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 Seminar | Economic Analysis of Selected Adaptation Options to Flooding
By Ms. Jaimie Kim Bayani Arias

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Flooding has been one of the major concerns in lakeshore communities like those of the municipalities in the Province of Laguna. This problem has become more pronounced because of more intense typhoons and heavier rains brought about by climate change. In this regard, two adaptation options—Early Warning Systems (EWS) and building modification—that will minimize the impacts of climate change hazards were proven to be more economically feasible.

Assistant Professor Jaimie Kim B. Arias of the College of Economics and Management of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) piloted an economic analysis of the different adaptation options that surfaced from pre-conducted community engagement and collaboration in the the Sta. Cruz River Watershed. The site includes the municipalities of Sta. Cruz, Victoria, and Pila and parts of Pagsanjan and Calauan, as the study site for their project. According to Prof. Arias, some of these lakeshore municipalities experience long-term flooding that could last for four months. The said watershed is also home to the top three most vulnerable barangays in Laguna, based on the vulnerability assessment and mapping conducted by Engr. Vicente Ballaran Jr. of the UPLB College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology.

Read more: EWS, building modification, most viable adaptation options for Sta. Cruz River Watershed


ADSS Special Seminar | Insights, Lessons and Challenges from a Transdisciplinal Assessment of Climate Change-Related Vulnerability
By Ms. Ma. Emilinda T. Mendoza

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – “Collaborative work is necessary in vulnerability assessment,” says Assistant Professor Maria Emilinda T. Mendoza of the College of Human Ecology of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).

During the Agriculture and Development Seminar Series (ADSS) of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) held on 27 August 2013, Prof. Mendoza presented the insights, lessons, and challenges in conducting a transdisciplinal assessment of climate change-related vulnerability in selected municipalities in the province of Laguna. Her study is part of a three-year, multi-country project titled “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia” conducted by SEARCA and UPLB and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.

Laguna was chosen as the study site for this project because it is among the top 10 most vulnerable provinces to climate change hazards in the Philippines. Though the provincial government and local government units (LGUs) have made progress in responding to climate change risks through the implementation of disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) programs, the province still experiences huge losses when hazards occur; hence, the need for a more comprehensive and transdisciplinal vulnerability assessment.

Read more: Insights from a transdisciplinal approach, essential for vulnerability assessment


ADSS | Climate Change and Food Production in Asia
Dr. Krishna Jagadish SV

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Producing more rice in the future is a growing challenge for the agriculture industry in Asia especially now that the adverse effects of climate change are becoming more prevalent. 

According to Dr. Krishna Jagadish SV, Molecular Plant Physiologist in the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), statistics show that nearly 560 million people living on less than USD 1.25 a day depend on rice—most of whom are from South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia.

Driven by both population and economic growth, it is projected that an additional 116 million tons of rice will be needed to support the rice-consuming populations of the world. Thus, there is a huge demand to produce more rice in the future, but the challenges brought about by climate change such as sea level rise, floods, and increase in temperature make this goal more difficult to achieve. 

Read more: Rice production in the future, more challenging due to climate change – IRRI research


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