Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Southeast Asia

14 May, 2015 by (comments)

mekong-gsmithThis week (May 12th – 14th) researchers from across the region will meet to prioritize gaps in climate change policy, research, capacity development, and knowledge management during the Umbrella Program on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Southeast Asia 2015 – 2020 workshop, to develop a Climate Change Conceptual Framework for Southeast Asia.

Co-organized by CIAT, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Program and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in the Philippines, the workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam, aims to achieve a common understanding of climate change impacts in the region, particularly on agriculture and rural development.

Participants intend to develop a conceptual framework for collaborative research, capacity development and knowledge management in Southeast Asia, and build a collaborative strategy between partners to access finance and tackle climate change.

Agriculture is extremely vulnerable to climate change, with higher future temperatures expected to reduce yields of desirable crops while encouraging weed and pest proliferation; changes in precipitation patterns increasing the likelihood of short-run crop failures and long-run production declines.

Background and project targets

In the developing parts of Asia, more than 60 percent of the economically active population and their dependents—2.2 billion people—rely on agriculture for their livelihoods (ADB 2009). Several studies have identified adverse impacts of climate change on agriculture in the Asia-

Pacific Region. These include decreased yields which could threaten the food security of 1.6 billion people in South Asia (International Food Policy Research Institute [IFPRI] 2009).

There is a need to develop a unified and integrated agenda for collaborative research, capacity development, and knowledge management on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the region, to ensure climate change impacts are addressed effectively.

Toward this end, this consultation workshop is proposed to craft the framework which does not attempt to develop a new research agenda on climate change but to identify priority areas of convergence and collaboration at the regional and sub-regional levels, where institutions can work together, pool resources, and address gaps through joint efforts.

It is expected that the synergy created by the Umbrella Program can produce added value in terms of new knowledge, technologies, capacities, and processes than what is currently being generated by institutions working on their own specific research agenda.

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