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


Kasetsart University hosts 2016 Summer School on Climate Change and Food Security 1

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Kasetsart University now plays host to 28 graduate students and young faculty members from 15 countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa for the 2016 Summer School on Climate Change and Food Security from 25 July to 11 August 2016.

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SEARCA and UPLBFI turnover of drones to DA-SWCCO. In the pictures are DA Regional Executive Directors, Director Alicia Ilaga, Dr. Rex Victor Cruz, Dr. Lope Santos III, and Dr. Rogel Mari Sese.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines - SEARCA and the University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation, Inc. (UPLBFI) turned over two units of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Department of Agriculture System Wide Climate Change Office (DA-SWCCO) during the presentation of the Draft Final Report of the project, Strengthening Implementation of Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives in Agriculture (AMIA Project 1). This was held on June 9, 2016 at Torre Venecia, Timog Avenue, Quezon City.

Read more: SEARCA and UPLBFI turn over drones to DA system-wide climate change office


Relevant institutions need to work together in tackling climate change issues that affect the agriculture industry and those who depend on it for their subsistence and livelihood. Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT

An umbrella program brings together different institutions to synergize efforts towards improving climate change adaptation and resilience in Southeast Asia. 

Read more: Creating synergies with umbrella program on climate change in SEA


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.

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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