The Manila Bay Coordinating Office (MBCO) sent delegates to the 6th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum held last 17-19 October 2018 at the Asian Development Bank Headquarters in Manila.

The Forum, organized by the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), together with the Climate Change Commission of the Philippine, the Republic of Palau, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the UN Environment tackled what needs to be done to continue to enable resilience for all. More than 1,000 delegates and speakers from over 50 countries around the world gathered together to interact, share experiences, and learn from each other to strengthen their commitments toward a more climate change resilient region, echoing the theme for this year’s forum “Enabling Resilience for All: Avoiding the Worst Impacts.”

MBCO Executive Director Donna Mayor-Gordove was one of the speakers in the parallel session on Resilience of Natural Ecosystems: Learning from the Implementation of EbA Interventions in the Restoration and Conservation of Ecosystems. She shared the journey of and lessons learnt by the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program Focal Persons in the mainstreaming of EbA in their respective Area-Based Management (ABM) and Water Quality Management Area (WQMA) planning process.

Director Gordove was also a presentor during the Asia Water Forum 2018 (AWF 2018) held at the Asian Development Bank last 02-04 October 2018. She shared the experiences and accomplishments, including insights, of the DENR in complying with the Supreme Court mandamus order to clean up, rehabilitate, and preserve Manila Bay, and restore and maintain its waters to SB level to make them fit for swimming, skin-diving, and other forms of contact recreation.

The Asia Water Forum is organized by the Asian Development Bank to enhance the awareness and capacities of sector practitioners through knowledge sharing. This year’s Forum aims to discuss ways to identify and adopt innovations that best address the requirements for a water-secure Asia and the Pacific, and to keep the profile of water high on the region’s development agenda.

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