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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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Dr. Herminia Francisco solicits the Laguna Provincial LGU’s official stand on the option of permanent evacuation and relocation of affected residents as an adaptation strategy to flooding, as members of the research team listen. (From left to right: Mr. Valentine Guidote; Ms. Rowena Dorado, Project Research Assistant; Prof. Emilinda Mendoza, Project Country Leader; and Dr. Herminia Francisco)SEARCA, through its Research and Development Department (RDD), is implementing the Philippine component of the project Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia, which is funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) through the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA). This three-year project which started in January 2011 aims to build capacity for research, planning, and action with respect to climate change adaptation in three Southeast Asian Countries: Cambodia, Philippines, and Vietnam. Twelve municipalities in Laguna compose the project area in the Philippines. Now in its second year of implementation, the project is looking at adaptation options to flooding and the economics of these options.

In line with the array of alternatives and their cost-benefit analysis, the Philippine Project Team composed of Professors Emilinda Mendoza, Jaimie Kim Bayani Arias, and Vicente Ballaran, together with EEPSEA Director Dr. Herminia Francisco and SEARCA’s Acting Program Head for Research and Development Dr. Bessie Burgos, consulted with the Laguna Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator’s Office (PPDO) and the Sta. Cruz Mayor’s Office, and visited a relocation site and several of the barangays greatly affected by flooding in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

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About 150 researchers, academicians, policymakers, and development workers representing 21 countries across the globe attended the International Conference on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Food and Environmental Security held on 21-22 November 2012 at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Los Baños, Philippines.

The scientific meeting was jointly organized by SEARCA and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) through its Interdisciplinary Program on Climate Change (IdPCC), with the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), supported by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan along with other partners, as major sponsor.

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Participants of REDD+ Regional Workshop. Front row, left to right: Ms. Amalia Agustina, Ms. Rattana Lukanawarakul, Dr. Suchitra Changtragoon, Ms. Catherine Corpuz, Dr. Nur Masripatin, Dr. Elizabeth Philip, and Dr. Mariliza V. Ticsay. Second row, left to right: Dr. Lope B. Santos III, Mr. Trieu Van Luc, Mr. Delon Marthinus, Dr. Guillermo A. Mendoza, Dr. Kinnalone Phommasack, Ms. Remedios Evangelista, Ms. Mayumi Natividad, Mr. Suntra Hang, Mr. Hlaing Win, and Dr. Chanhsamone Phongoudome. Third row, left to right: Dr. Jeremy Broadhead, Mr. Kamnap Phan, Mr. Le Anh Hung, Dr. Samsudin Musa, and Dr. Min Maung Tin.The Regional Workshop on “Strengthening ASEAN Mechanisms for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD plus)” was conducted on 1-2 November 2012 by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) for, and in coordination with the Agriculture Industries and Natural Resources Division (AINRD) of the ASEAN Secretariat, with funding support from the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II).

The 2-day workshop was held at the Atlet Century Park Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, and was attended by two representatives each from the following ASEAN Member States (AMS) --Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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Present during the contract signing were (seated, from left) Mr. Anders Pettersson, ADB Senior Procurement Specialist and Chief Negotiator for the Director; Dr. Ancha Srinivasan, ADB Principal Climate Change Specialist, Southeast Asia Department; and Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, as well as (standing, from left) Ms. Imelda L. Batangantang, Ms. Nancy L. de Leon, and Dr. Lope B. Santos III, all staff members of the SEARCA Project Development and Management Department (ProDev).SEARCA has recently signed a contract with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to implement the project titled Technical Assistance 8111 PHI: Climate Resilience and Green Growth in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL): Demonstrating the Eco-town Framework (46225-001).

The UMRBPL covers an area of 26,125.64 hectares bordered in the West by the Lungsod Silangan Townsite Reservation and Pamitinan Protected Landscape; in the Southwest by the Integrated Social Forestry Program; on the South by the Alienable and Disposable Lands; in the East by Kaliwa Forest Reserve; and in the North by the Angat Watershed Reservation. The watershed is a mountainous terrain with Marikina River as the main waterway influencing the Rizal province and flows in the southwest direction towards Laguna Lake.

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Dr. Guillermo A. Mendoza (rightmost), REDD+ expert, presents the principles, approaches, and proposed methodologies for “Strengthening ASEAN Mechanisms for Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD-plus)” project during the Inception Meeting held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. Others present during the meeting were Dr. Nur Masripatin (third from left), Ms. Pouchamarn Wongsanga (center), Ms. Amalia Agustina Mimbar (third from right), Dr. Khin Maung Nyunt (second from right), Ms. Catherine Frances J. Corpuz (not in photo), Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr. (second from left), Dr. Bessie M. Burgos (leftmost), and Dr. Mariliza V. Ticsay (not in photo).

Mitigation efforts under a new international agreement on climate change are expected to include the REDD-plus mechanism (“Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation”, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries).

In helping advance the REDD+ initiative in the Southeast Asian region, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has commissioned SEARCA to implement the ASEAN Australia Development Cooperation Program (AADCP) Phase II-funded project entitled “Strengthening ASEAN Mechanisms for Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD-plus)”.

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To better involve its stakeholders, and enrich knowledge sharing among its users, SEARCA’s Knowledge Center on Climate Change Adaptation on Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia (KC3) soft-launched the Climate Change Adaptation Community (KC3 Community) on 13 April during the 6thExecutive Forum on Natural Resource Management: Water and Food in a Changing Environment at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna.

The KC3 Community is the newest feature of the KC3 website. It provides a platform for the users and stakeholders of KC3 to exchange knowledge to strengthen research and development, capacity building, and policy advocacy efforts.

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Prospects for cooperation on capacity-building initiatives for member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) between SEARCA and a German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)-implemented project were discussed during the visit of Dr. Berthold Seibert, Project Director, Biodiversity and Climate Change Project (BCCP), to SEARCA on 11 April 2012.

The BCCP is implemented by GIZ in partnership with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) to enhance the capacities of ASEAN member states and raise public awareness and understanding of biodiversity conservation in the region.

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A training course on Economic Analysis of Adaptation Options for Local Government Units (LGUs) and an Information Dissemination Forum for Selected Municipalities in the province of Laguna, Philippines were conducted by SEARCA on 16-18 April 2012 in Bayview Park Hotel, Manila.

The two activities were conducted as part of the Philippine component of the three-year project entitled “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change for Selected Southeast Asian Countries,” which is implemented by SEARCA and funded by the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) of theInternational Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.

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Thirty climate change adaptation enthusiasts from the academe, local government units, and national research institutions in the Philippines, including representatives from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Philippine Climate Change Commission, gather to discuss current researches, development initiatives, available technologies, and practices in climate change adaptation in agroecosystems.

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