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Unity for the Rivers of Asia

September 21st, 2011 Posted by water 0 thoughts on “Unity for the Rivers of Asia”

I had the opportunity to attend the Third Water Environment Partnership in Asia International Workshop being held at the Mandarin Hotel from today til tomorrow. We just finished Day One, and all I could say is that it was great having had the chance to listen to environment leaders from other countries in Asia as they discuss their policies, interventions, and plans to put an end to the water quality management problem they are experiencing.

I realized that we have the same problems as with other countries. They too have solid waste management problems with their garbage ending up in their waterways. They too have algae problems. They too have problems financially. They too have problems as far as information is concerned. They too have problems having their people partner with them to rehabilitate their waters.

But know what’s the best thing we have in common with our neighboring countries? It is that we all want our waters clean and that our countries are exerting effort and introducing interventions to ensure proper water management.

I specifically like Malaysia’s initiatives. They have this major Melaka River Project which rehabilitated and really, really beautified the river and its bed. They laid tiled paths and cool lighting systems, and even introduced a ferry service. I was really in awe. I thought it would be really really lovely if the Philippines could do that too.

Ahhh, wishful thinking right now but who knows, maybe in the near future, we could have such a project as well. The Laguna Lake Development Authority presented a 2020 Plan, primarily a large-scale rehabilitation project of the Laguna Lake, with housing projects, wharfs, and greenings, aside from of course, water rehabilitation. If this Plan prospers, it would be the best for the country, for with the Laguna Lake cleaner, we would have safer, better, cleaner water.

PS: I just don’t have a photo at the moment but will update this post once I get one from my friend.

Iva Maurin

Iva is a Communications Specialist with an over-a-decade experience in environmental community work in the Philippines. As an environment educator, she focuses on events organization and IEC materials development. She’s now based in California and works in publications in San Francisco. She’s also the Creative Content Editor for the Global Filipino Network.

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