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Published on 14 November 2014
As ASFCC’s supporting Partner for its flexible funding mechanism called ASEAN Social Forestry Network Strategic Response Fund (ASRF), SEARCA participated in the ASFCC Phase II Planning Mission from 7 to 12 November 2014 held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The activity aimed to develop synergy among the partner-organizations and the ASFN Secretariat in their capacity building, research, and knowledge sharing and communication activities. The ASRF Regional Program…
Published on 15 September 2014
The first monograph Climate Change Vulnerability Mapping of Selected Municipalities in Laguna, Philippines analyzed the vulnerabilities (in terms of gender, geographic location, ethnicity, and socio-cultural, demographic, and political economic variables) of 12 municipalities in Laguna and presented these as maps that show the relative vulnerability of the communities based on their exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity to climate change-related risks and hazards. The monograph was…
Published on 29 August 2014
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — “What you have is a knowledge building process, what you will gather, integrate it and share it especially among your stakeholders in the communities,” Commissioner Heherson T. Alvarez of the Climate Change Commission emphasized in his message during the formal launching of the project Technical Assistance (TA) on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watersheds held last 6 August 2014…
Published on 7 August 2014
However, rice production in the Philippines faces a number of constraints, namely: growing population, declining land area, high cost of inputs, and poor drainage and inadequate irrigation facilities. Moreover, due to the Philippines’ location, the rice sector becomes highly vulnerable to climate change, which severely affects crop production. Successive heavy rains cause severe drainage problems in paddy fields, thus resulting in a significant reduction in…
Published on 24 July 2014
The Philippine leg of the roadshow, which was held at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City on 8-9 July 2014, brought together around 200 representatives from government agencies, NGOs, climate practitioners, climate experts, academe, research institutions, civil society, business sector and members from local media in order to present the key findings of the IPCC AR5 on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction…
Published on 24 July 2014
Dr. Maria Celeste H. Cadiz and Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, who respectively lead SEARCA’s programs on Knowledge Management and on Research and Development, made the presentation along with other international organizations and ASEAN missions at a partners’ dialogue within the AFCC Steering Committee Meeting at the invitation of the Agriculture, Industry and Natural Resources Division, ASEAN Economic Community Department (AINRD-AECD) of the ASEAN Secretariat…
Published on 24 July 2014
The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation said, that from 1982–2012, pests, diseases, droughts, floods, and typhoons had wreaked havoc on crops resulting to cumulative losses of about PHP 7.09 billion for corn farmers. Crop insurance—a risk management tool—is key to farmers’ financial stability, enabling them to continue production despite severe weather and other challenges that impact their business. In view of this, the Southeast Asian Regional…
Published on 30 June 2014
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) presented the preliminary findings of the national case studies of the pilot ASEAN Member States (AMS), namely: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam on climate resilience of rice, corn, and cassava. The workshop also aimed at sharing information, identifying…
Published on 30 June 2014
The project orientation workshops were conducted in Camarines Sur for Naga City and municipalities of Milaor and San Fernando; Davao Oriental for the municipalities of Banganga, Boston and Cateel; and Malacañang, Manila for Quezon City, Marikina City and Cainta, Rizal. The CCC led by Forester Alexis Lapiz and Ma. Lovella Segayo discussed the green growth and ecotown framework and emphasized the importance of natural resource…
Published on 30 June 2014
The TA is funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) through the ADB, and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) serves as the implementing agency for the government of the Philippines. The TA seeks to demonstrate climate-resilient green growth options in critical watersheds in the Lower Marikina River Basin covering nine municipalities in Lower Marikina (Marikina, Cainta, and Quezon City), Camarines Sur (Naga City…
Published on 30 May 2014
CCROM SEAP, a premiere research center at Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) focusing at enhancing the capabilities of Southeast Asia in dealing with the impacts of climate variability and climate change within the region, works closely with the Indonesian Center for Food Crops Research and Development (ICFORD) under the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in the conduct of the national consultations and sectoral studies. ICFORD, represented by…
Published on 30 May 2014
The online course invites government planners, technical staff at the regional, national and local levels, researchers and practitioners/representatives and staff of regional or national NGOs who are about to start active involvement in, or are relatively new at implementing climate change adaptation initiatives in the agricultural and natural resources sector. Lecturers include members of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), namely, Dr. Rodel…
Published on 30 May 2014
The project officially commenced on 5 May 2014 and is expected to run until 31 October 2016. The project contract was signed on April 21, 2014 at the ADB headquarters in Mandaluyong City, Philippines. The contracting parties were represented by Dr. Ancha Srinivasan and Ms. Hiet Tran of ADB, Mr. Alexis Lapis of the Climate Change Commission, Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. of SEARCA, Mr…
Published on 30 April 2014
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is the implementing agency of this TA, while the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with ERGONS Project Marketing Consultants, has been commissioned by ADB to conduct the study. Secretary Mary Ann Lucille L. Sering of the Climate Change Commission started the meeting by echoing the instructions of President Benigno S. Aquino…
Published on 30 April 2014
Funded by the ASEAN-German Programme on Response to Climate Change (GAP-CC)/Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the consultative meeting is one of the key activities at the national level to support the regional initiatives of the ASEAN Technical Working Group in Agriculture and Research Development (ATWGARD). Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, welcomed the participants to the meeting. In his opening remarks, Dr…
Published on 30 April 2014
The project, which is funded by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), aims to develop a modeling framework for assessing the effects and impacts of climate change and climate variability on rice production in the Philippines. More specifically, the project analyzed location-specific climate risks in relation to the rice production situation by province, and assessed the suite of climate change adaptation measures in rice production…
Published on 25 March 2014
A total of 55 participants, 23 females and 32 males, coming from the targeted LGUs of Rodriguez, San Mateo, Tanay, Baras, and Antipolo City participated in the two-day training course. Also present in the activity was Ms. Olivia Sylvia Inciong, External Relations Officer of ADB. The training was the third in a series of capacity building activities for stakeholders within the demonstration sites covered by…
Published on 25 March 2014
IPSARD is the premiere agricultural research and development institution under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), and serves as the focal agency for the ASEAN Technical Working Group on Agricultural Research and Development (ATWGARD), represented by Mr. Nguyen Kim Chien, Specialist, Technology and Environment Department. The national consultative meeting is one of the key activities of the project funded by the ASEAN-German Programme…
Published on 25 March 2014
The training was sponsored by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) through a Technical Assistance (TA) titled, TA-8111 PHI: Climate Resilience and Green Growth in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape: Demonstrating the Eco-town Framework. The TA is supervised by Dr. Ancha Srinivasan, ADB Principal Climate Change Specialist under the Southeast Asia Department. CCC serves as the implementing agency…
Published on 25 March 2014
The consultative meeting brought together national agricultural research think tanks from the Laos Department of Agriculture (DOA); Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)/International Rice Research Institute (IRRI); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Land Management and Rural Economic Development Programme (GIZ/LM-RED); and the Provincial Agriculture Offices of Xayabouri and Luang Prabang. Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, SEARCA Regional Agricultural Value Chain/Climate Resilience Expert cum Team Leader…
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