Pasig River: Finalist – 2017 Thiess International Riverprize Award

PASIG RIVER IN THE PHILIPPINES is among the top finalists in the 2017 Thiess International Riverprize Award. Spearheaded by the International River Foundation, this prestigious award is given annually during the International River Symposium in Brisbane, Australia. The award is the world’s foremost award in river basin management which recognises and rewards organisations making waves in the sustainable management of the world’s rivers, whether at the grassroots or transboundary level. In addition, the award acknowledges inspiring initiatives that demonstrate Integrated River Basin Management to restore and protect rivers, wetlands, lakes and estuaries.

(The succeeding texts were extracted from the website of the International River Foundation). The Pasig River in the Philippines connects Laguna de Bay to Manila Bay, bisecting the capital city of Manila. The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), established in 1999, is constantly conducting clean ups along the Pasig River system. In 2016 alone, PRRC collected 4,793,262.8 kilograms of solid waste from different locations along the river system. To date, PRRC has resettled 17,561 informal settler families living along the river system into decent socialized housing units in several relocation sites. Environmental Preservation Areas (EPAs) within the 10 and three meter wide public easement spaces along the banks of the river system are established. These currently developed EPAs serve as buffer zones between the river system and its adjoining areas. Dredging and desilting works are conducted to gather contaminated sediments and to maintain the navigability for ships and other watercraft. Bank riprapping and slope protection to prevent scouring and soil erosion are also implemented. The PRRC monitors water and sediment quality gathering data to assess the impact of various rehabilitation efforts and initiatives. The PRRC also identifies and conducts pilot studies and interventions that aim to improve the water quality of the Pasig River system. Most importantly, PRRC was able to recover, rehabilitate and develop 15 out of the 47 identified tributaries as of 2016. In 2017, PRRC is gearing to inaugurate at least three more project sites.

~ by reymos on September 15, 2017.

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