The 4th International River Summit

Throughout history, rivers have helped developed early civilizations in different parts of the world, paving the way to twentieth-century progress. Their waters, the various river basins and systems, all continue to play critical roles in cultivating and sustaining life to this day.

Despite the many benefits we reap from the environment, we have been remiss in its stewardship. Rapid urbanization, growing populations, and climate change have led to the exploitation, pollution, and degradation of our rivers.

As an international initiative by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), the International River Summit (IRS) was organized with the aim of ultimately improving the conditions of rivers across the globe. Along with raising awareness of the role of rivers in daily life, the summit underscores the importance of our rivers through intensified river advocacy and governance. Together with the DENR and LCP, selected host cities have partnered to hold the biennial summit.

In 2012, the first IRS held in Iloilo City led to the Iloilo Declaration, which calls for greater investment to address the challenges brought about by the impacts of climate change and rapid urbanization on rivers.

The summit in 2014 brought forth the Marikina Declaration which itemized the global, national, and local actions toward river rehabilitation and management. It was organized by Marikina City, where the Marikina River Institute was established.

The third IRS facilitated the adoption of the Cagayan de Oro Consensus, a document that focuses on the conservation of watersheds, improvement of water quality, the establishment of resilient communities, and recognizes the importance of watersheds in the health of rivers.

This year, Mandaue City is proud and honored to host the 4th International River Summit. With the theme, “Raising awareness, commitment, and resources for the rivers,” the summit emphasizes and is geared towards effective river rehabilitation management, a strengthened commitment from major institutional partners, and a closer collaboration among stakeholders for the development, management and protection of our rivers.

Awareness, Commitment and Resources for the Rivers

Mandaue City, From Local to Global

The City of Mandaue is located in the Province of Cebu in the Philippines. The city is a gateway to and from the northern area of Cebu Island, as well as to Mactan Island. It has a land area of approximately 35 square kilometers that covers a total of 27 communities locally called barangays with a total population of 362,654 (as of 2015).

Since Mandaue became a chartered city on August 30, 1969 and recognized as a Highly Urbanized City (HUC) in 1991, it has grown into a world-class destination.

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Summit Activities

Mandaue International River Exhibition 2018 (MIREX 2018)

This is an interactive river ecosystem exhibit featuring the future plans for the Butuanon River, organized by the Mandaue City local government. The exhibit will also showcase Mandaue’s best products, services and developments.

Plenary Sessions

Keynote and panel discussions of the 4th International River Summit matters for all attendees to take part in.

Breakout Sessions

In between plenary sessions, attendees will be divided into small groups to engage in brainstorming and discussion of more specific Summit issues, before returning to join the greater group.


The 4th International River Summit Program

Local Speakers

Archbishop Antonio Ledesma

Archbishop Antonio Ledesma

Chairman CDO River Management Council
Oscar S. Moreno

Oscar S. Moreno

City Mayor Cagayan de Oro City, Co-chair Cagayan de Oro River Basins Management Council, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
Atty. Antonio A.  Oposa Jr.

Atty. Antonio A. Oposa Jr.

Filipino
Cynthia A. Villar

Cynthia A. Villar

Chairperson Committee on Environment Senate of the Philippines

International Speakers

Dr. Rajendra Kumar Isaac

Dr. Rajendra Kumar Isaac

Professor Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture
Sarah Hartman

Sarah Hartman

U.S. Fulbright Scholar USC School of Engineering
Monisha Isaac

Monisha Isaac

Former Assistant Professor, Ewing Christian College, Center of Biotechnology University of Allahabad, Allahabad, U.P., India
Adrian Evans

Adrian Evans

Festival Director & Pageant Master Totally Thames London
HE Asad Alam Siam

HE Asad Alam Siam

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Embassy of the Republic of Bangladesh to the Philippines

Dr. Eva Abal

Dr. Eva Abal

Director UQ Water Initiative/ Chief Scientific Officer Great Barrier Reef Foundation
Bart van Bueren

Bart van Bueren

Founder of Deltasync, Waterarchitect and Dutchdesign
HE Igor Anatolyevich Khovaev

HE Igor Anatolyevich Khovaev

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Republic of the Philippines
Professor Floris Boogaard

Professor Floris Boogaard

Professor from the University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
Dr. Chong Khai Lin

Dr. Chong Khai Lin

Disaster Management Institute School of Technology Malaysia

Engr. Subijoy Dutta, P.E.

Engr. Subijoy Dutta, P.E.

Founding Director Rivers of the World Foundation USA
Professor Rick Heikoop

Professor Rick Heikoop

Professor from Rotterdam
Shahed Kayes

Shahed Kayes

Founding President Subornogram Foundation
Masato Morishita

Masato Morishita

Acting President River of Life - Murasaki River, Kitakyushu, Japan
Engr. Sundaresan Subramanian

Engr. Sundaresan Subramanian

Founder and President ConsultSubi USA

Accommodation

Enjoy a special rate when checking into these accommodations

Radisson Blu
Summit Venue

Bayfront Hotel
3 minutes away

Sugbutel
3 minutes away

Big Hotel
5 minutes away


Bai Hotel
5 minutes away

Summit Galleria Cebu
5 minutes away

Alpa City Suites
10 minutes away

Dohera Hotel
15 minutes away


Maayo Hotel
15 minutes away


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Contact Us

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4th International River Summit Secretariat
Ms. Jennifer S. Del Mar
Phone : +63 32 266 3113
Fax : +63 32 268 9988
Globe : +63 966 411 2814
Sun : +63 922 263 4879
Email : info@4thinternationalriversummit.org