Welcome to SEARCA Knowledge Center on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia (KC3)


To prepare for climate change-related disasters, many institutions are now addressing changing climate within their mandates at the global and local levels. While these efforts are useful, relevant knowledge solutions generated by these efforts are scattered and generally inaccessible. In addition, this fragmented body of knowledge needs to be organized, packaged, and shared in formats understandable to and replicable by various users. It is in this context that the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) established the Knowledge Center on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia (KC3).

One-stop-shop of Information

KC3 features SEARCA's Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Southeast Asia (CChAMSEA) Framework to provide quick and easy access to knowledge resources on climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resources in Southeast Asia, a one-stop-shop of information through an online portal of media materials, dynamic exchange of science-based knowledge solutions and good practices, opportunities for graduate scholarship, research and development, short-term training, and policy advocacy, and a contacts database of climate change community members.

KC3 aims to contribute to strengthening the capacity of Southeast Asians in climate change adaptation, specifically within the domains of agriculture and natural resource management.

The knowledge resources harvested by KC3 will be a good basis for policymakers, researchers, development workers, media, and farming/fishing communities in engaging in policy formulation or in discussing and determining policy-related interventions needed on climate change adaptation.

KC3 has received recognition as a finalist in the Clean Energy Marketplace Competition during the 2009 Asia Clean Energy Forum on Investing in Solutions that Address Climate Change and Energy Security, organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

  • Myanmar

    Farmer family are happy in the farm of countryside in Myanmar. Photo and caption by Kyaw Kyaw Winn (Myanmar)

  • Thailand

    Pua District is heavily agricultural. It is a significant maize-growing area. Farmer's zeal to clear more land for maize cultivation has led to deforestation of vast tracts of hillsides. Now ,the “Nan Model” initiatives helped the repair work to progress faster than other projects under bureaucratic implementation. More than 110 reservoirs and associated structures were renovated with benefits flowing to more than 22,000 rai of agricultural areas. “Nan Model” initiatives are not only limited to the renovation of reservoirs and water distribution systems. They encompass the construction of pipelines that enable villagers to manage water resources on their own, preparation of water management plans to boost productivity, expansion of environmental awareness, and improvement in understanding of reforestation efforts and adverse effects of slash-and-burn agriculture. Photo and caption by Hansa Tangmanpoowadol (Thailand)

  • Philippines

    Agricultural trash to Cash. Before farmers throw their piles of coconut husk in the river causing environmental concerns. Now the Tunay Tapat Lahing Pilipino Cooperative (TTLPC) process the coconut husk into fiber, coco geo net and rope. Cooperative farmer members were able to have extra income from Coco fiber products such as coco geonets, coco pleat etc. while in their free time both farmer and their wife . Enabling them to send their children to school, have a housing loan from Cooperative and other services. Coco geonet has a high demand both locally and internationally for slope protection, planting products and others. Photo and caption by Kathrino V. Resurreccion (Philippines)

  • Indonesia

    Climate change is one of the world's issues which results in instability both from the agricultural sector to the marine sector. By utilizing some of the knowledge gained from the training and counseling of residents in the coastal villages of the city of Makassar with school students doing a reforestation movement in the form of planting mangroves to increase the area of protection for fish and crabs as one of the people's livelihoods and prevent abrasion due to increased sea water volume. Photo and caption by Ismail Amin (Indonesia)

  • Vietnam

    Drought season in the local area is no longer water because of hot sun, this is the last pond for livestock Photo and caption by Do Huu Tuan (Vietnam)