Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CChAM) Framework Learning Events

Learning Events

SEARCA’s Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CChAM) Framework for Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia aims to contribute to an enabled environment for rural poverty reduction and food security via built capacities and institutions that ensure climate change resiliency in agricultural production and sustainable natural resource management in Southeast Asia.

ADSS Special Graduate Seminar | Willingness to Pay for a Planned Adaptation Program to Climate Change of Farmers in Dumangas, Iloilo, Philippines: Evidence from a contingent valuation survey
By Gay D. Defiesta

Educational attainment, farm area, farm income , farm experience, knowledge about climate change, and access to credit influence Dumangas farmers' willingness to pay for a planned adaptation program to climate change. SEARCA PhD scholar and Assistant Professor Gay D. Defiesta of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines-Visayas shared these, as part of her dissertation during SEARCA’s Special Graduate Seminar Series held on 24 April 2012.

Due to its geographical location and level of economic development, the Philippines faces the challenges of climate change, thus, making adaptation programs necessary. The country’s agriculture sector, particularly its poor farmers, will suffer most from climate change unless measures to mitigate its effects are done. Coastal towns like Dumangas in Iloilo are more vulnerable to these effects. Given this scenario, Defiesta investigated if farmers are willing to pay to reduce their vulnerability, and if so, how much do they value a planned adaptation program to climate change that will specifically address their needs.

Read more: Dumangas farmers willing to pay for planned adaptation program to climate change


ADSS Special Seminar | Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Water Balance
By Dr. Edwin A. Combalicer

More hydrologic events such as rainfall and high evaporation rates are expected to occur in and around Mount Makiling Forest Watershed. This may leave profound impacts on the agricultural development, livelihood, and economic and biodiversity sustainability of the ecosystem.

This is according to Dr. Edwin A. Combalicer of the University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Forestry and Natural Resources in his presentation on Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Water Balance as part of SEARCA’s Agricultural and Development Seminar Series.

Sustainability of forest watersheds is necessary to attain ecological balance and good quality source of water to sustain both human life and wildlife. The study conducted by Dr. Combalicer revealed that the growing effects of climate change profoundly affect the water balance of Mount Makiling Forest Watershed, leaving deep impacts on its hydrologic processes. These impacts were evaluated by downscalinglarge scale climate information through the use of the Statistical Downscaling Model (SDSM).

Read more: Climate change to leave profound impact on forest water balance


ADSS | Carbon Storage and the Role in Climate Change Mitigation of Caimpugan Peatland in Agusan Marsh, Philippines
Ms. Van Leeah B. Alibo

Caimpugan peatland, like other peatlands in Southeast Asia, serves as significant carbon sink. However, evidences of peatland disturbances caused by human activities can turn it to a carbon source, causing more damage to the environment.

This is according to Ms. Van Leeah Alibo, SEARCA PhD Research Scholar and instructor at Caraga State University, in her presentation during SEARCA’s Agriculture and Development Seminar Series (ADSS) held on 3 May 2011.

Peatlands absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thus, helping mitigate climate change. When peatlands are not protected and conserved, they can become a carbon source—emitting more carbon dioxide than they absorb.

Read more: Caimpugan community encouraged to play a role in peatland conservation for climate change...


ADSS | The Philippine Climate Change Program: Updates and the Potential Role of the Academic and R&D Sector
Mr. Naderev M. Saño

The academe and the research and development (R&D) sector should have a deeper understanding of the impacts of climate change, especially at the grass roots level which needs guidance most.

This is according to Commissioner Nadarev M. Saño of the Philippine National Climate Change Commission (NCCC) in his presentation during SEARCA’s Agricultural and Development Seminar Series (ADSS) held on 19 April 2011.

Read more: Academe and R&D sector to play a crucial role in Philippine’s climate change action


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