The Philippine archipelago is made up of 7,107 islands; favorably located in relation to many of Southeast Asia's main water bodies: the South China Sea, Philippine Sea, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, and Luzon Strait. The Philippines has no land boundaries. The terrain is mostly mountains with narrow to extensive coastal lowlands. The climate is characterized as tropical marine with monsoons. Natural resources available include e.g. timber, petroleum, nickel, cobalt, silver and gold.

Key Water Issues and Challenges

  • Astride typhoon belt, usually affected by 15 and struck by five to six cyclonic storms each year
  • tsunamis
  • Uncontrolled deforestation especially in watershed areas
  • Air and water pollution in major urban centers
  • Coral reef degradation
  • Increasing pollution of coastal mangrove swamps that are important fish breeding grounds
  • Landslides
  • Destructive earthquakes

Contact GWP Philippines

Mr Djoko Sasongko,

More Information

AQUASTAT -FAO's Information System on Water and Agriculture

UN-Water Statistics


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Posted: 2012-07-26

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