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