city and province of Iloilo including Guimaras.

The devastation brought about by typhoon “Frank” prompted local government officials to take action and put in motion the Metro-Iloilo Guimaras Bioregion Initiative with technical support from the CUI.

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