Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
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:
- Enable institutions to adapt to climate change and mitigate its impact on agriculture and natural resources through training and capacity building;
- Provide technical assistance and advisory to government agencies in Southeast Asia through policy studies, cutting-edge research, regional and national conferences and workshops;
- Generate body of knowledge through scientific research, thesis and dissertations;
- Guide national and local governments to integrate climate change adaptation in national and sub-national development plans;
- Develop projects that will enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation in SEA; and
- 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:
- Research and Development on Climate Change;
- Capacity Building and Knowledge Management;
- Scholarships and Research Grants on Climate Change; and
- Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Development Management