Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Southeast Asia (CChAMSEA) Framework News



BALI, Indonesia – Ms. May Soe Oo and Mr. Sem Savuth, both SEARCA scholars, participated in the 7th International Conference on Integration of Science and Technology for Sustainable Development 2018 (ICIST2018) held on 26-29 November 2018 at The Patra Bali Resort and Villas, here. The conference with the theme, "Water conservation, Biological Diversity, Food Safety, and Agriculture," was organized to initiate an international network among academic members, researchers, scientists, and others interested in science and technology. It provided a venue for knowledge exchange and discussion for students and academicians seeking new vision and insight among related topics. 

Read more: SEARCA scholars bag Best Oral Presentation awards


SEARCA, ASEAN Secretariat, AWG-SF Secretariat, SDC, and Partners during the ASFCC Planning Meeting in Bogor, Indonesia

BOGOR, Indonesia – The ASEAN Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) held its annual Planning Meeting to discuss operational plans for 2019, the program's final year of full implementation. Held in Bogor, Indonesia on 18-21 November 2018, the meeting likewise deliberated on ways to ensure synergy in the implementation of planned activities, including coordination in communication of programmatic messages and effective dissemination of ASFCC outputs. It discussed plans for institutionalization and sustainability of achievements beyond Phase III, the final stage of the program. 

Read more: SEARCA participates in the ASEAN Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC)...



SEARCA, in partnership with the Camarines Norte State College (CNSC), organized the International Conference on Research and Extension (ICONRE 2018) held last 8-10 November 2018 at the CNSC Main Campus, Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines. 

Read more: SEARCA Co-Sponsors ICONRE 2018



LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines – Twenty-seven young scientists and 10 experts serving as mentors from eight Southeast Asian Countries are meeting in a two-day workshop to enhance on-going collaborative research on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Agriculture Sector. The workshop, titled IFS-SEARCA Mentoring Workshop on Collaborative Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, is organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) through its Knowledge Management Department-Training Unit (KMD-TU) and Research and Development Department; and the International Foundation for Science (IFS) based in Sweden. It is held at the SEARCA Headquarters on 20-21 November 2018. 

Read more: Young Scientists Meet with Experts for Mentoring on their Collaborative Research on Climate...



BOGOR, Indonesia – The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) awarded a travel grant to Ms. Jennet E. Razo, PhD in Environmental Science student at UPLB, for her participation in a summer program at Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Indonesia. The UC allocates funds each year to qualified lecturers or graduate students for travel to another participating UC member university

Ms. Razo participated in the 12th International Summer Course Program for Agriculture and Ecosystem Resilience to Environmental Disaster toward Regional Sustainability on 2-10 September 2018. The event was organized by the Graduate School and the Center for Disaster Studies of IPB, the University of Rukyus, and Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

Read more: PhD student benefits from University Consortium (UC) Travel Grant


Ms. Siriluck Thammanu taking lead in the forest field survey.

Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) provide support in terms of food, medicine, livelihood, and overall well-being to around 23 million people who live in national forest reserve areas in Thailand. There are more than 10,000 registered community forests in Thailand covering a total area of 904,540 hectares, and the Royal Forest Department allows local people to collect NTFP from their registered community forests. Recognizing the potential of NTFP, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), which manages the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF], supports the Royal Forest Department in addressing the research gaps in NTFP.

Read more: SEARCA-ASRF Grantees promote sustainable utilization of Non-Timber Forest Products in Thailand



The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Regional SEARCA Alumni Association (RSAA) convened the 4th RSAA Conference with the theme Food Security, Climate Change, and Poverty Reduction: Initiatives towards Sustainable Agriculture and Resilient Communities in Southeast Asia. With funding from the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim, Germany, the Conference was held on 8-9 October 2018 at the SEARCA Headquarters. More than 75 participants from 11 countries attended the event where SEARCA alumni and other researchers shared ongoing initiatives and experiences in finding solutions to food insecurity, climate change impacts, and poverty in the region.

Read more: SEARCA co-organizes the 4th RSAA Conference


SEARCA and VSU together with the LGU Inopacan. (Left to right) Mr. Gualberto Matin-ao, Agricultural Technician; Dr. Jose Medina, Overall Program Coordinator; Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, On-site Project Coordinator; Mr. Benedick Lawagon, Agricultural Technician and Mr. Anecito Asencion, Municipal Agriculture Officer. (L-R, seated) Ms. Patricia Ann A. Pielago, Project Assistant; Ms. Melanie Matin-ao and Mr. Rico B. Dotollo, Agricultural Technicians.

INOPACAN, LEYTE, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture is co-implementing the Piloting and Upscaling Effective Models of Inclusive Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (ISARD) program with Visayas State University (VSU) Visayas Consortium for Agriculture and Aquatic Resources Program (ViCAARP) and the local government of Inopacan, Leyte (LGU Inopacan). The program aims to strengthen the linkages among farmers, industry players, and government institutions in achieving ISARD outcomes of food and nutrition security and poverty alleviation. 

Read more: SEARCA showcases agricultural progress of pilot ISARD activities in Inopacan, Leyte


SEARCA, the project team, and members of the Tampik Janda Baik Eco-Forest visiting the project site Ulu Tampik, Lentang Forest Reserve.

PAHANG, Malaysia – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), which manages the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund (ASRF), conducted a project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) visit in Kuala Lumpur and Pahang, Malaysia on 13-14 September 2018.

Read more: SEARCA conducts project monitoring and evaluation visit in Malaysia


16 August 2018. Meeting with the project partners on the assessment of the technical implementation report.

The Joint Master Degree – Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC) project team held its meeting with the project partners from SEARCA and SupAgro at KU on 14-15 August 2018. KU and SEARCA, as the co-coordinators of the project, presented updates regarding the students enrolled in the course. Important issues, which needed clarifications from the project team were also tabled. The two-day event also discussed the result of the assessment of the technical implementation report from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and how its comments and recommendations would be addressed. Furthermore, additional information and clarifications with regard to the implementation of the project were deliberated in the meeting.

Read more: MSFSCC Project Team holds meeting at Kasetsart University


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