Flood risk in urban centers across the Philippines is increasing due to changes in ecological and hydrological processes. Both global and local drivers are intensifying these changes. Climate change is triggering an increase in hydro-meteorological hazards. Local land cover degradation, urbanization, conversion of floodplains and inappropriate hydro infrastructures have all increased our vulnerability to hydrological hazards.
In order to design appropriate responses the role and function of riparian ecosystems in regulation of flood is required to be understood not only in both spatial and temporal contexts, but also in socio cultural and economic contexts. This paper will look at emerging evidence based approaches from landscape ecology and ecohydrology to develop community driven low cost interventions that can better understand and measure land use degradation and direct land use management actions that can aid sustainable flood risk reduction.