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The University Consortiun representatives with SEARCA Officials and staff, resource persons and guests during its Special Meeting to discuss the umbrella program on CChAM and umbrella program on food and nutrition security.

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (University Consortium) champions collaborative research and development on food and nutrition security and climate change adaptation and mitigation for an inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) in the region.

Read more: The University Consortium adopts the umbrella program on climate change and reviews progress of...

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LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Twenty-three representatives of the Department of Agriculture-Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (DA-AMIA) teams , DA regional field offices (RFOs), and attached agencies and corporations and one representative from SEARCA participated in the training-workshop on “Integrating Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into Policies, Plans and Programs in Agriculture” held on 4-7 August 2015 at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in Los Baños, Laguna.

Read more: DA-AMIA Team Reps and DA-RFO Focal Persons Learn Systematic Climate Change Mainstreaming Method

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Guests and participants of the Policy Roundtable on Improving the Agricultural Insurance to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change in Southeast Asia held at Ascott Makati, Philippines on 29-30 July 2015.

MAKATI, Philippines – The Policy Roundtable on Improving the Agricultural Insurance Program to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change in Southeast Asia, a collaboration among SEARCA, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), and with the cooperation of the Food Security Center of the University of Hohenheim, was successfully undertaken at Ascott Makati on 29-30 July 2015.

Read more: SEARCA and Partners hold Policy Roundtable on Improving the Agricultural Insurance Program in...

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The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) in cooperation with the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim, jointly organize the Policy Roundtable on Improving the Agricultural Insurance Program to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change in Southeast Asia. The Policy Roundtable takes place in Ascott Makati City, Philippines on 29-30 July 2015.

Read more: SEARCA convenes policy roundtable on improving agricultural insurance to enhance climate change...

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Workshop participants at the AMIA-Project 1 Regional Consultation Workshop composed of Agriculturists, Planning Officers, Science Research Specialists, and Information Officers from 15 Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Offices (RFOs); AMIA-Project 1 Consultants; and representatives from SEARCA and UPLBFI.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Representatives of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Regional Field Offices (RFOs) from 15 regions participated in a two-day Regional Consultation Workshop on 6-7 July 2015 while key officials from 17 offices at the DA Central Office and its attached agencies attended a National Consultation Workshop on 8 July 2015 at Torre Venezia Suites in Quezon City. The National and Regional Consultation Workshops served as key components of the project entitled Strengthening Implementation of Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA)-Project 1, which is being implemented by SEARCA and the University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation, Inc. (UPLBFI) for DA.

Read more: SEARCA, UPLBFI conduct National and Regional Consultation Workshops for DA AMIA-Project 1

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Dr. Maria Celeste H. Cadiz (rightmost), Program Head for Knowledge Management at SEARCA, joins Philippine stakeholders, implementers and consultants in the TA workshop that elicited current work on KM and information sharing on climate change in the Philippines and region.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has commissioned the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) based in Australia to develop a Regional Climate Projections Consortium and Data Facility (RCC) that will build regional capability initially in Southeast Asia to develop, access, interpret and apply climate change data and information. In its initial phase, the RCC is working with three pilot countries, namely, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, with the intention of opening this up to other countries once the RCC is operational.

The CSIRO presented its 18-month Technical Assistance (TA) project of the ADB at its inception and planning workshop in Bali, Indonesia, where the whole day of 1 July 2015 was devoted to consulting and discussing with stakeholders the TA outputs, work plan, resource allocation, and documentation. ADB designed the TA to support the efforts of the three pilot countries to better manage climate risks by (1) providing scientifically-sound and decision-oriented climate data and projections; and (2) enhancing their technical capacity to generate, interpret, and apply climate information.

According to Dr. Jack Katzfey, senior climate specialist at CSIRO and TA project leader, the vision of the TA is to build a Regional Climate Consortium that will be the main provider of information on climate and impact assessment in the Asia-Pacific Region. It will feature a portal that would provide a window for knowledge products and advice, current and future climate information, and vulnerability and impact assessment information.

In explaining the rationale of the TA, Dr. Cinzia Losenno, ADB Senior Climate Change Specialist, said that ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs) have asserted a need for improved resources and tools to support assessment of climate change impact, vulnerability, and adaptation options. She likewise noted the limited communication between climate science and adaptation communities; difficulty in discovering and accessing existing studies and knowledge products on climate change adaptation and mitigation; limited documentation of successful adaptations; questionable use of climate projections and scenarios in adaptation activities; and limited guidance in their proper use and interpretation.

The implementing agencies of the project include the meteorological/weather bureau agencies in its three pilot countries, namely, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Badan Meteorologi Klimatologi dan Geofisika (BKMG) in Indonesia, and Thai Meteorological Department (TMD).

Present in the meeting were national consultants and invited stakeholders from the national planning agency in Indonesia (BAPENAS); Manila Observatory, PAGASA, Oscar M. Lopez Center on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (OML Center), GIZ/Climate Change Commission in the Philippines; Chiang Mai and Kasetsart Universities in Thailand; and SEARCA, among others. (Maria Celeste H. Cadiz)

 

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Philippine delegation visits paper recycling facility in Yokohama, Japan.

KAWASAKI, Japan – After visiting an Eco-town Center and recycling plant in Kitakyushu, the Philippine delegation explored other eco-town projects located in Kawasaki, Kyoto, and Yokohama on 19-21 May 2015. The Eco-town Visit is an important capacity building component of the project being implemented by SEARCA entitled TA-8493 PHI: Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watersheds (46441-001), which is spearheaded by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR).

Read more: Philippine delegation visits more eco-towns in Japan, attends IGES forum on CCA initiatives

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CLARK, Pampanga, Philippines – Dr. Jose M. Yorobe, Jr. and Ms. Pilipinas M. Luis bagged the best paper award Socio-economics Category at the 23rd Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines (FCSSP) Conference for their paper titled Improving the Agricultural Insurance Program to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change: Evidence from Corn Farmers in the Philippines. The Conference was held on 11-15 May 2015 at the Hotel Stotsenberg. The winning paper presents the results of the SEARCA-funded study “Improving the Corn Insurance Program to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change”, with Dr. Yorobe as the principal researcher.

Read more: SEARCA Study wins Best Paper in 2015 FCSSP Scientific Conference

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The Philippine delegation visits Ecotown Center in Kitakyushu City, Japan.

KITAKYUSHU CITY, Japan – The Eco-town Visit is an important capacity building component of the project being implemented by SEARCA entitled TA-8493 PHI: Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watersheds (46441-001), which is spearheaded by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR). The Eco-town Visit of the Philippine delegation started at the Kitakyushu Eco-town Center in Japan on 18 May 2015.

Read more: Philippine delegation visits eco-towns in Japan

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In Photo: French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon delivers his message to Information and communications technology-Asia 2015 participants at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Baños, on May 25.

To ensure food security in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, ASEAN member-countries should converge their information and communications technology (ICT), according to French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon.

Read more: French ambassador urges ICT convergence in ASEAN vs climate-change threat

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