Climate Change Adaptation Partners


KC3’s partners help in strengthening the capacity of Southeast Asians in climate change adaptation through sharing, contributing, and/or exchanging scientific materials, publications, information, tools and resources on climate change in agriculture and natural resource management.

apan_logo_2012The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is a Regional Hub of the Global Adaptation Network designed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) co-hosted by the Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES) and the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) based at Asian Institute for Technology in Thailand, with principal office in Pathumthani, Thailand. 

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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CChAM) Framework
for Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia

 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: (i) enable institutions to adapt to climate change and mitigate its impact on agriculture and natural resources through training and capacity building; (ii) provide technical assistance and advisory to government agencies in Southeast Asia through policy studies, cutting-edge research, regional and national conferences and workshops; (iii) generate body of knowledge through scientific research, thesis and dissertations; (iv) guide national and local governments to integrate climate change adaptation in national and sub-national development plans; (v) develop projects that will enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation in SEA; and (vi) 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: a) Research and Development on Climate Change; b) Capacity Building and Knowledge Management; c) Scholarships and Research Grants on Climate Change; and d) Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Development Management.

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uplbInterdisciplinary Program on Climate Change

In response to the emerging environmental problems related to climate change, University of the Philippine Los Banos (UPLB) has initiated the UPLB Interdisciplinary Program on Climate Change in 2007.

The program aims to:

  • determine the highly vulnerable and risk prone areas and communities to climate change and variabilities, and related hazards in priority production areas; 
  • formulate cost effective response strategies to address these vulnerabilities and risks;
  • develop protocols for assessment of vulnerabilities and risk due to climate related hazards; and
  • strengthen institutional capacities for planning towards food security


Program Components

  1. Assessment of the effects and impacts of climate change on different sectors and systems including agriculture, natural resources, biodiversity, aquatic ecosystem, and health;
  2. Integrated assessment and quantification of vulnerability and risks due to natural and anthropogenic drivers of global environmental change;
  3. Disaster and risk management strategies; and
  4. Capacity development through information, education, and communication (IEC) and training programs for managing risks


Activities and Expected Outputs

  1. Development of concept note and program proposal by a multi-disciplinary team under the coordination of the UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM)
  2. Survey of research and development activities related to climate change (past and present) of UPLB units
  3. Seminar and planning workshop on assessment of vulnerability risks due to global environmental change
  4. Implementation of planned priority research projects, such as: identification and development of indicators of vulnerability and measurement of risks; establishment of an environmental database and information system; identification of vulnerable and risk-prone areas to drivers of environmental change and the associated hazards, calamities, and disasters; and, development of response systems and adaptation strategies for managing risks
  5. Implementation of information, education, and communication (IEC) program, and awareness campaign, policy advocacy
  6. Project development and fund generation


The UPLB Climate Change Program is a university-wide program coordinated by the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM).

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IRRI_logoThe International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is a non-profit independent research and training organization based in Los Baños, Laguna.

IRRI develops new rice varieties and rice crop management techniques that help rice farmers improve the yield and quality of their rice in an environmentally sustainable way. We work with our public and private sector partners in national agricultural research and extension systems in major rice-growing countries to do research, training, and knowledge transfer. Our social and economic research also informs governments to help them formulate policy to improve the equitable supply of rice. 

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ICLEI_Logo-glowICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – Southeast Asia Secretariat is an international non-profit association of local governments implementing programs dedicated to sustainable development. It is based at the Manila Observatory Building, Ateneo de Manila University campus, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines. 

ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy. The ultimate aim is to achieve healthy and happy communities. We have developed stable, long-term programs to support local-level sustainability and continue to develop innovative new programs to respond to issues of international concern.

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IWEThe Institute for Water and Environment (IWE) was established under the Decision No. 594/QD-TTg dated 05 October 2007 and the Decision No. 2165/QD-BNN-TCCB dated 17 July 2008 by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on the base of merging three former research centers (Center for Water Resources Development and Environment, Center for Irrigation and Water Supply Research and Center for Coastal Land and Water Resources Research). The functions of IWE are Scientific Research, Technological Transfer, Training and International Cooperation, Water Resources Consultancy and Construction, Irrigation, Drainage and Soil Reclamation, Water Supply, Environment, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration in Vietnam. The Institute is not only the sector- specialized research unit but also a regional specialized research Institute.

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The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization-Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM) is a leading institution in nurturing and enhancing the quality of science, mathematics and technology education in the SEAMEO Member Countries of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Adaptation Learning Mechanism
A collaborative knowledge-sharing platform

Adaptation to climate change is a growing priority for development agencies, governments and vulnerable communities. However, capacity and awareness are often limited, and experiences have yet to be widely shared. The Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM) is drawing from experiences on the ground, featuring tools and practical guidance to meet the needs of developing countries. Seeking to provide stakeholders with a common platform for sharing and learning, the ALM complements the wide range of adaptation knowledge networks and initiatives already underway. For example, the ALM is collaborating with the Nairobi Work Programme, particularly the 'Methods and Tools' and 'Planning and Practices' areas of work, and the interactive weADAPT platform.

The US$1 million, three-year ALM project was launched in early 2008. It is funded by the Global Environment Facility, Strategic Priority on Adaptation (GEF-SPA), with co-financing from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Institut de l’Énergie et de l’Environnement de la Francophonie. The United Nations Development Programme/GEF is implementing the project in partnership with the World Bank, the UNFCCC Secretariat and the United Nations Environment Programme.

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The ALM will develop tools and resources to support:

  1. Adaptation practices – what can be done to adapt to climate change on the ground?
  2. Integration of climate change risks and adaptation into development policy, planning and operations – how can policies and plans support adaptation over time?
  3. Capacity building – how can people be better assisted in becoming equipped for adapting to climate change?


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Climate change poses new challenges to the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture systems, with serious implications for the 520 million people who depend on them for their livelihoods, and the nearly 3 billion people for whom fish is an important source of animal protein.
The key research questions and work being pursued by the WorldFish Center to address these challenges aim to meet the following research objectives:
  1. Diagnose vulnerability;
  2. Understand coping mechanisms and adaptation to current climate risks;
  3. Contribute to mitigation; and
  4. Build the capacity to respond and adapt.
Through rigorous research on impacts, mitigation, and adaptation—combined with practical actions locally, nationally, regionally, and globally—WorldFish aims to provide new knowledge to inform solutions. High-quality research that involves resource users, builds strong partnerships and harnesses political will is crucial for making fisheries and aquaculture systems more resilient to the challenge of global climate change and securing a bright future for the people that depend upon them.

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Central Mindanao University is mandated to "provide programs of instruction at all levels in the arts, sciences, technical, professional, educational, and philosophical fields, and shall concern itself with “pure” and “applied” research in all branches of knowledge for the intellectual and professional growth of faculty members, for the advance instruction of students, and for increasing knowledge and understanding.”

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