Community-based Early Warning Systems (CBEWS)
Water Level Monitoring and Early Warning System
Climate Adaptation Effectiveness
Buklod Tao developed this project due to frequent flooding in the area. Upon its implementation, there were no reported flood-related casualties. This demonstrates that the established community-based EWS is effective .
- Extreme Rainfall
- Rain-Induced Flooding
- Barangay Banaba, San Mateo, Rizal, Region IV-A (CALABARZON)
- Disaster Risk Reduction
- Action Delivery
Target Group based on Vulnerability
- Formal Labor and Migrant Workers
- Indigenous Peoples
- Persons with Disabilities
- Senior Citizens
- Urban Poor
- Workers in the Informal Sector
- Youth and Students
Economic / Financial Effectiveness
Based on Nepal’s Karnali River Basin case study, the cumulative value saved due to EWS can amount to PhP49,500 per household. To maintain such benefits, each household only needed to pay an annual fee of about Php33.5 for five years. Monitoring of the costs and benefits suggest that an earlier forecast would lead to increased savings outweighing the costs of the EWS .
In order to implement this solution, an installed EWS and water level monitoring stations is required. The whole community would undergo training and seminars to inform them how the EWS functions, what the warning levels are, and what actions to execute with each warning level.
The partnership of the LGU and Buklod Tao made the installation of EWS possible. It was widely accepted by the community because it allowed for zero casualties and minimized damages during flooding scenarios. The community was able to establish its own system for each water level warning and was able to help each other intimes of crisis .
There is no direct environmental impact for this solution.
This is ideally implemented in combination with slope stabilization of riverbanks and evacuation measures.
There is no direct mitigation co-benefit for this solution.
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