Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Public Lecture on Collaborative Governance of Urbanizing Watersheds by Leonora Angeles, PhD

Collaborative Governance of Urbanizing Watersheds: 
International Comparative Cases and Lessons for Angat River Basin, Bulacan
Leonora Angeles, PhD
School of Community and Regional Planning and 
Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice
University of British Columbia

GT Toyota Asian Cultural Center Auditorium, Asian Center, University of the Philippines-Diliman

20 July 2012 (Friday), 3-5 PM

The public is cordially invited to attend the lecture "Collaborative Governance of Urbanizing Watersheds: International Comparative Cases and Lessons for Angat River Basin, Bulacan" by Dr. Leonora Angeles. Please read further for the abstract of her lecture.

This lecture is organized by the Asian Center and co-sponsored by the UP Third World Studies Center.

The state of Angat River Basin demonstrates a classic “tragedy of the commons” problem in a complex adaptive system that belongs to multiple jurisdictions in a context highly vulnerable to environmental collapse and climate risks.  To provide insights on potential responses to collaborative governance challenges in the Angat River system, this study compares three international cases– Tigum-Aganan in Iloilo, Philippines; Billings Water Reservoir in Sao Paolo Brazil; Ayquila-Armeria River system in Mexico–detailing their collaborative governance models, which has been shown to be an effective strategy to grapple with the challenges of fragmented and siloed agencies dealing with water management.  The research draws key lessons and recommendations for Angat River Basin region. A key lesson is the need to rescale governance at the sub-basin scale while connected to the larger basin-wide Pampanga River Basin in order to allow for the engagement and participation of local governments and village level leaders but also citizens, civil society, academe, informal settlers and indigenous peoples in watershed management and governance.

Leonora Angeles is Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Community and Regional Planning and Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Please click here for Prof. Angeles' CV.

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