Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CChAM) Framework Projects


SEARCA’s Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CChAM) Framework for Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia aims to contribute to an enabled environment for rural poverty reduction and food security via built capacities and institutions that ensure climate change resiliency in agricultural production and sustainable natural resource management in Southeast Asia.


The overall goal of the project is to enhance ASEAN’s ability to coordinate efforts for REDD-plus at the regional and international levels to address the issue of climate change and its impact in ASEAN Member States. Moreover, the specific objectives are to: (1) promote the utilization of the ASEAN strategy and common positions on REDD-plus in the international arena; and (2) develop and promote the application of guidelines for measuring and reporting emissions and removals, forest carbon stocks and area changes and establishing Reference Emission Levels as key entry requirements for REDD-plus programs in ASEAN Member States. Fundamentally, the project is aimed at developing Guidelines for Measuring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV), and establishing Reference Emission Levels and/or Reference Levels (REL/RL).

Read more: Strengthening ASEAN Mechanisms for Reducing Emission for Deforestation and Forest Degradation...



The Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL) covers an area of 26,125.64 hectares bordered in the West by the Lungsod Silangan Townsite Reservation and Pamitinan Protected Landscape; in the Southwest by the Integrated Social Forestry Program; on the South by Alienable and Disposable Lands; in the East by Kaliwa Forest Reserve; and in the North by the Angat Watershed Reservation. The watershed is a mountainous terrain with Marikina River as the main waterway influencing the Rizal province and flowing in the southwest direction towards Laguna Lake.

Read more: ADB TA 46225-001 PHI - Climate Resilience and Green Growth in the Upper Marikina River Basin...



SEARCA is WorldFish Center’s partner along with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) in a USAID-funded project titled, From Ridge to Reef: An Ecosystem Based Approach to Biodiversity Conservation and Development in the Philippines. The project aimed to address key issues affecting biodiversity conservation around the Mt. Malindang area in Mindanao, Philippines. Mt. Malindang and its environs were identified as extremely high priority conservation area under the National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan (NBSAP) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The watersheds connected to the coastal systems via Langaran and Layawan Rivers within Mt.Malindangserved as ideal settings for the project. Langaran River, which supplies irrigation water to adjacent farmlands, is threatened with prevalent quarrying and illegal fishing methods. In contrast, the Layawan River was regarded as the “Cleanest and Greenest River” both at the regional and national levels.

The Ridge to Reef program was conceived considering the unique features of Mt. Malindang. As recipient of various conservation programs including the Biodiversity for Research Programme (BRP) implemented by SEARCA and funded by the government of the Netherlands in 2001–2005, Mt. Malindang is a strategic site for piloting and modifying biodiversity conservation measures. In turn, it shall serve as a model site of a complex environment integrated in one framework for more sustainable biodiversity conservation.

Read more: FROM RIDGE TO REEF An Ecosystem Based Approach to Biodiversity Conservation and Development in...



Food Facility – Facility for Rapid Response to Soaring Food Prices in Developing Countries 


EU-FPAVAS is funded by the European Union under its Food Facility – Facility for Rapid Response to Soaring Food Prices in Developing Countries. SEARCA implements this project together with the French Agricultural Research Center for International Development (CIRAD) and the six provincial governments of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro, in association with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). The EU-FPAVAS project has a duration of 22 months from January 2010 to October 2011.

In general, the project aims to enhance food security and reduce poverty of poor families particularly the vulnerable sectors in the target provinces to buffer the effects of volatile food prices and climate change. The specific objectives of the project are as follows:

Read more: European Union-Focused Food Production Assistance To Vulnerable Sectors (EU-FPAVAS)


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