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


Guests and paper presentors during the ASEAN Forum on Urban Resilience on Climate Change Disaster Risks Reduction Strategies held on 5-7 December 2017 in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Dr. Lope B. Santos III, Unit Head for Project Development and Technical Services (PDTS), SEARCA is one of the paper presentors. Guests in the photo include Hon. Imee Marcos, Governor of Ilocos Norte; Ambassador Marciano A. Paynor, Director-General for Operations of ASEAN 2017; Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to ASEAN; Atty. Jonas R. Leones, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs of DENR; and Dr. Henry Adornado Director, DENR-ERDB.

LAOAG CITY, Philippines–Dr. Lope B. Santos III and Dr. Paulo N. Pasicolan, SEARCA Unit Head for Project Development and Technical Services (PDTS) and consultant, respectively, presented the topic Institutional Capacity Building for Urban Resiliency to Climate Change: the Case of Lower Marikina River Basin at the ASEAN Forum on Urban Resilience on Climate Change and Disaster Risks Reduction Strategies held on 5-7 December 2017 here.

Read more: SEARCA shares mainstreaming CC urban resiliency to local development planning



An ASEAN Technical Meeting and Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogue on Higher Agricultural Education, Research and Extension (ASEAN HAERE) for Food Security and Sustainability was jointly organized and sponsored by SEARCA, the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim of Germany, and the Chulalongkorn University School of Agricultural Resources (CUSAR) of Thailand. Held on 6–7 December 2017 at the ASEAN Secretariat Building in Jakarta, Indonesia and attended by 30 participants, the meeting cum workshop intended to support the ASEAN Work Plan on Education and align HAERE into the priority areas of ASEAN.

Read more: Policy dialogue pushes for alignment of agri education priorities in ASEAN


Graco Farms in Pila, Laguna produces cheese from goat's milk, but also grows other kinds of farm animals including this ostrich.

In a seemingly sleepy town of Majayjay in Laguna, Philippines, a busy farm at the foot of the mystical Mt. Banahaw never runs out of activities for sustainable livestock and crop production. Popularly known as the Costales Nature Farms, the farm also lets its visitors experience firsthand the activities in farming such as harvesting, feeding farm animals, transplanting, seed sowing, fishing, and urban gardening, prompting the Department of Tourism (DOT) to give the farm the recognition of being the first farm tourism destination in the Philippines. 

Read more: Unleashing the potentials of farm tourism to improve the lives of Southeast Asian farmers



LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA – Farm tourism opens up a whole new perspective for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) and provides hope for revitalizing the sector as a sunrise if not yet a sunshine industry in Southeast Asia.

Read more: SEARCA: Farm tourism a path to inclusive and sustainable agriculture



SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. SEARCA organized the session Pathways to the Promotion of Human Ecology in Southeast Asia as part of the 22nd International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology (SHE) held here on 28 November to 1 December 2017. The College of Human Ecology of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) hosted the international conference.

Read more: SEARCA organizes session to promote Human Ecology in SEA



The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) held its 30th Executive Board meeting on 16 – 18 November 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. Twenty-four delegates participated in the meeting hosted by Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI) in its Setagaya campus.

Read more: Tokyo NODAI hosts 30th University Consortium Executive Board meeting



AN GIANG, Vietnam- Researchers under the SEARCA Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT) Program and from the Agro-ecology Learning Alliance in Southeast Asia (ALiSEA) gathered in An Giang University in Vietnam on 6-7 November 2017 for a forum on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in the Mekong Sub-Region towards Food Security.

The Mekong Region, composed of Cambodia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, is considered by development organizations as a new frontier of economic growth due to its rich human and natural capital. This point was emphasized at the forum where researchers from various parts of the sub-region shared the results of their respective studies. Yunnan Province of the People's Republic of China is a part of this sub-region but was not part of the forum.

Read more: SEARCA and RCRD collaborate on a forum towards promoting sustainable agriculture in the Mekong...


SEARCA, AWG-SF Secretariat, SDC and Partners during the ASFCC Planning Meeting in Bali.

BALI, Indonesia – SEARCA along with the other implementing partners of the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Program Phase III participated in the Planning Meeting for 2018 in Bali, Indonesia on 12-14 November 2017. Switzerland has conferred the status of ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue Partner during the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting on 24 July 2016, and as such, will report updates about the ASFCC twice a year to the ASEAN Secretariat.

Read more: SEARCA, ASFCC Partners hold Planning Meeting for 2018 to strengthen partnership on Social Forestry


Clarissa Ruzol (first row, second from left) together with the Svenska Institutet, the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and funded participants at a reception in the Resilience 2017 Conference, Stockholm.

SEARCA awards travel grant to Clarissa Ruzol, Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Forestry and Forest Governance (DSFFG), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) to present her paper titled "Patterns leading to sustainability: the evolution of social networks in successful community-based forest management in the Philippines." This paper was one of the outputs of the project funded by SEARCA and the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) implemented by the UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) in 2016. In behalf of the paper’s main author Dr. Rico Ancog of UPLB SESAM, co-authors Ayesha Sarapuddin and For. Roel Alfredo Ruzol, Asst. Prof. Ruzol presented the paper in Stockholm, Sweden during the Resilience 2017 Conference held on 20-23 August 2017. She was also funded by the Swedish Institute and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics through the Stockholm Resilience Centre of the University of Stockholm.

Read more: SEARCA awards travel grant for the paper on use of social network analysis for sustainability of...


Participants to the pilot testing of the Project Development Toolkit and validation of Gap Analysis in Lao PDR

VIENTIANE, LAO PDR. The Department of Forestry (DoF) of Lao PDR developed a proposal to improve the guidelines on and harmonize approaches to village forest (VF) and non-timber forest product (NTFP) management during the pilot testing of the Project Development Toolkit from 26 to 28 September 2017. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)-ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF] program management unit developed the toolkit to assist ASEAN Member States (AMS) in developing strategic proposals that respond to emerging issueson food insecurity, poverty, and climate change. 

Read more: Lao PDR-Department of Forestry develops proposal to improve guidelines on and harmonize...