Reforestation eyed to mitigate El Nino
by RG Alama
Davao City (24 March) -- Davao City 1st District Councilor Leo Avila III said that reforestation and increasing the city's dwindling forest cover is way to mitigate the effects of El Niño.
During an interview at Kapihan sa Dabaw at Café Rhysus SM Davao last March 22. Avila said that El Nino has affected most of agricultural lands in the city. He also said that he has received reports that water levels of certain rivers in the city have gone down.
Avila said that forest acts to hold on to water putting them into an aquifer and preventing them from becoming run-off water.
The chair of the environment committee of the Davao City Council estimates the forest cover of the City to be only 12% thus the need to preserve the remaining forests or implement a reforestation program.
The city has enacted a watershed code which prohibits land conversion and development to identified watersheds in the city. The biggest watershed is the Talomo watershed which recharges about 80% of the Dumoy Aquifer, the main source of water supply in the city.
Currently the City Council is amenable to amending the watershed code which would allow the development of the Hedcor hydropower plant and a Davao City Water District facility that aims to tap the waters of Tamugan.
However Avila said that although they are open to amendments the council, he said will make sure that the topmost priority is the protection of Davao City's precious water resources. (PIA) [top]