Saturday, August 20, 2011

Davao hosts international symposium on water, hydro hazards

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 20, 2011) – Davao City in the southern Philippines will host the two-day International Symposium on Water and Hydro Hazards, organizers said Saturday.

The symposium on August 24 and 26 will tackle various issues and international and national experts will conduct field tours and workshops to assess what went wrong in June 29th flash floods in Davao that killed 31 people and left a massive economic damage to the city.

A high level dialogue August 26th would also be held at the Pinnacle Hotel. This will include inputs from international experts from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Asian Development Bank and the Japan Water Agency.

National input will come from the Nation Water Resources Board and the Laguna Lake Development Authority.

The dialogue will take place in a chat show format with lots of time for questions and answers from the audience, media and community members, according to organizers.

It will also discuss issues on environment, climate change among others.

The events are the culmination of 6 months of collaboration among the HELP Davao Network, UNESCO, and Davao City Government, national government agencies, including Department of Science and Technology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Economic Development Agency, civil society and the business sector. (Mindanao Examiner)

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