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

Publications

This contains experience notes, adaptation notes, policy briefs, policy papers, technical reports, stories on good practices, and other publications related to climate change adaptation and mitigation in Southeast Asia not just from SEARCA, but also from KC3's partners and other agencies/institutions.

Flooding has increased in frequency in various parts of the country, causing damage to thousands of households every year. It directly affects communities through damage to livelihood and properties, loss of earning, and health hazards. Households dependent on agriculture for livelihood are particularly vulnerable because of the negative impact of flooding to productivity. Damage assessments following flood events are regularly done to determine extent of loss and to identify critical areas for intervention. However, these are often macroscale assessments, which do not necessarily generate information that could be useful for policymaking. At the municipal…
Highlights The Philippines is located in a region where important atmospheric and carbon cycle processes, that are not well understood, take place. Many countries in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This collaboration between Energy Development Corporation (EDC, Philippines), National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES, Japan), and University of Wollongong (UOW, Australia) aims to establish the first TCCON station in Southeast Asia in order to help in satellite validation and atmospheric and…
Abstract  The Philippines enacted two legislations to promote RE deployment: the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 and the Biofuels Act of 2006, in recognition of the advantages of the use of renewable energy (RE) as energy source. However, there remain issues and criticisms on the promotion of RE technologies and on the implementation of the RE laws. Both sides of the debate have their justifications for supporting or not supporting the use of RE resources and technologies. The implementation of…
Scenarios in tropical forest degradation: carbon stock trajectories for REDD+ Human-caused disturbance to tropical rainforests—such as logging and fire—causes substantial losses of carbon stocks. This is a critical issue to be addressed in the context of policy discussions to implement REDD+. This work reviews current scientific knowledge about the temporal dynamics of degradation-induced carbon emissions to describe common patterns of emissions from logging and fire across tropical forest regions. Using best available information, we: (i) develop short-term emissions factors (per…
This enlightening book brings together the work of gender and forestry specialists from various backgrounds and fields of research and action to analyze global gender conditions as related to forests. Using a variety of methods and approaches, they build on a spectrum of theoretical perspectives to bring depth and breadth to the relevant issues and address timely and under-studied themes. Focusing particularly on tropical forests, the book presents both local case studies and global comparative studies from Africa, Asia, and…
Forest-driven water and energy cycles are poorly integrated into regional, national, continental and global decision-making on climate change adaptation, mitigation, land use and water management. This constrains humanity’s ability to protect our planet’s climate and life-sustaining functions. The substantial body of research we review reveals that forest, water, and energy interactions provide the foundations for carbon storage, for cooling terrestrial surfaces and for distributing water resources. Forests and trees must be recognized as prime regulators within the water, energy and…
The Srepok River basin, which flows along four provinces in Vietnam and parts of Cambodia, is presently facing critical issues such as floods and droughts, pollution of waterways, deforestation of catchments, erosion and resultant sedimentation of reservoirs, overexploitation of groundwater, water-use conflicts, and transborder issues. This study aims to investigate changes in streamflow and sediment yield that result from land use changes, and climatic variation in the Srepok watershed. Plausible scenarios of land use change are simulated through Geographic Information…
Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time. Over 30 UNESCO programmes in the sciences, education, culture, and communication contribute to creating knowledge, educating and communicating about climate change, and to understanding the ethical implications for present and future generations. The UNESCO Climate Change Initiative, launched by the Director-General in Copenhagen, federates UNESCO’s work and joins it with that of other UN bodies and aims to help Member States to mitigate and adapt to climate change, to educate…
Rural communities throughout the Asia-Pacific are generally more exposed to climate-driven changes to their livelihoods than those in larger/urban communities. A team led by Dr. Chris Jacobson, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, developed and piloted a community resilience tool to be used to support climate change adaptation within existing development planning pathways. The framework included 39 key questions based around the outcomes related to livelihoods and environment, infrastructure, community, and climate change and disaster management. The…
Klima 101: A Climate Change Guidebook for Philippine Journalists aims to help journalists and editors, including journalism teachers and trainers, to navigate and understand scientific issues better. It hopes to provide a clear idea of the nature of climate change, what types of data and information journalists need to write or produce a story (particularly on the impact of climate change on agriculture and food security), how to report climate issues effectively, and how to influence decision-making in the process, as…
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