Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Southeast Asia (CChAMSEA) Framework News



The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) held its 30th Executive Board meeting on 16 – 18 November 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. Twenty-four delegates participated in the meeting hosted by Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI) in its Setagaya campus.

Read more: Tokyo NODAI hosts 30th University Consortium Executive Board meeting



AN GIANG, Vietnam- Researchers under the SEARCA Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT) Program and from the Agro-ecology Learning Alliance in Southeast Asia (ALiSEA) gathered in An Giang University in Vietnam on 6-7 November 2017 for a forum on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in the Mekong Sub-Region towards Food Security.

The Mekong Region, composed of Cambodia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, is considered by development organizations as a new frontier of economic growth due to its rich human and natural capital. This point was emphasized at the forum where researchers from various parts of the sub-region shared the results of their respective studies. Yunnan Province of the People's Republic of China is a part of this sub-region but was not part of the forum.

Read more: SEARCA and RCRD collaborate on a forum towards promoting sustainable agriculture in the Mekong...


SEARCA, AWG-SF Secretariat, SDC and Partners during the ASFCC Planning Meeting in Bali.

BALI, Indonesia – SEARCA along with the other implementing partners of the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Program Phase III participated in the Planning Meeting for 2018 in Bali, Indonesia on 12-14 November 2017. Switzerland has conferred the status of ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue Partner during the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting on 24 July 2016, and as such, will report updates about the ASFCC twice a year to the ASEAN Secretariat.

Read more: SEARCA, ASFCC Partners hold Planning Meeting for 2018 to strengthen partnership on Social Forestry


Clarissa Ruzol (first row, second from left) together with the Svenska Institutet, the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and funded participants at a reception in the Resilience 2017 Conference, Stockholm.

SEARCA awards travel grant to Clarissa Ruzol, Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Forestry and Forest Governance (DSFFG), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) to present her paper titled "Patterns leading to sustainability: the evolution of social networks in successful community-based forest management in the Philippines." This paper was one of the outputs of the project funded by SEARCA and the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) implemented by the UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) in 2016. In behalf of the paper’s main author Dr. Rico Ancog of UPLB SESAM, co-authors Ayesha Sarapuddin and For. Roel Alfredo Ruzol, Asst. Prof. Ruzol presented the paper in Stockholm, Sweden during the Resilience 2017 Conference held on 20-23 August 2017. She was also funded by the Swedish Institute and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics through the Stockholm Resilience Centre of the University of Stockholm.

Read more: SEARCA awards travel grant for the paper on use of social network analysis for sustainability of...


Participants to the pilot testing of the Project Development Toolkit and validation of Gap Analysis in Lao PDR

VIENTIANE, LAO PDR. The Department of Forestry (DoF) of Lao PDR developed a proposal to improve the guidelines on and harmonize approaches to village forest (VF) and non-timber forest product (NTFP) management during the pilot testing of the Project Development Toolkit from 26 to 28 September 2017. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)-ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF] program management unit developed the toolkit to assist ASEAN Member States (AMS) in developing strategic proposals that respond to emerging issueson food insecurity, poverty, and climate change. 

Read more: Lao PDR-Department of Forestry develops proposal to improve guidelines on and harmonize...



The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)-ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF] program management unit prepared a Project Development Toolkit to assist ASEAN Member States (AMS) in developing strategic proposals that respond to emerging issues on food insecurity, poverty, and climate change. The toolkit draws experiences from the Project Development Assistance (PDA) workshops implemented by SEARCA under the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Phase II and guided by the ASRF Guidelines for Application. 

Read more: SEARCA to Pilot Test the ASRF Project Development Toolkit and validate the Social Forestry Gap...


Forest Resources Management Division, FMB-DENR headed by Mr. Orlando Panganiban presented the proposal on Benefit-Sharing Mechanism to SEARCA-ASRF PMO

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES. The Forest Management Bureau (FMB) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines presented a proposal to document Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms of Community-based Forest Management (CBFM)-People's Organizations (POs) during a meeting on 15 September 2017. The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF] being managed by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is designed to provide Leaders and Focal Points on social forestry of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) with seed fund to enable them to respond to immediate needs or catalyze strategic actions that will address emerging issues and opportunities to which response of the AMS and AWG-SF is critical. 

Read more: Forest Management Bureau of the Philippines to develop proposal on Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms of...


CHIANG MAI, Thailand. Raising awareness on the importance of agricultural biodiversity or agrobiodiversity to sustainable development and food security is a basic concern that was raised in the recently concluded Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Agriculture for Sustainable Development and Food Security in Southeast Asia held at Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand on 12-14 September 2017. 

Read more: Groundbreaking workshop an important step towards a regional action plan on agrobiodiversity


Participants of the Short Course on Cropping System Models and Its Application for Climate Impact Assessment at SEARCA, Los Baños, 4-8 September 2017, with Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director (middle front), and Dr. Perdinan and other lecturers from the Department of Geophysics and Meteorology, Bogor Agricultural University (front middle left to right)

SEARCA conducted a Short Course on Cropping Systems Models and its Application for Climate Impact Assessment at the SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. The entry-level course, which ran from 4-8 September 2017, described a practical approach for simulating crop production using the empirical and dynamical approach. 

Twenty-seven (27) individuals from the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam with diverse academic backgrounds (i.e., young lecturers, master and doctoral students) were selected to participate in the course. They were first introduced to the principles and approaches of crop modeling and its application for risk and impact assessments.

Read more: SEARCA Holds Short Course on Crop Systems Modeling


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