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

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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.

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Workshop participants and the workshop management team with Ms. Myriam Fernando of GAP-CC/GIZ standing at the back (3rd from right) and Ms. Amalia Agustina representing the ASEAN Secretariat at her right. Mr. Shyam Paudel of RECOFTC, standing at the back (2nd from right), serves as Lead Facilitator for this workshop.BANGKOK, Thailand – Eight technical officers and eight executives representing the ASEAN Sectoral Working Groups in Forestry and in Crops in seven Southeast Asian countries participated in the second roll-out of the Training Workshop for AFCC Working Groups: Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Plans and Investments. The Training Workshop took place at the Regional Community Forestry Training Center (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand from 24-26 September 2013. The participants come from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Funded by the German-ASEAN Programme on Response to Climate Change: Agriculture, Forestry, and Related Sectors (GAP-CC)/Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and RECOFTC as partners, the workshop seeks to establish a climate proofing methodology at the regional level, which will be piloted for development plans and projects in the agriculture and forestry sectors to ensure food security.

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15 ASEAN agriculture representatives participate in climate-proofing workshopLOS BAÑOS, Philippines — Fifteen representatives from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Sectoral Working Group (ASWG) in fisheries and in livestock participated in the first of two workshops on “Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Plans and Investments” held on 3–5 September 2013 at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.

The theme will be the same for the second workshop to be hosted by the Regional Community Forestry Training Center (RECOFTC) based in Bangkok, Thailand on 24–26 September 2013, with participants from the ASWG in crops and forestry.

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The VIAA workshop participants, resource persons, and workshop management team with Mr. Mozaharul Alam of UNEP seated at the center, with Dr. Puja Sawhney of APAN at his left, and Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz of UPLB and SEARCA at his right.Twelve technical officers and two executives from focal Climate Change offices in seven Southeast Asian countries completed a workshop on Vulnerability, Impact and Adaptation Assessment (VIAA) for Climate Change: Approaches, Methods and Tools on 10-12 July 2013 at Meliã Hanoi Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. The officials and technical staff came from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam and belong to the Southeast Asian Network of Climate Change Offices (SEAN-CC) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Co-organized for SEAN-CC by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), the workshop provided an overview of the approaches, methods and tools in vulnerability, impact and adaptation assessment as inputs to planning of adaptations to climate change.

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Participants of the One-Day Appreciation Course on CCAM from DA-MRDP headed by Deputy Director, Engr. Arnel De Mesa (first row, centermost), together with Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, SEARCA's Deputy Director for Administration (first row, sixth from right), Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, Program Head for Research and Development (first row, fourth from left), and Dr. Maria Celeste H. Cadiz, Program Head for Knowledge Management (first row, fifth from left).LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Thirty-one staff from the agriculture sector in Mindanao attended a One-Day Appreciation Course on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation on 18 June 2013 at Sam Arng Seminar Room. The participants came from the Department of Agriculture-Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) led by Deputy Director, Engr. Arnel De Mesa.

The Appreciation Course was organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), cognizant of its mandate to promote a learning culture among agricultural and rural development professionals and leaders.

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searca-held-back-to-back-activities-of-the-idrc-project-on-climate-changeThe Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) currently implements the Philippine component of the cross-country project titled “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia” funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) . Now on its third and final year, the Project held its dissemination and sharing seminar back-to-back with the local training-workshop on “Adaptation Project Proposal Development and Fund Mobilization” from 25 to 28 June 2013 at Richmonde Hotel, Ortigas, Pasig City. A total of twenty-one participants from the project’s partner Local Government Units (LGUs) and the academe attended the seminar and training workshop. The Project Team from SEARCA and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) led by Asst. Prof. Maria Emilinda Mendoza facilitated the conduct of the activities.

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Dr. Jose M. Yorobe, Jr. at the enumerators’ training in Echague, Isabela held on1-2 May 2013.Corn is the second most important crop in the Philippines. About 14 million Filipinos prefer white corn as their main staple and yellow corn accounts for about 50 percent of livestock mixed feeds. Some 600,000 farm households depend on corn as a major source of livelihood (Department of Agriculture 2011). Corn is also processed into high value products, such as cornstarch, corn syrup, corn oil, gluten, and snack foods.

From 1995-2004, droughts, floods, and typhoons had wreaked havoc on crops resulting to cumulative losses of about PHP 7.2 billion for corn farmers. The poor are more severely affected by the disasters brought about by climate change because they live in areas that are more vulnerable to floods. They are primarily engaged in agricultural production and they have the least access to risk-sharing support services such as insurance.

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As part of its long-term commitment to improve the capacity of Southeast Asian institutions working towards agricultural and rural development to respond to climate change, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) together with the Regional Community Forestry Training Center (RECOFTC) based in Thailand, served as co-trainors with ECO-Consult and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in the conduct of the training on “Regional Multipliers and Advisors: Integrating Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into Development Plans and Investments.” This took place in Bogor, Indonesia on 12-17 March 2013. SEARCA was represented by Dr. Daylinda B. Cabanilla, Professor, Department of Social Forestry and Forest Governance, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Los Baños and Ms. Rosario B. Bantayan, Program Specialist, Knowledge Management Department-Training Unit.

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SEARCA, as the thematic node for agriculture of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), is actively participating in the ongoing sub-regional conference on “Trends in Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Asia” in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 5-6 February 2013. Organized by APAN and ICLEI-Local Government for Sustainability with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the conference is aimed at showcasing and sharing knowledge on climate change adaptation activities in the Southeast Asian region by bringing together selected cross-country focal points on climate change that include policy-makers, local governments, and experts.

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The project management team of the IDRC-funded project Capacity Building to Adapt to Climate Change. From left to right-Dr. Bui Duc Tinh, Hue College of Economics, Dr. Heng Naret and Mr. Cheb Hoeurn of Royal University of Phnom Penh, Dr. Bessie Burgos of SEARCA, Dr. Bui Dung The, Overall Project Coordinator from Hue College of Economics and Dr. Carrie Mitchell of IDRC.The country leaders and overall coordinator of the project “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia” convened in Hanoi on 24-25 January 2013 for a project management meeting with Dr. Carrie Mitchell, Senior Program Officer, Climate Change and Water Program (CCW) of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The three-year project, which aims to build local capacity to adapt to climate change through participatory action research, is funded by the IDRC through the CCW Program and the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA).

Prof. Emilinda Mendoza, Philippine Project Leader presenting the accomplishments and plans of the Philippine component of the IDRC-funded project 'Capacity Building to Adapt to Climate Change'The project covers three provinces in Southeast Asia focusing on the dominant climatic hazards affecting agriculture in the study sites: drought and flooding in Kampong Speu province in Cambodia, typhoon and flooding in Laguna province in the Philippines, and typhoon and flooding in Thua Thien Hue province in Vietnam. The Philippine component is implemented by SEARCA through a team of experts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) while the Vietnam and Cambodia components are implemented by Hue College of Economics and Royal University of Phnom Penh, respectively.

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