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



Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines—Images of small-scale Asian farmers, fishers, and retailers in their colorful work environments were adjudged best photos in the recently concluded 11th Photo contest of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), headquartered here. Three Vietnamese photographers bagged the first, second, and third prizes with their entries to the annual tilt. 

Read more: SEARCA announces winners of its 11th Photo contest


The Regional SEARCA Alumni Association (RSAA) will hold its Executive Board Meeting and Workshop on 8-9 January 2018 at SEARCA Headquarters in Los Baños, Philippines. The two-day workshop aims to develop a collaborative research proposal in the fields of climate change and food security, which may be submitted to different funding sources.

Read more: Regional SEARCA Alumni Association to hold Executive Board Meeting and Workshop


The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Leaders and Focal Points

The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF], managed by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), received eight (8) proposals from seven (7) ASEAN Member States (AMS), namely, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The proposals submitted are on social forestry assessment and its contribution to livelihood (Cambodia); improvement of a training guide on Village Forestry Management Planning (Lao PDR); assessment and sustainable utilization of non-timber forest products (Myanmar and Thailand); a study of existing benefit-sharing mechanisms in community-based forest management (the Philippines); development of a community-based eco-tourism project (Malaysia); and an evaluation of the status of forest allocation policies (Viet Nam). 

Read more: ASEAN Member States develop proposals on Social Forestry for ASRF Funding


BANGKOK, Thailand — Representatives of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) and Dr. Didier Pillot of Montpellier SupAgro conducted a workshop for the MS Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC) project on 12-13 December 2017 hosted by Kasetsart University.

Read more: University Consortium holds Regional Workshop on MS Food Security and Climate Change


From left: Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman and Commissioner Noel Gaerlan of the Climate Change Commission (CCC); Dr. Lope Santos III, Unit Head of Project Development and Technical Services (PDTS); and Mr. Alexis Lapiz of CCC during the Launching of Communities of Resilience (CORE) Learning Modules on 22 November 2017 at Sofitel Hotel, Manila.

MANILA, Philippines–SEARCA handed over to the Climate Change Commission (CCC) the Final Report of the project Climate Resilience and Green Growth (CRGG) in Critical Watersheds during the Climate Change Consciousness Week held on 22 November 2017 at Sofitel Hotel. 

Read more: SEARCA hands over Climate Resilience and Green Growth Report to CCC


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