A team from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Tayabas City has already started the characterization and vulnerability assessment of the Lagnas River Watershed after a series of coordination with the concerned organizations and local government units covering the said watershed.

The team began the data collection for the watershed characterization which involves the physical, flora and fauna, and socio-economic assessments. The same will also work on the collection of data pertaining to the terrestrial and coastal components, hazard identification and critical factor analysis, adaptive capacity assessment, and GIS and spatial analysis, for its vulnerability assessment.

As guided by the Forest and Management Bureau (FMB) Technical Bulletin No. 16-A or the Revised Supplemental Guidelines and Procedures of Watershed Characterization and Climate Resilient Vulnerability Assessment of Watersheds and Preparation of Integrated Watershed Management Plan, this will incorporate the use of cutting-edge technologies such as remote sensing and some commonly used biophysical and socio-economic processes and methods.

It will produce a thorough grasp of the dynamics and vulnerabilities of the watershed by outlining these intricate elements. With these, CENRO Tayabas may suggest specific steps to reduce risks and strengthen the watershed’s resilience.

The said parameters are crucial in determining the holistic evaluation of the Lagnas River Watershed’s current condition and its susceptibility to stressors. Within CY 2023 the activity is expected to be completed, and the final outcome will provide the Watershed Management Council with a roadmap for developing an Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the Lagnas River Watershed.###