Water talks (My Blog Action Day Post)

Posted on October 16, 2010


I am re-posting the Ateneo Website article I wrote titled “Come Hell and High Water: The Challenge of Freshwater Resources” for My Blog Action Day post for this year. I think this is apt in the Philippine setting.

Water talks

date posted: 2010-09-07 17:32:35
By Michelle Camille Correa, UCPRO and Joanna Ruiz, LSVPO

3rd S.C. Johnson-Ateneo Environmental Leadership Forum tackles water management

“Water is very difficult to manage because it means many things to many people,” said Dr. Fabian Dayrit, dean of the School of Science and Engineering, during the 3rd S.C. Johnson-Ateneo Environmental Leadership Forum.  Dubbed “Come Hell and High Water: The Challenge of Freshwater Resources,” the talk was held on September 2, 2010 at the Leong Hall of the Ateneo Loyola Heights campus.

Because water as a resource means different things to different people, the best approach to managing it, according to Dr. Dayrit, is to adopt the stakeholder approach, which takes into account the concerns of those directly connected to water. In this case, these are the government, the private sector and the community. These stakeholders were represented in the forum by the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), the Manila Water Company and the Save Lake Lanao Movement, respectively. Laguna de Bay in Luzon and Lake Lanao in Mindanao were the freshwater resources in focus.

Bebet Gozun, the forum moderator, stressed the urgency of…CONTINUE READING HERE.