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Reducing the risk of floods and landslides in the Philippines

Population pressures and the over- and misuse of natural resources has resulted in widespread ecosystem degradation and led to the increased risk of (elongated) floods and landslides. In four sites in the Philippines, both urban and rural, we are working to reduce the risk of these water-related disasters.

Action Description:

Problem to be solved

The Philippines is one of the worst affected countries in the world in terms of climate-induced disasters and environmental degradation. It ranks 3rd among 173 countries in terms of disaster risk and natural hazards and 10th on the climate change vulnerability index.

The problem in short: deforestation, mining and development of hard structures in river basins and on hillsides have led to erosion, siltation and a reduction of run-off areas. In the Metro Manila area, this results in long-lasting floods in highly polluted, residential areas inhabited by the urban poor. In the rural areas this results in floods that last longer, affect larger areas than before, and lead to decreased water quality and an increased risk of landslides.

Where we work

The target areas range from mountainous regions in the Northern Cordilleras, to the urban slums in the Manila area, to a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance (the Agusan marsh), a lake system (Lake Mainit) and a coastal area (Claver) on the island of Mindanao.

Aim of our work

Our aim is to strengthen community resilience, empower civil society and influence policy, in order to make communities, landscapes and institutions less vulnerable to disasters.

Our approach

Together with our partners, we work on sustainable disaster response and prevention measures. An in-depth inventory of the status and trends of ecosystem functioning in targeted areas is underway to better understand how services provided by the natural environment support reduced disaster risk. In order to ensure long-lasting benefits from our work, we involve government organisations and (local) environmental NGO’s to incorporate our approach.


Check back to see our achievements as our work progresses.

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