Thursday, January 10, 2008

Rainwater Harvesting Technology for Iloilo, Philippines

The Philippine province of Iloilo has forged a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for the application of Rainwater Harvesting Technology in the Tigum-Aganan Watershed Area, to test effects on water supply and mitigate adverse effects of climate change.

The province is represented by the Iloilo Watershed Management Council (IWMC), under which the direct implementing body will be the Tigum-Aganan watershed board. The Tigum-Aganan watershed catchment area which is also the pilot area for the clean water act designed by the Philippine government, will be used for demonstration purposes.

The MOU primarily aims to enable the Philippines to adapt to the impacts of climate change on water by assessing the rainwater potentials under different climate change scenarios, through six sets of GIS maps and by demonstrating rainwater harvesting application for minimizing these impacts.

The IWMC is expected to implement field project in the Tigum-Aganan for harvesting rainwater through improved terraces, ground and surface water recharge, adoption of sustainable forest management practices and increasing awareness on benefits of rainwater harvesting.

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