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


PATTAYA, Thailand – SEARCA facilitated the project’s kick-off meeting for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-German Programme on Climate Change (GAP-CC) funded project titled, ASEAN Network on the Promotion of Climate Resilience in Rice and other Crops on 20 January 2014 in Nong Nooch Garden Resort, Pattaya, Thailand. GAP-CC aims to support ASEAN in further advancing the implementation of regionally coordinated strategies and policies for food security and climate protection within its Member States in agriculture and forestry sectors.

Read more: SEARCA conducts the kick-off meeting for the promotion of climate resilience in rice and other...


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – The IDRC-funded project titled “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia” covering the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam held its Final Project Workshop on 7-9 January 2014 at the Mekong View Tower, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The three-year project will conclude on 16 January 2014.

Thirty-four participants from the country research teams, local government units (LGUs), the funding agency, a non-government organization, and the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (RUPP) attended the workshop.

Read more: SEARCA participates in the concluding activity of the IDRC project on climate change adaptation


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the ASEAN-German Programme on Response to Climate Change (GAP-CC)/Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, in cooperation with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) will hold the Special ASEAN Technical Working Group on Agriculture and Research Development (ATWGARD) Kick-Off Workshop on the Promotion of Climate Resilience in Rice and Other Crops on 21–22 January 2014 at the Ebina Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Read more: SEARCA, ASEAN, GIZ Special ATWGARD to conduct Kick-Off Workshop on the Promotion of Climate...


searca-and-ergons-to-conduct-training-on-vulnerability-assessment-in-upper-marikina-river-basin-protected-landscape2222SEARCA and ERGONS Project Marketing Consultants, in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Climate Change Commission (CCC), and the Provincial Government of Rizal, will conduct a one-day training orientation on Vulnerability Assessment and NRM Methodologies on 18 December 2013 in Antipolo City, Rizal. The activity would serve as a venue for skills development and knowledge sharing to enhance the understanding, technical knowledge, and capacities of key technical staff/units of UMRBPL partner-local government units (LGUs) and Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) members.

Read more: SEARCA and ERGONS to conduct training on vulnerability assessment in Upper Marikina River Basin...


searca graduate alumni holds conference on enhancing smallholders capacity towards food security and climate change adaptationVIENTIANE, Lao PDR - The SEARCA graduate alumni have long recognized that climate change is a serious issue in the region as its affects smallholders and eventually food security. This was affirmed during the 1stRegional SEARCA Fellows Association (RSFA) Regional Conference on Food Security and Climate Change with the theme “Enhancing smallholders capacity towards food security and climate change adaptation in Southeast Asia” on 4-5 December 2013, which was hosted by the National University of Laos (NUOL) at Don Chan Palace Hotel, Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Read more: SEARCA Graduate Alumni holds conference on enhancing smallholders’ capacity towards food security...


searca joins the asfn as the newest supporting partner through the asfccBOGOR, Indonesia – The ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) is a government-driven social forestry network that links government forestry policy-makers directly with members of the civil society, research organizations, academe, the private sectors, and experts of related fields sharing the common vision of growth of social forestry in all ASEAN Member Countries. ASFN aims to promote policy and practices of social forestry for sustainable forest management and participation in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Read more: SEARCA joins the ASFN as the newest supporting partner through the ASFCC


As the IDRC-funded project titled “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia” nears its conclusion, SEARCA and UPLB Project Team held the Final Project Evaluation Workshop on 26 November 2013 at SEARCA, College, Laguna, Philippines.

Read more: Towards the Final Stretch –SEARCA organizes final evaluation workshop of the climate change...


STA. CRUZ, Philippines – The SEARCA-UPLB Project Team of the IDRC-funded project titled “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia: Philippine Component” conducted a consultation and project information dissemination meeting with the LIMASMARINA River Basin Council, Inc. (LIMASMARINA) at Max’s Restaurant, Sun Star Mall, Sta. Cruz, Laguna on 17 October 2013. LIMASMARINA is composed of the municipalities of Liliw, Majayjay, Sta. Cruz, Magdalena, Rizal, and Nagcarlan. In the meeting, the results of the project were presented and strategies on how to obtain funding support for the climate change adaptation proposals prepared during the training-workshop on “Adaptation Project Proposal Development and Fund Mobilization” held on 25 to 28 June 2013 at Richmonde Hotel were discussed.

Read more: Meeting of minds on climate change adaptation - SEARCA, UPLB and LIMASMARINA River Basin Council


JAKARTA, Indonesia-- Twenty-five officials and executives from six Southeast Asian countries representing the various stakeholders of the ASEAN Multisectoral Framework for Climate Change (AFCC) participated in theWorkshop Embedding Knowledge Management in the ASEAN,  to include the ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change (AWGCC), ASEAN Senior Officials on Environment (ASOEN), ASEAN Regional Knowledge Network on Forest and Climate Change (ARKN-FCC), ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS), ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), ASEAN Expert Group on Forest Product Development (AEG-FPD), ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries (ASWGFi), ASEAN Technical Working Group on Agricultural Research and Development Group (ATWGARD), and ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN). Joining them are representatives of strategic partners from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), and the Coral Triangle Centre (CTC).

Read more: AFCC Stakeholders discuss embedding KM in the ASEAN


LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Twenty-three researchers, technical officers/experts, and academics from five Southeast Asian countries have convened at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) for the Training-workshop on Climate Change Adaptation in Watersheds for Water, Food, and Environmental Security in Southeast Asia. The training-workshop, which is mainly sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) with SEARCA, is taking place on 15–18 October 2013 at SEARCA, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.

According to Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, in remarks read by Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, SEARCA Deputy Director, organizing this training-workshop with APAN is important because the sound management of watersheds, which make up the bulk of land area in Southeast Asia, is critical in addressing challenges in water availability for food production. Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and Philippine Representative to the Governing Board of SEARCA who is also Technical Coordinator of the training-workshop, further underscored the value of healthy, sustainable, and resilient watersheds in soil conservation, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation, which bear upon the health of the economy and of the people of a country.

Read more: Twenty-three Southeast Asians learn and share about climate change adaptation in watersheds


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