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Posted: Thu, 25 Nov 2010 12:00
SEAMEO BIOTROP co-organizes Study Tour/Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation - 390 time(s) visited
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The SEAMEO BIOTROP hosted 20 researchers, policy advisers and planners from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam  during a “Study Tour-Writeshop on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Indonesia”  held on 21-27 November 2010.  The activity was a collaboration with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) with funding support from the Korea FAO Association (KFA).  

The study tour-writeshop was aimed to 1) expose the participants to Indonesia’s climate change adaptation (CCA) and mitigation policies, programs and technologies; and 2) provide them the chance to reflect on and write about their exposure and their countries’ experience in CCA. 

In his welcome address, Dr. Jesus C. Fernandez, SEAMEO BIOTROP Deputy Director for Programme and Marketing, shared and encouraged the participants to consider some of the major points raised during the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum held in Bangkok, Thailand on 21-23 October 2010 organized by the United Nations Environment Programme.  He highlighted the importance for scientists to work with local and national governments, involve as many stakeholders,  advocate for transparency and accountability, adopt integrated approaches, and be people-centered in developing and implementing projects for climate change adaptation.  He stressed that climate change adaptation should be a shared responsibility across sectors.

The participants received orientations from Indonesia’s National Council for Climate Change, the Ministry of Agriculture Agroclimate and Hydrology Research Institute, the Ministry of Forestry Watershed Office, and the Institut Pertanian Bogor Center for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.  They also visited the DAS Citarum-Ciliwung, a watershed that covers the three provinces of Banten, DKI Jakarta and West Java.  

The writeshop enabled the participants to refine their research proposals and/or write new concept notes for submission to donors, as well as write experience/research notes that highlight the status of climate change policies, programs, and adaptation projects in their respective countries.  SEAMEO SEARCA plans to share these outputs in its  knowledge sharing portal on climate change adaptation called Knowledge Center on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia (KC3) which is accessible at  

Dr. Ulfah Siregar, as the Centre’s representative to the study tour/workshop, developed a concept note on “Conservation and Selection of High Resin Producing Pinus merkusii  for Forest Plantation as Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.” (JF)