On 24–26 October 2017, a group of researchers from the UNU-IAS Water and Urban Initiative (WUI) visited the Philippines for consultation and training workshops. The workshops were co-organised by the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and and the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning (UP SURP). Implemented in selected Asian cities, WUI is a four-year research project, which will finish next March, that creates scientific tools to forecast the future state of urban water environments.
On the first day, a team composed of Binaya Mishra, Mohamed Kefi, Pankaj Kumar, Yoshifumi Masago, Shokhrukh Jalilov, and Misato Dilley shared key findings from their research on flood risk and damage, water quality, and water-borne health risks, using Metropolitan Manila as a case study. Their final simulation model incorporated the recommendations from the first consultation workshop that was held in Manila on 2–3 March 2017.
Two-day hands-on training workshops followed, covering the use of the Flo-2D flood management and damage assessment model, and the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) water quality model. It is hoped that these scientific tools can simulate future water quality deterioration as affected by climate change, land use change, and urban population growth to lead to strategies that can improve water quality at present and in the future.
For more information, see the news story on the UNU-IAS website.