There is a water crisis, which is aggravated by a flawed governance of water resources.

Thus argue researchers from the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), UP System and De La Salle University (DLSU) in a book titled, Winning the Water War: Watersheds, Water Policies and Water Institutions.

The book, which is a compilation of studies conducted under the auspices of the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program for Southeast Asia (SANREM-CRSP/SEA), stresses the need to empower local government units and communities to solve the water crisis.

To solve this problem, the book offers an integrated approach that looks at the problem of water from both the supply and demand aspects. It espouses the adoption of the watershed-based approach to water resources management since the effects of human interactions on the environment can be analyzed through this framework. Land-use activities, water uses, and other upland disturbances often result in a chain of environmental impacts that can readily be examined within the watershed if managed as a unit.
The book, which is published by the PIDS and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), is priced at P295.00 each and is available and can be purchased at the PIDS Office, NEDA Makati Building, 106 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. Interested parties may also inquire at the PIDS Publication and Circulation Division (tel. nos. 8924059, email:

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