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LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Amidst the battery of typhoons, as well as the occurrence of El Niño and La Niña, the conduct of a two-day course on Geographic Information System (GIS) to understand the effects of climate change in agriculture is timely. The short course is organized and conducted by SEARCA from 19-20 October 2015.

Read more: Short course on geographic information system for climate change underway

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DILI, Timor Leste – Less than a year after SEARCA Alumni Association of Timor was formed, the group is now hosting the 2nd Regional SEARCA Fellows Association Conference on Food Security, Poverty Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation on 8-9 October 2015 at Hotel Timor, Dili.

Read more: SEARCA alumni spearheads confab on food security and climate change

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Several demonstration projects now being implemented by local government units (LGUs) in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL) and the Ecotown Climate Resilience and Green Growth Road Map in the UMRBPL are two of the critical outputs of a technical assistance granted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in response to the need to demonstrate the concept of ecotowns in sync with the National Climate Change Action Plan (2011-2028).

Read more: ADB-funded climate resilience project wraps up

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Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, SEARCA Program Head for Research and Development, presented SEARCA’s Umbrella Programs on Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Southeast Asia.

MAKATI CITY, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) presented two umbrella programs for attaining inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia during APEC’s Symposium/Workshop on Planning a Collaborative Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Program on Climate Change on 16-17 September 2015 at the Manila Peninsula, Makati City. The symposium is hosted by the DA System Wide Climate Change Office (DAWSCCO) and DA-BAR with the support from DA’s Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA Project 1) being implemented by SEARCA and UPLBFI.

Read more: SEARCA presents to APEC the Umbrella Programs on Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change...

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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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