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Books on climate, environment concerns launched

Published on 24 March 2017 KC3 News

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines – Three books on climate change and related environment concerns were published here recently.

Much earlier, another book was launched by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization-Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO SEARCA).

The latest publication to roll off the press was "Learning and Coping with Change: Case Studies of Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Asia."

Also newly printed is "Sustainable Forest Management in the Philippines" published by the Society of Filipino Foresters (SFF).

Last Nov. 25, too, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, SEARCA launched its commemorative book titled "SEARCA's First Fifty Years: Pushing the Frontiers of Agricultural and Rural Development."

"Learning and Coping with Change" was the output of the First Regional Knowledge Sharing "Writeshop" on Climate Change Adaptation in Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development, convened in April 2015 by SEARCA and the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation Inc.

OML Center is led by Rodel Lasco, one of the writers of the 13 cases featured in "Learning and Coping with Change." The book was edited by former SEARCA director Percy Sajise and current center officials Ma. Celeste Cadiz and Mariliza Ticsay.

"Sustainable Forest Management in the Philippines" contains materials from a collection of technical works in SFM and closely related areas, which its author, Adolfo Revilla Jr., did with other forestry and allied professionals or as team leader of projects supported by donor and financing agencies.

These works also summarize the knowledge and experience that Revilla had accumulated as a student, teacher and forestry practitioner in nine countries since 1957.

The book commemorating SEARCA's Golden Year tells how the center implemented and supported numerous programs and projects in the SEAMEO member-states and how it worked with the governments of Southeast Asian countries and other agencies that play a key role in R&D in agriculture and rural development in the region. "Moving Forward: Southeast Asian Perspectives on Climate Change and Sustainability" was co-published by SEARCA and the Singapore-based Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Edited by SEARCA head Gil Saguiguit Jr., Sajise and Ticsay, it was the outcome of an international conference organized by SEARCA and cooperating agencies. The conference capped the five-year Biodiversity Research Program implemented in Mindanao involving 14 academic and research institutions with funding support from the Netherlands Ministry of Development Cooperation.

The book, Saguiguit said, "draws attention to what is suspected but not yet well investigated and established link between climate change and biodiversity loss."

Sajise also cited its timeliness and relevance, "especially at this time when we need to know as much as we can about climate change and biodiversity, as well as their very dynamic relationship. It could be a major component of our survival kit in the coming years."

Source: The Philippines Star | 23 March 2017