Davao river basin : Specially appointed authorities have been set up in major river basins to control water pollution
The Davao basin covers eight sub-basins and is the main source of water for Davao City in southern Philippines. The basin supports a rich range of resources and land uses, including urban areas, agricultural land, wetlands, mangroves, tree plantations and natural upland forests. It is also a major source of raw materials for food, medicine and cosmetics, and plays a crucial role in the economy of the country as a whole.
UNESCO-HELP set up the HELP-Davao Network in 2004 to promote integrated basin management. The Network which is a member of NARBO has supported activities aimed at defusing local water conflicts. In 2010 it focused on using international initiatives such as the International Year of Biodiversity to ensure that the local decision makers remained aware of the benefits of good water management and the risks of ignoring water problems.
This is an excerpt of a case study from WaterWealth, a publication on basin management across Asia and the Pacific. WaterWealth is available for download on the
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