In the southern Philippines island Mindanao, VEI is contributing to the rehabilitation of the Cagayan de Oro river basin, to reduce the risk of flooding downstream. This is important for a more resilient water supply for the city of Cagayan de Oro, which was hit by flooding during tropical storms in recent years.
This human interest story tells the inspiring tale of Linda Deconlay, a member of the indigenous Talaandig Tribe, who is participating in reforestation work implemented by VEI’s partner organization Hineleban Foundation in the Ridge to Coast, Rain to Tap project. These activities not only restore the ecological and hydrological balance in the area, but also increase food security and income for the local communities.
In this project, VEI collaborates with the Sustainable Water Fund, a programme from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency uses the Sustainable Water Fund to stimulate public-private collaboration in the water sector on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.