Climate Change Adaptation Partners


KC3’s partners help in strengthening the capacity of Southeast Asians in climate change adaptation through sharing, contributing, and/or exchanging scientific materials, publications, information, tools and resources on climate change in agriculture and natural resource management.

SEARCA logoClimate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CChAM) Framework
for Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia

The Southeast Asian Region is widely considered as one of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. Considering the various risks associated with climate change and their implications for agricultural development in Southeast Asia, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), has prioritized climate change and risk management under its 9th Five-Year Plan (FYP) thematic focus on natural resource management. 

SEARCA’s Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CChAM) Framework is envisioned to contribute to the twin goals of food security and poverty reduction through ensuring climate change resiliency in the agricultural production and sustainable natural resources management in Southeast Asia. Specifically, the program aims to: (i) enable institutions to adapt to climate change and mitigate its impact on agriculture and natural resources through training and capacity building; (ii) provide technical assistance and advisory to government agencies in Southeast Asia through policy studies, cutting-edge research, regional and national conferences and workshops; (iii) generate body of knowledge through scientific research, thesis and dissertations; (iv) guide national and local governments to integrate climate change adaptation in national and sub-national development plans; (v) develop projects that will enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation in SEA; and (vi) manage knowledge on climate change through website, publications and public awareness campaign.  

Within the framework of SEARCA’s 9th FYP and building on the Center’s past and current initiatives on climate change, the CChAM Framework works for the synergy of SEARCA’s core programs, namely graduate scholarship, research and development, and knowledge management. It has the following components: a) Research and Development on Climate Change; b) Capacity Building and Knowledge Management; c) Scholarships and Research Grants on Climate Change; and d) Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Development Management.

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APAN logoThe Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is a Regional Hub of the Global Adaptation Network designed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) co-hosted by the Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES) and the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) based at Asian Institute for Technology in Thailand, with principal office in Pathumthani, Thailand. 

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CMU logoCentral Mindanao University is mandated to provide programs of instruction at all levels in the arts, sciences, technical, professional, educational, and philosophical fields, and shall concern itself with "pure" and "applied” research in all branches of knowledge for the intellectual and professional growth of faculty members, for the advance instruction of students, and for increasing knowledge and understanding.

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CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) logoThe CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) seeks to address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies, and measures through strategic, broad-based global partnerships. Led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), CCAFS is a collaboration among all 15 CGIAR Research Centers and coordinates with the other CGIAR research programs. Learn more about our people.

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Climate Change Commission (CCC) logoThe Climate Change Commission (CCC), which is attached to the Office of the President, is an independent and autonomous agency with the same status as that of a national government. It is the sole policy-making body of the government tasked to coordinate, monitor and evaluate the programs and action plans of the government relating to climate change.

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ICLEI logoICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – Southeast Asia Secretariat is an international non-profit association of local governments implementing programs dedicated to sustainable development. It is based at the Manila Observatory Building, Ateneo de Manila University campus, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines. 

ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy. The ultimate aim is to achieve healthy and happy communities. We have developed stable, long-term programs to support local-level sustainability and continue to develop innovative new programs to respond to issues of international concern.

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IWE logoThe Institute for Water and Environment (IWE) was established under the Decision No. 594/QD-TTg dated 05 October 2007 and the Decision No. 2165/QD-BNN-TCCB dated 17 July 2008 by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on the base of merging three former research centers (Center for Water Resources Development and Environment, Center for Irrigation and Water Supply Research and Center for Coastal Land and Water Resources Research). The functions of IWE are Scientific Research, Technological Transfer, Training and International Cooperation, Water Resources Consultancy and Construction, Irrigation, Drainage and Soil Reclamation, Water Supply, Environment, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration in Vietnam. The Institute is not only the sector- specialized research unit but also a regional specialized research Institute.

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IRRI logoThe International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is a non-profit independent research and training organization based in Los Baños, Laguna.

IRRI develops new rice varieties and rice crop management techniques that help rice farmers improve the yield and quality of their rice in an environmentally sustainable way. We work with our public and private sector partners in national agricultural research and extension systems in major rice-growing countries to do research, training, and knowledge transfer. Our social and economic research also informs governments to help them formulate policy to improve the equitable supply of rice. 

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MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology logoMindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology is dedicated to academic excellence with a commitment for the holistic development of the individual and the society. Founded in 1968 under the provision of Republic Act (RA) 5363, MSU-IIT is known for its excellence in science and technology and its passion for extensive research and community involvement.

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Oscar M. Lopez (OML) Center logoThe Oscar M. Lopez (OML) Center was envisioned as an institution that would support the generation of the science and technology needed for building resilient communities. They realized this vision by making sure that relevant climate science cuts across sectors, rather than sitting unused on a bookshelf. They aim to work closely with the decision-makers of business and policy, the groups with the greatest capacity for sustained climate action. They give them the information and the tools they need to make climate-smart risk management decisions. The OML Center is built on the belief that no Filipino should face climate challenges unprepared.

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PhilRice logoThe Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

The Institute accomplishes this through research and development work in our central and branch stations, coordinating with a network that comprises 57 agencies and 70 seed centers strategically located nationwide.

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SEAMEO RECSAM logoThe Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization-Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM) is a leading institution in nurturing and enhancing the quality of science, mathematics and technology education in the SEAMEO Member Countries of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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UPLB logoInterdisciplinary Program on Climate Change

In response to the emerging environmental problems related to climate change, University of the Philippine Los Banos (UPLB) has initiated the UPLB Interdisciplinary Program on Climate Change in 2007.

The program aims to:

  • determine the highly vulnerable and risk prone areas and communities to climate change and variabilities, and related hazards in priority production areas; 
  • formulate cost effective response strategies to address these vulnerabilities and risks;
  • develop protocols for assessment of vulnerabilities and risk due to climate related hazards; and
  • strengthen institutional capacities for planning towards food security

Program Components

  1. Assessment of the effects and impacts of climate change on different sectors and systems including agriculture, natural resources, biodiversity, aquatic ecosystem, and health;
  2. Integrated assessment and quantification of vulnerability and risks due to natural and anthropogenic drivers of global environmental change;
  3. Disaster and risk management strategies; and
  4. Capacity development through information, education, and communication (IEC) and training programs for managing risks

Activities and Expected Outputs

  1. Development of concept note and program proposal by a multi-disciplinary team under the coordination of the UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM)
  2. Survey of research and development activities related to climate change (past and present) of UPLB units
  3. Seminar and planning workshop on assessment of vulnerability risks due to global environmental change
  4. Implementation of planned priority research projects, such as: identification and development of indicators of vulnerability and measurement of risks; establishment of an environmental database and information system; identification of vulnerable and risk-prone areas to drivers of environmental change and the associated hazards, calamities, and disasters; and, development of response systems and adaptation strategies for managing risks
  5. Implementation of information, education, and communication (IEC) program, and awareness campaign, policy advocacy
  6. Project development and fund generation

The UPLB Climate Change Program is a university-wide program coordinated by the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM).

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World Fish logoClimate change poses new challenges to the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture systems, with serious implications for the 520 million people who depend on them for their livelihoods, and the nearly 3 billion people for whom fish is an important source of animal protein.

The key research questions and work being pursued by the WorldFish Center to address these challenges aim to meet the following research objectives:

  1. Diagnose vulnerability;
  2. Understand coping mechanisms and adaptation to current climate risks;
  3. Contribute to mitigation; and
  4. Build the capacity to respond and adapt.

Through rigorous research on impacts, mitigation, and adaptation—combined with practical actions locally, nationally, regionally, and globally—WorldFish aims to provide new knowledge to inform solutions. High-quality research that involves resource users, builds strong partnerships and harnesses political will is crucial for making fisheries and aquaculture systems more resilient to the challenge of global climate change and securing a bright future for the people that depend upon them.

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