Conducted by ERDB
Completed on 2010
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This report presents the completed studies under the Banner Program 1 on Vulnerability Assessment of Characterized Watersheds in the Philippines for the period 2007-2010 covering 14 regions of the country. A total of 44 vulnerability assessment studies were completed by the research sector during the 3 years of implementation of the program. In terms of island grouping, Luzon (CAR, 1, 2, 3, 4A, 4B and 5) completed 20 studies while the Visayas and Mindanao regions completed a total of 24 studies. Some studies started during the period but were not completed due to various reasons were considered continuing studies for 2011 by the regions concerned. Watersheds are important source of water for power, irrigation, and domestic purposes. It is considered an appropriate planning unit as it integrates various ecosystems (forest, grassland, upland farms, rivers/lakes and coastal). As such characterization of watersheds and the formulation of an integrated watershed management plan is a key task of the forestry sector of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. For sustainable development of the watershed, identification of the most frequent hazards taking place and determining its locations can play a vital role in assigning development and rehabilitation priorities. Vulnerability assessment therefore is an important tool in determining important projects or interventions for incorporation to the integrated watershed management plan and can be effectively utilized in the planning for sustainable development of watersheds and conserving its natural resources. In all the regions assessed the most common hazards are landslides, erosion, forest fire and flooding. Regional teams were formed in all the regions in the implementation of the program. The members came from the different sectors of the DENR regional and provincial offices.