|To cope with the external force of unexpected water-related disasters and intensification due to climate change, the concept of disaster resilience is indispensable in addition to suppressing hazards. This manuscript presents an operational methodology and practice case for enhancing flood resilience and bridging the gap between local society and science community.
The Platform on Water Resilience and Disasters in the Philippines, which is an institutional framework among all relevant stakeholders on water-related disasters, has been enhancing flood resilience with the support from the International Flood Initiative (IFI) by developing an Online Synthesis System for Sustainability and Resilience (OSS-SR) and fostering Facilitators who can interlink between local society and science community. The primary contents of OSS-SR for Davao City emphasized real-time flood forecasting and the climate change impact assessment according to local needs. The OSS-SR has also been used as a tool to engage stakeholders and communities through the visualized system for flood inundation information and the e-learning function to foster Facilitators.
Through the cooperation of practitioners and academia for the open science in e-learning workshops and training, the Platform was able to come up with and implement a design of a robust flood forecasting system and four criteria to gather facilitators. A robust flood forecasting system is one that imports satellite-based rainfall as a backup alternative in addition to ground gauge. Four criteria realized governance building for comprehensively coping with extreme water-related disasters by effectively gathering candidates of Facilitators from different disciplines and sectors in the local communities.