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


ASFCC workshop attendees during the Planning Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.

ANCOL JAKARTA BAY CITY, Indonesia – SEARCA along with the other implementing partners of the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Program Phase II participated in the Planning Meeting for 2016 and Initial Planning for Phase III (2017–2020) on 18–20 January 2016.

Read more: SEARCA participates in ASFCC Planning Meeting in North Jakarta, Indonesia


LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Twenty-five participants from training agencies and regional field offices (RFOs) of the Department of Agriculture took part in a five-day facilitators’ training on systematic climate change adaptation assessment last 11-15 January at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in College, Los Baños, Laguna.

Read more: DA Trainers Undergo Systematic Adaptation Assessment Facilitation Training


The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the International Foundation for Science (IFS) have officially launched the call for expression of interest (EOI) in the IFS-SEARCA Collaborative Research Grants in Southeast Asia on 10 January 2016. The call is open to early-career scientists from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

The collaborative research grants approach, which is a first in Southeast Asia, aims to strengthen collaborative research capacity of young researchers and scientists in the field of climate change adaptation and mitigation (CChAM) as it relates to agriculture and rural development in the region. The focal theme of the collaborative research grants is based on the Umbrella Program on CChAM for Southeast Asia. In particular, the priority thematic areas of the grant are as follows: (1) assessing climate change impacts and risks for policy, plans and investments; (2) advancing low-carbon agriculture and rural development; (3) enhancing pro-active adaptation to climate change, variability and extremes; and (4) enabling policies and governance for climate-resilient agriculture and rural communities.

Eligible scientists who express interest to participate in the research grant will be invited to join an online social media environment where they can find and get to know suitable collaborators, create research teams with three to five members, and prepare joint proposals for submission to IFS. Interested researchers may access more details about the grant, eligibility criteria, and the EOI form through the IFS Website. The deadline for expression of interest is on 31 January 2016. (Maria Katrina R. Punto)


A new Agriculture and Development Note on Climate Change Adaption (ADN-CCA) and two Agriculture and Development Notes (ADN) based on papers presented during its Agriculture and Development Seminar Series and the 2nd International Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in Southeast Asia held on 12-13 November 2014 are now available online and freely downloadable.

Read more: SEARCA publishes three learning notes on agriculture and rural development


HANOI, Vietnam – Fourteen officials and staff members of the Philippines Department of Agriculture (DA) plus one local government official drew insights from climate change initiatives in northern Vietnam in a study mission they undertook there on 30 November to 4 December 2015.

Read more: Philippine aggie officials, staff learn adaptation initiatives in Vietnam


Victoria farmer participants of the Climate Change Adaptation Seminar together with the staff of the Municipal Agriculture Office headed by Mr. Elmer Cobarrubias, the ISARD Team: Mr. Henry M. Custodio and Ms. Angelic M. Reglos, with Engr. Marisa J. Sobremisana

VICTORIA, ORIENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – In line with the Piloting and Up-scaling Effective Models of Inclusive and Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (ISARD) Project, SEARCA conducted a training-workshop on climate change adaptation and mitigation titled, What to Expect in and How to Cope with the El Niňo Phenomenon in said municipality on 9 December 2015. The event was spearheaded by the Research and Development Department. The training workshop targeted the upland and lowland farmers of Victoria, and leaders of different farmer organizations, associations and cooperatives, who are potential beneficiaries of the Piloting project, were present.

Read more: SEARCA conducts Seminar on El Niňo Adaptation in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro under the ISARD...


THAI NGUYEN CITY, Vietnam - The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) recently hosted the international conference on Livelihood Development and Sustainable Environmental Management (LDEM) with an agenda pegged on climate change.

Read more: SEARCA confab in Vietnam tackles climate change adaptation strategies


Dr. Esteban Godilano, SEARCA and ERGONS GIS Specialist, and Mr. Alexis Lapis, CCC Ecotown Program Coordinator share the outputs of the ADB Technical Assistance on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape: Demonstrating the Ecotown Framework.

CALAMBA CITY, Philippines – SEARCA and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) facilitated the Local Climate Change Action Planning Workshop of the Municipality of Rodriguez in the province of Rizal on 22-23 October 2015 held in Monte Vista, Pansol, Calamba City. The planning workshop aimed at preparing the Municipal Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) in accordance with the Memorandum Circular of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for all provinces/cities/municipalities to formulate and implement the LCCAP.

Read more: SEARCA and CCC share outputs of ADB Technical Assistance in Upper Marikina for crafting LCCAP of...



LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – To enhance the capacity and understanding of the key people in the agricultural sector on systematically integrating climate change adaptation into agricultural policies, plans, and programs in the Philippines, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) opened its third training-workshop for team members of the Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives in Agriculture (AMIA) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) on 3 November 2015 at its headquarters in College. Los Baños, Laguna.

Read more: SEARCA trains 3rd batch of DA climate adaptation and mitigation focal persons


Participants are highly engaged in applying the systematic adaptation assessment methodology on a fictitious hypothetical case.

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines — Representatives from various offices under the Department of Agriculture (DA) tried their hands at applying systematic climate change adaptation assessment to actual development projects during the training-workshop on “Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Policies, Plans and Investments” conducted by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) at its headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna.

Read more: DA-AMIA Teams, Focal Persons Simulate Systematic Adaptation Assessment in CCA Mainstreaming...