Southeast Asia


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


Jakarta, Jan 23 (ANTARA) - Over 50 ASEAN representatives and climate change experts gathered in Jakarta this week to exchange ideas and best practices in addressing current and future impacts of climate change.

"During the two-day workshop, participants learned from other's current programs, such as municipal building retrofits in Jakarta, the carbon neutral initiative in the Philippines' Puerto Princessa and various available tools for measuring and monitoring greenhouse gas," said a statement of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat here, Saturday.

Read more: ASEAN explores tools to address climate change


Southeast Asia will be the region hardest hit by climate change by 2030, an Australian government official said.

A decline in water flows from Himalayan glaciers due to climate change would trigger a ''cascade of economic, social and political consequences," warned Heather Smith, deputy director of Australia's Office of National Assessments, the country's top intelligence agency.

Smith's assessment was part of a confidential conversation on the national security implications of climate change with U.S. Embassy officials, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Thursday.

''Southeast Asia because of political turmoil, a growing youth demographic and a general increase in population [will be] worst affected,'' a U.S. government cable reporting the briefing noted. The Herald said the cable was obtained by WikiLeaks and released to the newspaper.

''Southeast Asia faces wild monsoons variations, with effects on littoral infrastructure, agriculture, marine currents and fish stocks. Coastal cities to be hit by subsidence and rising sea levels," the cable said.

Read more: Climate change worse for Southeast Asia


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