Southeast Asia


Lower Mekong countries on January 26 agreed to adopt a set of strategic priorities for the basin-wide sustainable development of water resources, introducing a five-year action plan that addresses both economic opportunities and potential environmental and social impacts.

The Basin Development Strategy was endorsed at a three-day meeting in Ho Chi Minh City by the water and environment ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, the four member countries of the Mekong River Commission.

It is a product designed and owned by the countries after consultations with other regional stakeholders.

Read more: Mekong nations adopt water development directions, tool launched for hydropower assessment


LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines  – A guidebook to be used in teaching climate change (CC) issues in public schools in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, is off the press.

The 349-page handbook, titled Integrating Climate Change Issues in Southeast Asian Schools, is a project of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), an intergovernment treaty body founded in 1965 to foster cooperation among Southeast Asian nations in the fields of education, science, and culture.

Read more: Climate change to be taught in SEA schools



Kick off meeting

In the photo: Dr. Juan M. Pulhin, SEARCA consultant for the ADB project, is attending the kick-off meeting together with the nine other international and local consultants.

The Asian Development Bank has commissioned AECOM Asia Co. Ltd. as lead consulting firm for this Technical Assistance (TA).  SEARCA collaborates with AECOM Asia Co. Ltd. in the ADB project TA7189-INO: Institutional Strengthening for Integrated Water Resources Management in the 6 Cis River Basin (CRB) Territory (Package E) by providing professional technical service on climate change. The TA aims to strengthen the institutional capacity of the National, Provincial and Municipal governments of the Republic of Indonesia in accordance with its 2004 Water Law with implementation directed through common strategic planning. Through the provision of the TA, the project hopes to increase the ability of the stakeholders to successfully and efficiently manage the Water Resources to cope with climate change impact in the CRB area. For this partnership, SEARCA has engaged Dr. Juan M. Pulhin as the International Consultant for the Agriculture and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist Position.

Read more: SEARCA participates in the kick-off meeting of the ADB project in Indonesia


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