According to the United Nations, “Sustainable Development Goal 6 is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” As climate change begins to significantly endanger our water resources, more long term solutions are in demand to quickly answer an impending crisis.
The International Disaster Conference 2019, organized by Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), has invited leaders and experts to tackle two tracks of water-specific phenomena on November 21, 2019 at The Peninsula Manila.
Too Little Water
The water crisis is the lack of fresh water to supply demand to people, animal, and environment. Climate change and the increasing heat index per year contributes to the rapid drying of water resources.
Metro Manila is currently experiencing a water crisis dating back to the beginning of the Summer last March 2019. Water services were cut off from city to city to save water supply. There is worry among Manila’s water services of its supply for next year as the crisis continues until today, despite the rainy seasons.
Too Much Water
Along with the ongoing Metro Manila water crisis, the city is also prone to flash floods. Clogged drainage and sewer systems are the main causes of flooding in busy streets and populated areas.
Cleaning solutions are being done in different cities, initiated by their local government units. However, there is a need for solutions that can solve its root problems of single-waste usage and enforce citizen discipline.
Among those in attendance for the International Disaster Conference 2019 is United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representative Titon Mitra, President of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) Butch Meily, and President and Dean of AIM Dr. Jikyeong Kang.
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