During the said consultation, a contract was signed between the HELP (Hydrology for Environment, Life and Policy) Davao Network represented by the Chairperson, Hon. Marissa Salvador-Abella and the Director of UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Dr. Shahbaz Khan witnessed by the members of the network along with a consultant from UNESCO.

According to Dr. Khan, Davao City has the capacity to become resilient to climate change. In his keynote speech, he stated, “I do not need to take anything from you or you don’t need to take anything from me except for our knowledge and understanding. Linking with Davao is the best ever part of my journey. Take leadership. Own a city. Own a river. Link with the community. Take your action. And start working with your local watershed people. And that’s what Davao has done. We need to spread the word. We need the world to understand, it’s not the money, it’s not the infrastructure. It is the change of the mindset which will change the world in a better way. And that’s what United Nations (UN) stands for, UN is you and me. If we work together, we can make the world a much better place.’

Participated by 109 stakeholders including the Local Government Units (LGUs), National Government Agencies (NGAs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), People’s Organizations (POs), Academe, flood prone barangays identified by the DREAM LiDAR and the Media Partners, there was an active participation, exchange of experiences, learning and initiatives.

Furthermore, the key stakeholders conducted a tree planting activity along the river banks of Matina Pangi River which was greatly affected by a flash flood in the year 2011.

“We start with a small action but comes with a big impact”, Dr. Khan.