Realities of the watershed management approach: The Magat Watershed experience


D. Elazegui; E. Combalicer

Type of Document:
Research Report


Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)

Date of Publication:

Place of Publication:
Makati City, Philippines


Abstract: This paper aims to showcase the experience of the Magat watershed in the implementation of the watershed management approach. Magat watershed was declared as a forest-reservation area through Proclamation No. 573 on June 26, 1969 because of its great importance to human survival and environmental balance in the region. The Magat case demonstrates the important role that champions like the local government unit (LGU) could play in managing the countrys watersheds. With the Nueva

Viscaya province constituting 97% of the Magat watershed, the provincial government was committed to provide a strong management support system to the watershed. This involved interplay of critical elements, i.e., favorable policy and political environment, enabling social and institutional mechanisms, adequate financial support, and capable and committed actors and players.

Additional Bibliographic Information

Elazegui, D. and E. Combalicer. 2004. Realities of the Watershed Management Approach: The Magat Watershed Experience. ISPPS Working Paper No. 04-07. University of the Philippines Los Ba?os, College, Laguna, Philippines.

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