FORMULATION OF DAVAO RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN
(DRB : 2013 - 2014)


Client and Funding Source: Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR XI)
Contract duration: 2013 - 2014
Sample Activities: watershed management planning; social and environmental safeguards; institutional development

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Trends indicate an emerging threat of water scarcity caused by rapid urban development and population growth, degradation of watersheds, and limited investments in water infrastructure. The formulation of a master plan for the management and development of Davao River Basin (DRB) was aimed at addressing these threats particularly on water security and flooding. The DRB is the second biggest basin in the Davao Region and is eyed as potential additional source of water supply for Davao City and hydropower for Mindanao.

The approach in the formulation of the master plan was anchored on the integrated water resources management (IWRM) approach. This integrated approach ensures a holistic view of the physical area and the socio-economic situation in the river basin, and puts emphasis on upland-lowland/urban-coastal interactions. It solicits participation and engagement from upland-to-lowland, off- and on-site stakeholders to harmonize individual and collective actions of various stakeholders, address multi-sectoral concerns, and improve local environmental governance. OIDCI deployed a multi-disciplinary team of experts for the conduct of this study.

The 15-year Davao River Basin Management and Development Master Plan provides guidance on appropriate management mechanism, institutional arrangements, and capability building measures, for effective and sustained implementation. The master plan includes interventions and investments in water resources and watershed management, forestland/uplands management, biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk management, and livelihoods and other economic activities. It also recommends an appropriate and sustainable governance structure and system for the river basin that covers portion of Bukidnon, Davao del Norte and Davao City, and offers a system and structure for effective coordination, complementation, and sharing of resources among the concerned local government units, national agencies, non-government and private sectors.

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