Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Policies, Plans and Investments: A Training-workshop for the Philippine Agriculture and Fisheries Sector
7-10 Oct 2014
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Background and Rationale
Among the various economic sectors, agriculture is the most vulnerable to climate change affecting billions of people who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and food security. Given the country’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and experience on extreme weather events, the Philippine government has taken considerable measures to address the growing threats to humans and adverse effects to the environment of climate change. Policy makers enacted laws and put in place a comprehensive set of policies, programs and institutions to help identify strategies and actions towards mitigation of and adaptation to global climate change.
The National Climate Change Action Plan for 2011-2028, formulated by the Philippine Climate Change Commission through the participation of multi-stakeholders, identified capacity building as one of the strategic priorities to address the issues of climate change. The Action Plan recognizes the need to build knowledge and capacities of staff and officers of agencies on climate change adaptation and mitigation, which include: 1) enhanced knowledge on the science of climate change; 2) enhanced capacity for CC adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction at the local and community level; and (3) gendered CC knowledge management accessible to all sectors at the national and local levels.
Cognizant of the various risks associated with climate change and their implications for agricultural development in Southeast Asia, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) prioritized climate change and risk management on its 9th Five-Year Plan thematic focus on natural resources management; and continues to include this as one of its focus areas under its thrust on inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development in its 10th Five-Year Plan. SEARCA’s Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia (SEA) or CChAMP primarily aims to contribute to an enabled environment for rural poverty reduction and food security through built capacities and institutions that ensure climate change resiliency in agricultural production and sustainable natural resource management in SEA.
In collaboration with government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture (DA) and other development and knowledge partners, SEARCA has conducted and implemented a range of capacity-building initiatives including regional and national training programs and an online course on climate risks in the agriculture and natural resource sector; with the end in view of not just keeping policy makers and decision makers well-informed on the impacts of climate change but also of enhancing their capacity to mainstream climate change adaptation and mitigation in national and sub-national development plans.