Philippine Flood Management Knowledge Sharing Forum

Background

The Philippines' fast developing cities, often located on rivers and natural drainage systems, are increasingly exposing people and property to flood risks. While industrialization, urbanization, and agricultural development in these river basins are key to economic growth, the same growth and development in these areas increase risk, exposure, and vulnerability to flooding and so pose major challenges for flood management.

Long-term solutions will require the sustained cooperation and collective action among stakeholders and agencies. Structural flood control works will need to be complemented by non-structural measures such as the improvement of flood warning systems. To reduce the flood risk in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the Department of Public Works and Highways has proposed a masterplan for specific structural and nonstructural measures consisting of a number of projects which will take up to 2035 to complete.

This forum will provide a platform for knowledge sharing of experiences, lessons and practices in flood management among national, international experts and stakeholders to support the Government of the Philippines in implementing its flood management programs for the country. Speakers and panelists will discuss issues such as climate risks, integrated flood management, innovative technologies for flood management, community-based flood risk management, and social aspects of the implementation of flood management policy and plans.

Objectives

The forum aims to:

  • discuss structural, nonstructural and institutional issues in managing floods in the Philippines;
  • share knowledge and good practices, including flood management approaches, and technologies in flood management; and
  • support knowledge exchange and views among government agencies and other stakeholders to support the implementation of the government’s flood management programs.

Organizers

The forum is being organized by ADB and the Philippines' Department of Public Works and Highways in collaboration with other government agencies.

Participants

Flood management experts representing development partners, government agencies, civil society organizations, private sector and other stakeholders will participate by invitation.