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


SEARCA-ASRF and ASRF-Cambodia project team with Mr. Long Ratanakoma, AWG-SF Focal Point and Deputy Director of the Department of Forest and Community Forestry, FA, MAFF. (second from right)

SIEM REAP, Cambodia – A project being implemented under a grant from the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund (ASRF)Community Forestry in Cambodia – A review of community forestry contribution to local livelihoods after 25 years of development, was visited by members of the ASRF Project Management Team on 17-19 January 2019. This project was endorsed to the ASRF by the Department of Forest and Community Forestry (DFCF), Forestry Administration (FA), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) to review and assess the history of Community Forestry (CF) development in Cambodia and its impacts on local livelihoods. It is expected to produce key recommendations on community forestry best practices to ensure provision of benefits to local people and sustainable forest management. 

Read more: SEARCA-ASRF supports Cambodia in developing case studies on community forestry's contribution to...



SEARCA, Los Baños, LAGUNA – An endless queue of women in colorful garbs and earthen jars nestled over their heads, waiting turns to fetch water from a shallow river in Myanmar for "donation", was adjudged the best photo from over a thousand submissions from 10 Southeast Asian countries in the recently concluded 12th annual SEARCA Photo Contest. 

Read more: "Water donation" photo bags first prize in Southeast Asian photo contest


Mrs. Ir. Erna Rosdiana, AWG-SF Leader of Indonesia and Director of the Directorate of Social Forestry Area Preparation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF], funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and managed by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), has awarded grant to Indonesia for the project titled Developing Mangrove Forest Environmental Education Program for the Ecotourism of JuruSebrang Community Forest in Belitung. 

Read more: ASRF Awards Grant to Indonesia



BANGKOK, Thailand – Initial talks between the Acting President of Kasetsart University (KU) and officials of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) focused on how the two institutions will help poor Southeast Asian farmers by combining KU's Knowledge of the Land Program anchored on the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) and SEARCA's approach to promoting inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD). Dr Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., former SEARCA Director, and now Senior Fellow, presented his concept proposal on this new regional program he developed. 

Read more: Thai university initial talks with SEARCA shape new agri dev't program for Southeast Asia



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


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