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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CChAM) Framework Projects

SEARCA aims to ensure inclusiveness and sustainability in agricultural production and rural development in Southeast Asia by building the capacities of its stakeholders toward a climate change-resilient environment. In particular, the Center conducted a number of climate change-related activities such as: 

 The delegates of the 2nd Special ATWGARD Workshop on the Promotion of Climate Resilience in Rice and Other Crops held on 17 June 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.

2nd Special Workshop: Promotion of Climate Resilience in Rice and Other Crops
17 June 2014 | Rama Gardens Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand

 

During this workshop, the following commonalities on climate change adaptation (CCA) good practices among the AMS were highlighted: (1) the use of adaptive planting calendar; (2) planting of improved and stress-tolerant varieties, technologies/techniques for water use efficiency, e.g., Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD); (3) crop diversification to include changing crops/commodities (e.g., shrimp farming in MRD); and (4) climate risk management via insurance.

 Dr. Candido Cabrido, Climate Change Adaptation and Team Leader orients the LGU stakeholders of Baganga, Boston and Cateel of Davao Oriental on the project.

CCC and SEARCA-led TA Team orient LGU partners on JFPR-ADB funded Green Growth Project

 

The project orientation workshops were conducted in Camarines Sur for Naga City and municipalities of Milaor and San Fernando; Davao Oriental for the municipalities of Banganga, Boston and Cateel; and Malacañang, Manila for Quezon City, Marikina City and Cainta, Rizal.

During the visit and orientation, the LGU representatives and some of their officials were happy and receptive to the assistance to be provided by the project, specifically in terms of capacitating them to mainstream climate change into their local development plans, as well as in demonstrating climate resilient green growth options in the critical watersheds covered by the three project areas, namely, Lower Marikina, Camarines Sur, and Davao Oriental.

Mr. Kentaro Yamane of the Embassy of Japan, Dr. Ancha Srinivasan, Principal Climate Change Specialist of ADB and Mr. Alexis Lapis of the Climate Change Commission (from left to right) during the kick off meeting of the TA on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watersheds held in Mabini Hall, Malacanan, Manila.

Technical Assistance on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watersheds Project
5 May 2014–31 October 2016


The technical assistance will create plans for green growth and resilience in each of the three critical watersheds in the Philippines by considering five dimensions: (1) economic development; (2) resilience to climate change; (3) biodiversity, ecosystems, and social development; (4) greenhouse gas emissions; and (5) poverty alleviation. Through this project, it is expected that the national agencies and participating local government units will remain committed to implementing locally appropriate measures for green growth and resilience, and integrate them into local development plans.

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Second Philippine National Consultative Meeting for the ASEAN Network on Promoting Climate Resilience of Rice and Other Crops
SEARCA, Los Baños, Philippines | 14 April 2014

 

The consultative meeting is one of the key activities at the national level to support the regional initiatives of the ASEAN Technical Working Group in Agriculture and Research Development (ATWGARD). The meeting aimed to present the initial findings and outputs of the case study on climate change related threats and impacts, as well as best practices on climate change adaptation, focusing on rice and maize in the Philippines.

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Impact of Climate Change on the Philippine Rice Sector:
Supply/Demand Projections and Policy

 

The project, which is funded by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), aims to develop a modeling framework for assessing the effects and impacts of climate change and climate variability on rice production in the Philippines. Specifically, the project analyzed location-specific climate risks in relation to the rice production situation by province, and assessed the suite of climate change adaptation measures in rice production. An FGD was conducted in 24 March 2014 to discuss its initial findings.

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Training on Strengthening the Adaptive Capacity of Communities and Local Government Units (LGUs)
13–14 March 2014 | Antipolo City, Philippines

 

A total of 55 participants, 23 females and 32 males, coming from the targeted LGUs of Rodriguez, San Mateo, Tanay, Baras, and Antipolo City participated in the two-day training course. The first part of the training engaged the participants into discussions related to climate change adaptation, which were provided by the experts on the field. The second part of the activity was a string of workshops leading to the identification and prioritization of adaptation options by the province of Rizal and by the LGUs.

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Vietnam 1st National Consultative Meeting for the ASEAN Network on Promoting Climate Resilience of Rice and Other Crops
11 March 2014 | IPSARD Office in Hanoi, Vietnam

 

The consultative meeting is the second of two national meetings (the first one is for Lao PDR) under the project funded by the ASEAN-German Programme on Response to Climate Change. It brought together participants from the Plant Protection Department of Thai Nguyen Province; Department of Crop Protection; National Center for Agriculture and Fisheries Extension; National Maize Research Institute; Hanoi University of Agriculture; SNV-Netherlands Development Organization (in Nge An Province); Monsanto Vietnam; GIZ/GAP-CC; and Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Program of IRRI. During the meeting, participants shared case studies and best practices to stimulate and spread meaningful adaptation responses across the ASEAN region.

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Training on Economic Valuation for Climate Change Resilience and Green Growth: Benefit-Cost Analysis of Integrated Natural Resource Management in Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL)
20–21 February 2014 | Los Baños, Philippines

 

The training was attended by 15 key technical personnel from the local government units (LGUs) of Antipolo City, Rodriguez, and Tanay, all in the province of Rizal, Philippines. The training aimed to strengthen the knowledge and capacity of key technical staff of UMRBPL partner-LGUs and the members of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) in integrating economic variables in natural resource management for green growth and climate change resilience.

Facilitators and participants of the Laos 1st National Consultative Meeting on 21 February 2014 at the NAFRI Office, Vientiane, Laos

Laos 1st National Consultative Meeting for the ASEAN Network on Promoting Climate Resilience of Rice and Other Crops
NAFRI Office, in Vientiane, Laos | 21 February 2014

 

The consultative meeting brought together national agricultural research think tanks from the Laos Department of Agriculture (DOA); the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS); IRRI; GIZ/LM-RED; and the Provincial Agriculture Offices of Xayabouri and Luang Prabang. It aimed to: (1) identify areas where there are climate change vulnerable elements in the supply of rice and maize in Laos; (2) identify good practice case studies for climate adaptation of rice and maize; and (3) use the lessons from these case studies to stimulate and spread meaningful adaptation responses across the ASEAN region.

 Participants at the National Consultative Meeting led by Dr. Ouk Makara (center), Director of CARDI and Focal Person for ATWGARD

National Consultative Meeting for the ASEAN Network on Promoting Climate Resilience of Rice and Other Crops
21 February 2014 | Hotel Golden Sand, Preah Sihanoukville, Cambodia

 

The consultative meeting gathered key officials from CARDI, the Plant Protection and Soil Resources Departments of the General Directorate for Agriculture (GDA), Provincial Department of Agriculture of Sihanoukville and Takeo, Preak Leap National School of Agriculture (PNSA), Center for Livestock and Agriculture Development (CLAD), CelAgrid (private sector), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Cambodia, and the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA).

The outputs of this meeting will be consolidated into a sub-sector analysis for rice and cassava, documentation of good practices, and identification of priority needs, which can be shared with other ASEAN Member States to determine regional support strategies and tools for adaptation.

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First Philippine National Consultative Meeting for the ASEAN Network on Promoting Climate Resilience of Rice and Other Crops
17 February 2014 | Quezon City, Philippines

 

The consultative meeting brought together representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DA) with the DA Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) as the representative of the Philippines in the ASEAN Technical Working Group in Agriculture and Research Development (ATWGARD). The workshop led to the identification of good practice case studies for climate adaptation of rice and corn that can be upscaled into meaningful adaptation responses across the ASEAN region.

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Training on Geospatial Applications and Analysis for Climate Resiliency, Mitigation, and Adaptation Planning for Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL)
10–11 February 2014 | Antipolo, Philippines

 

The training was attended by more than 25 key technical personnel from the participating LGU of Antipolo City, Baras, Rodriguez, San Mateo, and Tanay, all in the province of Rizal, Philippines. The training aimed to increase the knowledge and understanding, as well as develop technical skills of the participants in the application of geospatial technology in the context of climate resiliency, mitigation, and adaptation.

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Climate Resilience and Green Growth in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL): Demonstrating the Eco-town Framework
4 February 2014 | Manila, Philippines


The project covers five local government units (LGU) in the province of Rizal, Philippines, namely: Antipolo City, Baras, Rodriguez, San Mateo, and Tanay. It aimed to demonstrate the eco-town framework in the UMRBPL and strengthen the capacity of LGU for mainstreaming green, climate resilient growth options in development planning. Some of its major activities include the conduct of full socioeconomic profiling at the UMRBPL, climate modeling and risk assessment, greenhouse gas inventory, and production of GIS maps.

The workshop participants: ATWGARD focal points, SEARCA regional and national teams, representatives from Thailand Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, GIZ Indonesia, CCROM, Climate Sense, and IRRI.

Kick-off Workshop on the Promotion of Climate Resilience in Rice and Other Crops
21–22 January 2014 | Nong Nooch Garden and Resort in Pattaya, Thailand

 

The project aims to advance the ASEAN Integrated Food Security (AIFS) and the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFCC).

The workshop brought together resource persons from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, commissioned by SEARCA, who will undertake their respective case studies on climate change impacts of the selected sectors, and ATWGARD focal persons from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in the Agriculture Sector towards Food Security in Southeast Asia (10th Policy Roundtable on Building Capacities for Agricultural Competitiveness of Transition Countries in Southeast Asia)
6–7 February 2014 | Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 

SEARCA, the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), and the General Directorate of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Cambodia jointly organized the Tenth Policy Roundtable on Building Capacities for Agricultural Competitiveness of Transition Countries in Southeast Asia.

The roundtable aimed to (1) discuss an array of adaptation strategies on coping with the challenges in agriculture and food brought about by climate change; (2) appreciate the requisites for an enabling environment to meet its challenges; (3) understand mainstreaming approaches and challenges; (4) identify appropriate entry points at both policy and implementation levels for integrating climate change adaptation strategies into development plans; (5) identify financial instruments to fund efforts in mainstreaming; and (6) explore possible partnerships between and among APAN, SEARCA, other APAN nodes, governments, and other development organizations to actively collaborate on research, capacity building, and other activities to mainstream adaptation strategies in the agriculture sector.

Standing: Dr. Romeo Labios, Dr. Outhai Soukkhy, Dr. Lope B. Santos III, Dr. Perdinan, Dr. Khin Lay Swe, Ms. Imelda Bacuco, Dr. Men Sarom, Ms. Imelda Batangantang and Ms. Kristine Joy Villagracia. Seated: Dr. Teodoro Solsoloy, Dr. Rizaldi Boer, Dr. Attachai Jintrawet, Ms. Myriam Fernando, Dr. Felino Lansigan, and Dr. Do Lin Huong.

Kick-off Meeting for the ASEAN Network on the Promotion of Climate Resilience in Rice and other Crops
20 January 2014 | Nong Nooch Garden Resort, Pattaya, Thailand

 

SEARCA facilitated the project’s kick-off meeting for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-German Programme on Climate Change (GAP-CC) funded project, which aims to support ASEAN in further advancing the implementation of regionally coordinated strategies and policies for food security and climate protection within its Member States in agriculture and forestry sectors.

Under this project, a series of regional forums will be undertaken to (1) promote a common understanding of the climate change related threat to the agriculture sector focused on selected crops (rice, maize, and cassava); (2) identify successful practices and policies at the ASEAN Member States (AMS) level for tackling these climate change related threats that can be promoted and up-scaled; and (3) identify common concerns and capacity needs, and propose regional support strategies and instruments to address these in a coherent manner.

 

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Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia: Final Project Workshop
7–9 January 2014 | Mekong View Tower, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 

Thirty-four participants from the country research teams, local government units (LGUs), the funding agency, a non-government organization, and the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (RUPP) attended the workshop.

The workshop aimed to report the results and analysis of the project’s research findings, highlighting the study sites, methodologies used, and vulnerability and economic assessment results (i.e., mapping, household and social vulnerabilities).

The discussion focused on capitalizing these findings and in identifying what else can be done to expand the impact of the project and further disseminate its outputs.

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1st Regional SEARCA Fellows Association (RSFA) Regional Conference on Food Security and Climate Change
4–5 December 2013 | Don Chan Palace Hotel, Vientiane, Lao PDR

 

Thirty four participants composed of SEARCA graduate alumni from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Timor Leste, and Vietnam, along with NUOL, SEARCA, and University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) officers and staff attended this regional conference centering on the theme “Enhancing smallholders capacity towards food security and climate change adaptation in Southeast Asia”.

In the conference, participants presented their innovative projects and initiatives that focused on assisting smallholders in their respective areas to improve agricultural production amidst the threats of climate change.

[b]Standing (L-R):[/b] Ms. Patti Rahmi Rahayu (ASFNSEC), Ms. Reny Juwita (ICRAF), Mr. Jusupta Tarigan (NTFP-EP), Ms. Joanna de Rozario (NTFP-EP), Ms. Femy Pinto (NTFP-EP), Mr. Gamma Galludra (ICRAF), Dr. Noelyn Dano (ICRAF), Dr. Mariliza V. Ticsay (SEARCA), Ms. Nyhria G. Rogel (SEARCA), Dr. Maria Celeste H. Cadiz (SEARCA), Dr. Maria Brockhaus (CIFOR), Ms. Ria Susilawati (ASFNSEC), Mr.Tomi Haryadi (RECOFTC) [br][br][b]Seated (L-R): [/b]Mr. Sugeng Marsudiarto (MOFRI/Host Country of ASFNSEC), Dr. Doris Capistrano (ASFCC Regional Advisor), Ms.  Pouchamarn Wongsanga (ASEAN Secretariat), Dr. Juergen Blaser  (SDC), Dr. Christine Padoch (CIFOR), Ms. Maria C. Guerrero (NTFP-EP), Dr.Ujjwal P. Pradhan (ICRAF), Mr. Ronnakorn Triraganon (RECOFTC), Dr. Bessie M. Burgos (SEARCA), and Ms. Sagita Arhidani (ASFNSEC).

ASFCC Operational Planning Workshop for Phase II
2–5 December 2013 | Bogor, Indonesia

 

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has joined the partners of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) in Phase II initiatives to promote policy and practices of social forestry for sustainable forest management and participation in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

In this meeting, SEARCA presented the ASFN Strategic Response Fund (ASRF), a flexible funding mechanism to enable ASEAN member states (AMS) focal points to quickly respond to emerging issues and challenges and articulate policy recommendations and directions on the network’s common concern.

Participants of the Final Evaluation Workshop with Dr. Virgina R. Cardenas, Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, and the Project Research Team led by Prof. Maria Emilinda Mendoza.

Final Evaluation Workshop of the Climate Change Adaptation Project
26 November 2013 | SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna

 

As the IDRC-funded project titled “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia” nears its conclusion, SEARCA and the University of the Philippines Los Baños Project Team held a final evaluation workshop.

The workshop aims to provide a venue for an end-of-project presentation of key research results; evaluate through a participatory manner the impact of the project; and discuss lessons learned, gaps, and future directions in the area of capacity-building for climate change and/or related areas of concern.

Twenty-four participants attended the workshop including partner local government units from various municipalities of Laguna, the Country Project Research Team, and key researchers and representatives from government agencies such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 4A (DENR – CALABARZON), Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office of Laguna, and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA).

Climate Change Adaptation for Rural Development and Food Security
25–29 November 2013 | SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna

 

The fourth and last week (Module 4) of the FSC Summer School 2013 held at SEARCA revolved around the topics of climate change adaptation and climate change in agriculture and food security. The Summer School aimed to provide additional knowledge, learning skills, and exposure to graduate and postdoctoral students in various topics related to food security to enhance their graduate programs.

The program offered a combination of class lectures, educational field trips, group work, and field practice. This year’s participants came from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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Workshop Embedding Knowledge Management in the ASEAN
7–8 October 2013 | Jakarta, Indonesia

 

Twenty-five officials and executives from six Southeast Asian countries representing the various stakeholders of the ASEAN Multisectoral Framework for Climate Change (AFCC) participated in this workshop organized by the ASEAN Agriculture Industries and Natural Resources Division (AINRD), and sponsored by the ASEAN-German Programme on Response to Climate Change (GAP-CC) of the GIZ and the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC).

This meeting discussed the importance and relevance of knowledge sharing to the committee’s Strategic Plan of Action (SPA), the importance of networking for knowledge generation, exchange, and peer-to-peer learning, and the emphasis on the need to manage web portals and other information systems.

Training-workshop on Climate Change Adaptation in Watersheds for Water, Food, and Environmental Security in Southeast Asia
15–18 October 2013 | SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

 

The workshop provided 23 researchers and technical officers from five Southeast Asian countries an avenue to further understand the issues and challenges in watershed management in a changing climate in relation to water, food, and environmental security. The workshop also improved the participants’ skills in drawing up an agenda for action towards sustainable watersheds within their work contexts, be it in research, teaching, action programs and practices, and policies. The workshop was co-organized by Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and APAN.

Workshop participants and the workshop management team with Ms. Myriam Fernando of GAP-CC/GIZ standing at the back (3rd from right) and Ms. Amalia Agustina representing the ASEAN Secretariat at her right.  Mr. Shyam Paudel of RECOFTC, standing at the back (2nd from right), serves as Lead Facilitator for this workshop.

Second Workshop-Training for the AFCC Sectoral Group on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation in Development Plans and Investments
24–26 September 2013 | RECOFTC, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Eight technical officers and eight executives representing the ASEAN Sectoral Working Groups in Forestry and in Crops in seven Southeast Asian countries participated in the second roll-out of the Training Workshop for AFCC Working Groups. The participants come from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Similar to the first roll-out of the training of the same title Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, the training-workshop is based on the same module of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Policy Guidance "Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Co-operation”.

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First Workshop-Training for the AFCC Sectoral Group on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation in Development Plans and Investments
3–5 September 2013 | Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

 

Fifteen representatives from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Sectoral Working Group (ASWG) in fisheries and in livestock participated the first of two workshop-trainings on building the capacities of Sectoral Working Groups of the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFCC) on Climate Proofing in the ASEAN context.

This workshop aimed to: (1) promote an understanding of climate change impacts and the need to mainstream climate adaptation into policies, action plans, and projects of the ASWG; (2) facilitate identification and piloting of applications of climate proofing to selected ASEAN initiatives within the AFCC Sectoral Working Group Strategic Plans of Action; and (3) qualify representatives of ASWG as advocates for further application of the climate proofing methodology and mainstreaming of climate adaption in strategies and activities at ASEAN and member state level.

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International Conference: Adaptation and Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change in Asia Pacific: Integrating Scientific Aspects
30–31 August 2013 | Bangkok, Thailand

 

Participated by over 100 scientists and climate change practitioners from 24 countries, this conference aimed to develop a scientific understanding of adaptation and loss and damage as it relates to climate change. Conference participants shared their experiences and scientific knowledge in CCA and disaster risk management from their respective countries.  At the end of the conference, Climate Compatible Development was defined as an intersection between the areas of adaptation, mitigation, and sustainable development. (http://www.asiapacificadapt.net/loss-and-damage-2013)

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Beyond the Climate Change Adaptation Cycle: Learning and Re-learning – A Platform for Peer-to-Peer Knowledge Exchange and Training
12–14 August 2013 | Quezon City, Philippines

 

This three-day activity participated by representatives of national and local governments in Southeast Asia was organized by the Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) Southeast Asia Secretariat, together with its partners – the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU), the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN). It focused on increasing the level of awareness on the importance of urban climate resiliency planning, as well as in enhancing the skills of practitioners to undertake CCA planning in both urban and urbanising cities. (http://www.asiapacificadapt.net/events/beyond-climate-change-adaptation-cycle-learning-and-re-learning-platform-peer-peer-knowledge)

Workshop on Vulnerability, Impact and Adaptation Assessment (VIAA) for Climate Change: Approaches, Methods and Tools
10–12 July 2013 | Hanoi, Vietnam

 

This workshop was co-organized for the Southeast Asian Network of Climate Change Offices (SEAN-CC) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN).It aimed to provide the participants an overview of the approaches, methods and tools in vulnerability, impact and adaptation assessment as inputs to planning of adaptations to climate change. The officials and technical staff who attended the workshop came from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam and belong to SEAN CC.

Participants of the One-Day Appreciation Course on CCAM from DA-MRDP headed by Deputy Director, Engr. Arnel De Mesa (first row, centermost), together with Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, SEARCA's Deputy Director for Administration (first row, sixth from right), Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, Program Head for Research and Development (first row, fourth from left), and Dr. Maria Celeste H. Cadiz, Program Head for Knowledge Management (first row, fifth from left).

One-Day Appreciation Course on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
18 June 2013 | SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

 

Thirty-one staff from the Department of Agriculture-Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) attended this One-Day Appreciation Course on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.

The course aimed to give participants an appreciation of the core concepts of climate change and the available knowledge-based adaptation and mitigation strategies that can be used to effectively respond to it, specifically in the sectors of agriculture and natural resource management (NRM).

Representatives of Local Government Units of the Province of Laguna and the Academe as participants in the Project Dissemination and Sharing Seminar and Training-workshop on Proposal Development and Fund Mobilization for Climate Change Adaptation together with the research team and resource persons.

Training-Workshop on “Adaptation Project Proposal Development and Fund Mobilization”
25–28 June 2013 | Richmonde Hotel, Ortigas, Pasig City

 

The main objective of the sharing seminar was for the participants to gain knowledge on the research results and subsequent recommendations of the project. Hence, the research team presented the results of the household and community vulnerability assessment, the mapping exercise, and the economic analysis of adaptation options. The participants were then divided into smaller groups to discuss (1) the different aspects and components of the project useful to the respective LGUs; (2) the LGU’s specific needs, including data requirements, in climate change adaptation (CCA) planning and interventions; and (3) possible future collaborative efforts in CCA.

Dr. Jose M. Yorobe, Jr. at the enumerators’ training in Echague, Isabela held on1-2 May 2013.

Improving the Corn Insurance Program to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change

 

The study aimed to analyze how GAPs adoption among corn farmers can be implemented to compliment the enhancement of agricultural insurance system in the Philippines. The project was led by Dr. Jose M. Yorobe, Jr., associate professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Economics and Management, UPLB. The study sites are Alacala and Bayambang in Pangasinan, Cauayan City and Ilagan in Isabela, and Malaybalay City and Don Carlos in Bukidnon. These provinces are the top corn producers in the Philippines. The total number of respondents was 426 farmers. The rice component of the project was conducted by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice).

SEARCA Joins Network of Multipliers and Advisors on Mainstreaming CCA in Development Plans and Investments

Regional Multipliers and Advisors: Integrating Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into Development Plans and Investments
12–17 March 2013 | Bogor, Indonesia

 

Organized by the ASEAN-German Program on Response to Climate Change: Agriculture, Forestry and Related Sectors (GAP-CC) together with Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry International Climate Initiative (BMU-ICI)-funded Inventory of Methods for Adaptation to Climate Change (IMACC), the training aimed to: 1) promote an understanding of climate change impacts and the need to mainstream climate adaptation into policies, plans, and projects; 2) identify appropriate approaches for integrating climate adaptation into development policies and investment plans at the national, sectoral, and project levels; and 3) enhance the capacity of participants to act as multipliers/advisors for further application of climate proofing in strategies and activities.

SEARCA joins conference on adaptation trends in Southeast Asia

Trends in Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Asia
5–6 February 2013 | Jakarta, Indonesia

 

Dr. Mariliza V. Ticsay, Head and Coordinator of SEARCA’s Knowledge Resources Unit and the Knowledge Center for Climate Change (KC3) is presenting a paper on “Current Trends in Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture in Southeast Asia,” which is a product of an on-going SEARCA-APAN project on climate change adaptation in the Southeast Asian agriculture sector. The presentation provides analysis on the current status and challenges faced by the 11 Southeast Asian countries in terms of where they are in various stages of adaptation, namely: (1) assessment of impacts, risks, and vulnerability; (2) planning; (3) implementation; and (4) monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

 The project management team of the IDRC-funded project Capacity Building to Adapt to Climate Change. From left to right-Dr. Bui Duc Tinh, Hue College of Economics, Dr. Heng Naret and Mr. Cheb Hoeurn of Royal University of Phnom Penh, Dr. Bessie Burgos of SEARCA, Dr. Bui Dung The, Overall Project Coordinator from Hue College of Economics and Dr. Carrie Mitchell of IDRC.

Project Management Meeting of the “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia”
24–25 January 2013 | Hanoi


The project covers three provinces in Southeast Asia focusing on the dominant climatic hazards affecting agriculture in the study sites: drought and flooding in Kampong Speu province in Cambodia, typhoon and flooding in Laguna province in the Philippines, and typhoon and flooding in Thua Thien Hue province in Vietnam. The Philippine component is implemented by SEARCA through a team of experts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) while the Vietnam and Cambodia components are implemented by Hue College of Economics and Royal University of Phnom Penh, respectively.

 Dr. Herminia Francisco solicits the Laguna Provincial LGU’s official stand on the option of permanent evacuation and relocation of affected residents as an adaptation strategy to flooding, as members of the research team listen. (From left to right: Mr. Valentine Guidote; Ms. Rowena Dorado, Project Research Assistant; Prof. Emilinda Mendoza, Project Country Leader; and Dr. Herminia Francisco)

Consultation with Sta. Cruz, Laguna LGUs on CCA Options

 

One of the options discussed was the relocation/evacuation of residents of severely flooded areas. Mr. Valentine Guidote, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator (PPDC), stressed that evacuation in times of flooding was done in multi-purpose buildings and public schools. He added that construction of permanent structures and the continuous use of public schools as evacuation centers were not preferred alternatives.  Instead, they are considering a road-dike system around Laguna Lake, which will alleviate, if not solve the problems of flooding, potable water availability, and traffic congestion. Though the road dike project is deemed to be of huge potential, it will cost billions of pesos to build.  It has never been subjected to a cost-benefit analysis.

 SEARCA, UPLB, APAN, convene International Conference on Climate Change

International Conference on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Food and Environmental Security
21–22 November 2012 | SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna


The conference also served as a venue for promoting partnerships and linkages among different sectors for collaborative capacity development and research and development activities on climate change adaptation. It involved holistic discussion on institutional, policy, governance, culture, and economic aspects of climate change science.

Participants of REDD+ Regional Workshop. Front row, left to right: Ms. Amalia Agustina, Ms. Rattana Lukanawarakul, Dr. Suchitra Changtragoon, Ms. Catherine Corpuz, Dr. Nur Masripatin, Dr. Elizabeth Philip, and Dr. Mariliza V. Ticsay. Second row, left to right: Dr. Lope B. Santos III, Mr. Trieu Van Luc, Mr. Delon Marthinus, Dr. Guillermo A. Mendoza, Dr. Kinnalone Phommasack, Ms. Remedios Evangelista, Ms. Mayumi Natividad, Mr. Suntra Hang, Mr. Hlaing Win, and Dr. Chanhsamone Phongoudome. Third row, left to right: Dr. Jeremy Broadhead, Mr. Kamnap Phan, Mr. Le Anh Hung, Dr. Samsudin Musa, and Dr. Min Maung Tin.

Regional Workshop on “Strengthening ASEAN Mechanisms for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD plus)”
1–2 November 2012 | Atlet Century Park Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia


The workshop provided a forum for the AMS, not only to review the proposed methods and guidelines for REL/RL and MRV systems, but also to share their experiences (or the lack of it) on REDD plus implementation in the region, with respect to existing laws and policies, current REDD plus-related programs and projects, and a national strategy in place.

In addition, incentive schemes and financing mechanisms were discussed, and some potential collaborative activities on REDD plus implementation in the AMS were identified including initiatives on policy development, capacity building, and information sharing.

 Dr. Guillermo A. Mendoza (rightmost), REDD+ expert, presents the principles, approaches, and proposed methodologies for “Strengthening ASEAN Mechanisms for Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD-plus)” project during the Inception Meeting held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. Others present during the meeting were Dr. Nur Masripatin (third from left), Ms. Pouchamarn Wongsanga (center), Ms. Amalia Agustina Mimbar (third from right), Dr. Khin Maung Nyunt (second from right), Ms. Catherine Frances J. Corpuz (not in photo), Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr. (second from left), Dr. Bessie M. Burgos (leftmost), and Dr. Mariliza V. Ticsay (not in photo).

Strengthening ASEAN Mechanisms for Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD-plus)
20 April 2012 | ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) Office  in Jakarta


SEARCA is tasked to deliver a paper identifying methodological approaches and future technical assistance needs for effective REDD+ implementation in the region, and the guidelines for MRV system development and REL establishment; a paper outlining the incentive schemes and support available for REDD+ implementation for AMS; a report on collaborative research and future activities to promote REDD+ in the region; and a policy brief on REDD+ in the ASEAN region.

 

Economic Analysis of Adaptation Options for Local Government Units (LGUs) and an Information Dissemination Forum for Selected Municipalities in the Province of Laguna
16–18 April 2012 | Bayview Park Hotel, Manila

 

Twenty-three representatives from the Laguna Provincial Planning and Development Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources offices, and LGUs in seven of the 12 municipalities of Laguna that are participating in the project attended the three-day training on economic analysis of adaptation options. Their participation in the training was fully funded by the project.

The participants were given lectures on the following topics: process of screening adaptation options for economic analysis, introduction to economic valuation methods, cost-effectiveness analysis, benefit-cost analysis, and multi-criteria analysis. They also participated in focus group discussions, case studies, and hands-on exercises.

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Adaptation Strategies for Enhancing Resilience of Different Agroecosystems to Climate Change: A Sensitization Course
16–17 January 2012 | SEARCA, Los Baños, Philippines

 

Thirty climate change adaptation enthusiasts from the academe, local government units, and national research institutions in the Philippines, including representatives from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Philippine Climate Change Commission, gather to discuss current researches, development initiatives, available technologies, and practices in climate change adaptation in agroecosystems. 

online course on climate change

Second Run of the “Online Course on Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management”
16 October–10 December 2011


The course provided its participants with an appreciation of the core concepts and available knowledge-based methods and tools to effectively respond to the threats of climate change on agriculture and NRM. Among the various topics it covers were climate change scenarios and how they are made; the vulnerability assessment process; and the different economic valuation tools that can be used to determine the most cost-effective adaptation options. Specific cases that show how climate information was used to inform climate change adaptation (CCA) plans were also presented. As an appreciation course, it provided its participants with enough know-how to better navigate current climate change discourses.

 

Seminar-Workshop on the State of the Art of Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Asia:
Focus on Indonesian Agriculture Sector

17 October 2011 | Kuta Paradiso Hotel, Bali, Indonesia


The seminar-workshop sought to review and synthesize the state of climate change adaptation in the region to help Indonesia in its efforts to formulate effective policies and interventions that will address the dire effects of climate change on the agriculture sector.

Specifically, it aimed to determine the initial and current responses to the effects of climate change in the agriculture sector of Indonesia and the rest of Southeast Asia; and discuss potential interventions and programs for Indonesia.

 

SEARCA also published a number of knowledge resources related to climate change such as Agriculture and Development Notes on Climate Change Adaptation (ADN-CCA), policy briefs, discussion papers, books, technical reports, and proceedings. 

Agriculture and Development Notes on Climate Change Adaptation (ADN-CCA)

Volume 1

    1. Improving Rice Crop Production in a Changing Climate
    2. Mangroves for Climate Change Adaptation: The Case of Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
    3. Community-Based Ecotourism: Livelihood cum Adaptation Strategy for Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia
    4. Coping with Extreme Climatic Events: Stories of Resiliency in the Philippines
    5. A Systems Approach to Reducing Risks in Rice Production in Southeast Asia
    6. Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change in Southeast Asia

Volume 2

    1. Adapting to Climate Change: Strategies of Albay, Philippines
    2. Climate Field School: An Innovative Approach to Agricultural Adaptation
    3. Gearing up towards Community-based Climate Change Program
    4. Bell and Bottle Technology: Community-based Early Warning System
    5. Hydraulic Ram Pump: A Practical Solution to Climate Change
    6. Watershed Management and Governance in a Changing Climate

Volume 3

    1. REDD+ for Climate Change: Ensuring the Rights of Local Communities
    2. Adapting to Climate Change: The Cordillera Experience
    3. A Transdisciplinary Approach to Climate Change Adaptation
    4. Flood Early Warning System: Viable Low-cost Adaptation for Lakeshore Municipalities in the Sta. Cruz River Watershed
    5. Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in the Agriculture Sector in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Lessons Learned
    6. Climate-smart Disaster Risk Management in the Philippines

Policy Briefs

    1. Climate-smart Agriculture: The Action Agenda for Southeast Asia
    2. SEARCA-APAN Policy Brief on Improving the Sub-national Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Agriculture
    3. Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture in Southeast Asia: Broad Trends and Some Policy and Research Recommendations
    4. Landslide occurrences in the Philippines: Contributing factors and implications to local governance
    5. Simulating the Hydraulic Effects of Climate Change on Groundwater Resources Using a Numerical Groundwater Model
    6. Developing “Climate-ready” rice to safeguard livelihoods in the fragile ecosystems
    7. Food Security under Climate Risk: Conservation Farming and Upland Corn in the Philippines
    8. Japan’s Agenda after COP15: Forget Numerical Targets, Give the World a Framework
    9. CURE Approach amidst Rice Crisis and Changing Climate
    10. Flood- and Typhoon-Proofing Communities: Learning from the Vietnam Experience
    11. Tropical Forests and Climate Change Mitigation
    12. Philippine Environment and Climate Change: An Assessment of Policies and their Impacts

Discussion Papers

    1. GIS-aided Biophysical Characterization of Southern Leyte Landscape in Relation to Landslide Occurrences
    2. Impacts of Cyclone Nargis on Livelihood, Food Security and the Agriculture Sector in Myanmar
    3. Strategies of the Agriculture Sector in Korea for the Post-Kyoto Regime
    4. Simulating the Hydraulic Effects of Climate Change on Groundwater Resources in a Selected Aquifer in the Philippines Using a Numerical Groundwater Model

Other Publications

    1. Climate Change Adaptation in Watersheds for Water, Food, and Environmental Security in Southeast Asia
    2. International Conference on CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS AND ADAPTATION FOR FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY
    3. Moving Forward: Southeast Asian Perspectives on Climate Change and Biodiversity (FOR SALE)
    4. A Review of Issues and Challenges in Climate Change and Agriculture in Southeast Asia
    5. Socioeconomics of Climate Change in the Philippines: A Literature Synthesis (1990–2010)
    6. Integrating Climate Change Issues in Southeast Asian Schools: A Teachers’ Guidebook
Parent Category: CChAMSEA

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